Langsett Reservoir - The Porter of Little Don - Midhope

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Langsett Reservoir - The Porter of Little Don - Hingcliff Common - Midhope

This walk is ideal for a family or a quick dip into the country. It is moderately easy with a rugged outlook, which you would expect in this lovely part of the country. It can easily be extended or shortened if you have a map. It starts in coniferous woods, which have countless bilberry bushes growing alongside them in places.

The woods clear on occasions to give splendid views across the moors. The woods give way to The Porter of Little Don. This is the flat-bottomed valley in which the peaty waters of the river meander along. The route requires you to cross the river on several occasions, using the river stones and your own initiative.

In complete contrast to the pinewoods, the second part of the walk takes you up onto the high moors. You are high enough to enjoy the wide open vistas of the Pennine Hills and admire the heather-clad moorland.

Red grouse are a common sight, as are some of the other moorland-type birds. After a long and easy descent which allows you to visit North America(!) and stretch your legs, the final leg is along a 'green lane' into Midhope. Green lanes are common in Yorkshire and comprise a path which is bounded by hedges or stone walls, providing ancient travelling routes. Often they are so well-worn that the banks tower above you.

In the village of Langsett, the start and finish of this circular walk, there is a cafe, pub and youth hostel.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Peak District


Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife
5/26/2014 - paul smith

This is a great walk with a bit of everything. Crossing the river, as seen on picture, was a lot deeper than on the picture. Was great fun crossing KNEE DEEP but has to be crossed to carry on walk and well worth it.

10/20/2009 - Suzette Maguire

A lovely walk! Another alternative ending is at 16: Cross the reservoir, and take the gate on the left immediately over the reservoir. Once through the gate, the first path on the right will take you up the hill to the car park. This route avoids having to go back to the busy A616 at all at this point.

3/29/2005 - nicola taylor

Completed this walk Easter weekend. Although it was a very muddy and boggy walk, we all enjoyed it very much. The stream was too busy to cross and so we followed the dry stone wall as instructed. However it was worth the attempt, purely for the fun factor. The landscape is fabulous on this walk and very varied. Would like to do this walk again in Summer.

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