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Broomhead Reservoir walk (3.6km, circular)

Broomhead Reservoir walk (3.6km, circular)

Peak District Kids writer: Helen from Little Puddle People

This Broomhead Reservoir walk sits within the South Yorkshire and Sheffield area of the Peak District National Park. It is an easy-going circular reservoir walk and one of the best flat walks in the Peak District.

With waves gently lapping at the shore and sandy secluded beaches to enjoy a picnic, this is a peaceful walk where you may be convinced for a moment that you’re at the seaside. The changing terrain makes it interesting for young kids, who will especially love walking across the ‘Mangrove’ (a tangle of knotted trees growing from within and beside the water), which is also a great place to climb and find fungi.

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When planning your visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs, and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.


PARKING INFORMATION: Please do not rely solely on the postcode for parking directions. In the National Park, a postcode can cover a large area. Postcodes are only provided as guidance. Please either use the Google Maps point or what3words, which are provided on every walk guide.

Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.

Map of the Broomhead Reservoir walk

On all Peak District family walks it’s a good idea to have an Ordnance Survey paper map with you, even if you have your phone on you. For this walk you need the OS Explorer Map OL 01 (Dark Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.

This Broomhead Reservoir walk follows the below map in an anticlockwise direction.

Broomhead Reservoir walk OS Map
© Crown copyright 2024 OS AC0000861980

Get a printable download of this walk

Want to print off this walk guide rather than rely on your mobile? Then click here to download the PDF to print out at home. Perhaps print out a copy for the kids to follow the step-by-step directions and/or photos? It’s a great way to get them engaged with the walk and gives them a sense of responsibility.

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Need to know

DISTANCE OF WALK: 3.6km / 2.2 miles

TYPE OF WALK: circular reservoir walk

PARKING: There is a small car park off New Road for approximately 6 spaces. Click here for Google Map location. Postcode: S36 4ZA. Further down the road on the opposite side is another lay-by with a few more spaces.

WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Passing over the dam wall, through broad leaf woodland filled with bluebells and wild garlic, pine woodland bursting with cones to fill your pocket, and a boardwalk to race along. The changing terrain and environment on this Broomhead Reservoir walk is sure to keep children interested.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Without kids this is a 1.5 hour walk. Allow 2-3 hours with little ones.

ACCESSIBILITY: Changeable terrain, exposed tree roots, bare ground path through woodland, bridleway, a very short is on a quiet road with no pavement . No stiles. Not suitable for prams or buggies.

TOTAL ASCENT: 17 metres

FACILITIES: There are no facilities on this walk.

Broomhead Reservoir car park

The route

START: Small car park off New Road
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 2605 8301
Post code: S36 4ZA
what3words: ///river.hooked.rinse

Route follows an anticlockwise direction.

1. Begin by taking the Bridleway path through Horse Wood to the right of the car park. Broomhead Reservoir is on your left and woodland on your right.

2. As you reach the dam wall, go through the gate on the left that leads across the dam towards the tower. 

3. When you reach the end of the dam wall take the path on your left, continuing alongside the reservoir. Through this woodland you will find tiny bridges over inlet streams, trees to climb, perfect shoreside picnic spots and a variety of fir cones to collect. The path has large areas of very bumpy exposed tree roots making it unsuitable for pushchairs but great for a game of ‘the floor is lava!’

4. Up ahead the path leads onto the road through a gate. Continue through the gate heading left across a bridge. This is a very short section on road, with no pavement.

5. Once you have crossed the bridge, head back into an area of young Birch woodland using a gate on your left.

6. Follow the path up a very slight incline and onto a boardwalk alongside the reservoir. This leads back into the pine woodland.

7. As you reach the end of the walk, a few steps uphill lead you to a gate and to the car park.

After your Broomhead Reservoir walk

Whilst in the area you may wish to visit the village of Bradfield Dale, near Dale Dike Reservoir, which has a café, ice creamb van, pubs and a small shop, village green and playground.

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Or perhaps purchase a Peak District Kids iron-on patch. £1 from every sale of the iron-on patches goes towards the Peak District National Park Foundation, a registered charity established to raise funds to care for the Peak District National Park.

Want more ideas for family walks?
Best Family Walks in the Peak District
Pram Friendly Peak District walks
Toddler walks in the Peak District

Or, use the search walks page to find your perfect family walk.

Also, come and join our friendly Peak District Kids Facebook Group for any questions or to share photos of your walks.

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