Near the quaint little village of Low Bradfield is Damflask Reservoir, lying in the Loxley valley not far from Sheffield. Starting from Low Bradfield village, it’s just a short walk to get to the reservoir path. The whole route is completely pram friendly with well-surfaced paths, although it can get muddy in the wetter months so make sure you wear appropriate footwear.
This pram friendly circular walk follows the water’s edge closely on one side with woodland on the other side. Wellies are a good choice for kids so that they can paddle in the water. On the second half of the walk, there’s also some great little woodland paths and dens for the kids to play in.
Enjoy the beautiful open views across the water all the way around and look out for the small waterfalls feeding into the reservoir. There’s plenty of benches to stop and watch the sailing boats too.
If you’ve worked up an appetite by the time you get back to the village, The Schoolrooms offer a fabulous breakfast and lunch menu, as well as a good selection of cakes. There’s also a playground if the kids still have energy left to burn.
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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 OL1 (Dark Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.
TYPE OF WALK: easy going, circular route around the reservoir
PARKING: There is a small free car park at The Sands in Low Bradfield – click here to see location on Google Maps on your phone, postcode: S6 6LA. If this is full, there is also free roadside parking in Low Bradfield village. Please respect local residents.
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful open views across the reservoir, paddling by the water’s edge, woodland trails with dens for the kids to play in.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: This walk can be done in 1 hour 30 minutes but with a snack stop and time for the kids to play, allow 2-3 hours.
PUBLIC TOILETS: Public toilets are located here near the village hall, just 100 metres from the car park. The Schoolrooms Café is also just 100 metres away from the car park and offers a breakfast/lunch menu, drinks and cake, as well as a gift shop. Click here for the Google Maps location.
These directions follow the above OS Map in an anticlockwise direction.
2. After 100 metres, turn left onto Smithy Bridge road, crossing over the stone bridge.
3. After a further 100 metres turn right, following the signpost towards Loxley.
4. After another 100 metres, turn right over a small bridge and then turn immediately left onto the reservoir footpath.
5. Continue along the path for 1.8km with the reservoir on your left. There are some good spots along this first stretch to go down to the water’s edge and let the kids play and paddle.
6. As you get closer to the south-east end of the reservoir, the path finishes and you’ll need to continue along the pavement next to the road.
7. Keeping the reservoir close, follow the pavement around to the left, along the dam wall and left at the junction signposted to High Bradfield.
8. After 1.2km, you’ll notice a gap in the stone wall on your left. Take this path back down towards the reservoir. There’s plenty of benches to stop and watch the sailing boats on the water.
9. Continue on the path for a further 2km. There are woodland trails on the right-hand side with dens for the kids to play in. Finally, the path comes to an end and leads back onto the road.
10. Walk along the road for 400 metres until you reach the small bridge on your left that you crossed over at the beginning. Continue the 300 metres back the way you came to the car park. Although, before heading back to the car, why not call in at The Schoolrooms for a hot drink, cake and a browse around the gift shop.
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