3 May 2016

A Hike Up Win Hill

In an attempt to up our hiking game, we headed off to explore Win Hill one sunny, warm Saturday morning.

The initial ascent is through thick woodland and up particularly steep steps, most of which are naturally occurring due to the roots of the trees and rocks in the hillside.  Alongside the path runs a stream and some small waterfalls, which is bordered by lush, green foliage.
It is a steep hike, but not a very long one.  You break out of the trees to a more familiar moorland setting with ground covered in heather and craggy rocks, plus the obligatory roaming sheep.
The final section of the hike to the top consists of a rocky scramble and then the most unbelievable 360 degree view. I was blown away by this, purely because I'd never been able to see so many of the areas of the Peak District that I usually visit and more, all from one spot.  As I turned I could see Ladybower and the road alongside that leads up to Slippery Stones, the beginnings of Snake Pass, Bamford, Hathersage and Hope.  I could also see the wonderful Castleton and Peveril Castle, as well as Winnats Pass.
After marvelling at the spectacular views and a quick snack break, we made our way back down the hill.  This time we went a longer and decidedly less steep route to the bottom.  We went through a thicker section of woodland which then took us out to the path that snakes around the edge of Ladybower reservoir.
This was by far one of the best hikes I've done in a long while and has inspired me to start looking for more to try each weekend!

If you are in the area, I would totally recommend giving this hike a go.  The way we got there was to park at the bottom of Lydgate Lane near Yorkshire Bridge Inn, then cross the bridge at the bottom and turn right.  There is a set of steps on the left after a gate.  Just head straight up and you'll see signposts to Win Hill.

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8 comments

  1. Hello, Anya! First of all, AMAZING blog. Secondly, this place looks heavenly. I can certainly imagine it was invigorating for the soul...

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    1. Hey! Thanks so much, it definitely was x

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  2. I love hiking and this looks SO lovely! :) x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

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  3. This looks like a wonderful hike! I love the combination of woodland, hill tops and the lake. Beautiful!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

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    1. It was such a treat to discover this route too (after almost 4 years of living nearby too, whoops!) x

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  4. This looks so so beautiful and I love your photography, as always. I wish I was more into hiking, I've never actually tried though so maybe I should just pack a bag of blister plasters and get over myself because the views look like nothing I've ever seen! Right, you've inspired me!
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, I'd definitely suggest some plasters if you've not done it before. It is so therapeutic though. I've always loved the outdoors, but it took me a while to enjoy the actual hiking aspect i.e. just being a bit lazy to climb up the side of a hill ;) I'm an addict now. I hope you enjoy it if you do have a go! x

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