Woolley Moor (Ogston Reservoir) - Brackenfield - Mathersgrave - Ogston Reservoir

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This is a comfortable short walk along quiet lanes, narrow roads and field-paths, even though it is quite close to a few small towns in the former Derbyshire coalfields area. It only goes to show that you don't have to be miles from anywhere to find peaceful quiet paths. The walk passes through the strangely named hamlet of Mathersgrave.

The main part of this walk was one I have known since very early in my walking life, often having been a Sunday afternoon stroll with my parents and sisters. I have extended the route for this walk to include a pub, The Plough on the Alfreton to Matlock Road (A615) just outside Wessington. This is more of a restaurant/ pub but walkers are welcome. The main bar area is carpeted so it might help the walkers' image by asking if they mind muddy boots before entering. I always carry sandals these days in my daypack. The pub offers a good menu and some choice beers including, on my visit, Abbot and Olde Speckled Hen. There is also a children's play area to the rear.

The return is mostly over field paths, all stiles were present and in good repair when walked, passing through the strangely named hamlet of Mathersgrave.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Countryside


Birds, Great Views, Lake/Loch, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
11/19/2018 - Deryck Shead

Went on this walk on 18-11-2018, got to point 21 then couldn't find point 22. Unfortunately we had to abandon the walk from here as a farmer let his grown bullocks into the field to prevent anybody from walking across it, The farmer is known to cause issues concerning people walking legally across his land. We rejoined walk at point 28.

3/8/2012 - SIMON WALL

I agree with Sophie. A great walk with a lot of variety. Simon

2/19/2006 - Sophie Carnell

Brilliant walk!! Although was slightly muddy in the middle of February. Definitely one I will do again.

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