Start Point Mortimer Road, Opposite Broomhead Hall Farm, near Wigtwizzle. Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 24185 96223  
Length 5.75 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade Steady climb to open moorland. Uneven ground in places.  

Brief Description

A walk through a variety of landscapes, from a quiet valley with a stone circle, to open moorland, and parkland. This walk is a loop around Broomhead Moor which returns via the hamlet of Wigtwizzle and the grounds of Broomhead Hall.

Mostly well defined rough paths and tracks. Some walking on open moorland, so appropriate equipment is required.


Path down to the stone circle

Go through the gate onto Broomhead Moor. Take the farm track that heads off in a north westerly direction.

Follow the track as it dips down to cross a stream. There are a number of cairn up to the left. This are was important in the neolithic period.

To visit the stone circle take the path to the right of the footpath marker post. There is a well defined path to the left of the sign, don't take that one.

The stone circle is marked by a wooden post. The circle can be difficult to make out in the heather and rhododendron. It is about 15m in diameter with larger stones forming a northern entry. Their is a cairn in the centre of the circle. Click for more information on Ewden Beck stone circle.

Having visited this ancient site return to the farm track to continue the walk.


shooting lodge

Continue along the farm track, twisting up the hill until you reach the shooting lodge.

Go past the lodge and swing left, up onto the Moor.

from the last grouse butt head out across the moor.

When you reach the last of the grouse butts the farm track ends. There is a stream that runs from right to left.

One route to the track across the Moor is to follow this stream to the left until it meets the path.

Alternatively continue in a southerly direction onto the moor. Walk across the heather for about 300m until you cross the main path.

Path across Broomhead Moor back to Mortimer Road.

Turn left and follow the path on an easterly heading. The path broadens out to become a wide track.

Follow the track all the way back to the Mortimer Road.

Turn left and go a short distance along the road until you reach the junction.

There is an interesting Ordinance Survey marker stone in the green fenced enclosure.

Exit off Mortimer Road onto the bridle path.

At the junction enter through the farm gate and go down the bridle path, between the stone walls.

Follow the track through the farmyard and down to the road junction.

cut back towards Wigtwizzle

At the junction cut back sharp left onto Lee Lane and head towards Wigtwizzle.

Wigtwizzle is a hamlet and a road junction.

path onto the Broomhead Hall estate

At the junction with Moor Lane continue along Lee Lane. Just beyond the junction there is a sign posted stone stile into the grounds of Broomhead Hall.

Cross the stile and continue in the same direction, crossing a small stream.

Proceed due north, aiming for the gate where the wire fence meets the stone wall.

Pass through the gateway and cross the field swinging slightly to the left, heading in a north westerly direction.

throgh the grounds of Broomhead Hall

As you pass over the slight brow you will see the path continue up the hill though a couple a gates and over a bridge.

Look out for the blue signs marking the footpath.

Cross the stile and continue up the hill.

Aim to go to the right of the farm buildings.

After passing the farm building you will reach a large stone wall with a gateway. About 25m to the left of the gateway there is a stile.

Cross the stile and follow the path to the farm lane.

Turn right and go up the lane to Mortimer Road.

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Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL1 cover the Stocksbridge area along with the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park and should be used in conjunction with these instructions.