Mytholmroyd – Churn Milk Joan

4.54 Miles – Circular – Steep – Sturdy Shoes Required

This was a lovely work from Mytholmroid station, up the hill, the views were beautiful. There were sheep, cows and a bug hill but it was absolutely worth it. There’s lots of chance for off leading, but on the hill there’s sheep and in the open fields part there is a chance of cattle.

ViewRanger Map here

On the way home we made a quick detour to visit Magic Rock Tap


Digley Reservoir

5.22 Miles – Circular – Mostly Good Paths

This is a nice walk with a couple of steep inclines, great swimming opportunities and lots of off lead. There is some sheep and ground nesting birds as you walk across the moor though.

ViewRanger Map here

Places we like to visit

Magic Rock Tap

Summer Wine Brewery Tap

Fairburn Ings

4.8 Miles – Circular – Good Path

This is a nice walk, through the nature reserve at Fairburn Ings and round in a big circle back to the start. It can be mostly done off lead, with just a couple of short road sections. There might be sheep in the field at the end, so take care here.

ViewRanger Map here


Vicar Waters Extended

3.12 Miles – Circular – Good Paths

We regularly walk around here when we visit Mum, it’s quite close by and a really nice little park. There’s swimming and the walk lengths can vary. Although this walk looks like it’s partly on a road, it’s not a road that’s used, so off leading is usually ok here.

ViewRanger Map Here

Shirebrook Woods Extended

5 Miles – Circular – Mostly Good Paths

This is a nice park with lots of fishing lakes. There is space for swimming, but the fishermen can be a bit grumpy so watch out for that.

Staying in the park gives you about a 3 mile walk all the way round, but as it was a nice day we decided to stray from the route a little and extend the walk. We walked along the Archaeological Way and through some woods in our extension. Charlie could be off lead most of the way round, there was a little bit that had some gateways on to a road, so be a bit careful there.

ViewRanger Map here


5.83 miles – Circular – Very good paths

Having a desire to eat breakfast at the lovely Upshot Espresso lead to a bit of a circular road trip around the Peak District.

We chose to do the simplest route around Ladybower, the paths are fine, there’s a tiny bit of road, lots of sheep and the signs ask that dogs are kept on leads all the way round.

ViewRanger Map here


Places we like to visit

This circular route took in a variety of places:

Upshot Espresso

Magic Rock Tap

Summery Wine Brewery

Pighill Wood

Circular – 2.9 Miles – Muddy, hilly…

We made this walk up, we had plans to visit Magic Rock Tap and it was raining, so we wanted something short nearby. We found this area in ViewRanger and decided to give it a go. It was generally a good walk, a bit steep at the beginning, but the woods were nice, it was a bit muddy, but it was raining.

We did have to nip over the golf course, it does have footpaths though and was completely empty due to the weather. We also found we had to climb over a small wall right at the end to stay on the path, but it wasn’t too high.

ViewRanger Map here


Places we like to visit nearby

Magic Rock Tap

Pax Burger

Loughrigg Fell

4.51 miles – Circular – Steep rocky paths – Possibility of mud

This was the hardest walk we did while in the lakes this time. Quite a steep climb initially, then a more gentle downhill. Great change to look in Rydall Cave and the views are beautiful. Charlie was off lead for pretty much the whole walk.

We took a little detour as we left the top of the hill to a small tarn so Charlie can have a swim, so there’s a small bit of the map that takes you off the path, but it can be ignored. Also, if you use the ViewRanger map, it went a bit loopy when I went in the cave, but it’s still fine.

ViewRanger Map here