Go through the gate on the opposite bank of the river to the Lowoods Workmen’s Club. There is a ‘public footpath’ sign to the right of the gate, but it is almost hidden by a tree.
Follow the left path along the river bridge. When you reach a second railway bridge, you can rejoin our route.
Continue along the river under the railway bridge andcontinue some way to the footbridge.
At the bridge turn right and climb the steep bank. There are the remnants of steps on the right side, but they have mostly washed away. At the top of the bank the path opens out to a broad track. Turn left to go to go under the railway bridge.
Follow the path up the hill and past the small pond on the right. The path which we need to take turns left soon after the pond.
At this point, a broad set of paths go straight on. We will come down those paths on our return journey
After 100m, the path joins the main track through the woods. Turn left onto the main track and then after 30m cut back right onto the track up the hill, passing between the old stone gateposts. At cer tain times of years, these gate posts may be partially obscured by vegetation.
Follow the track up the hill. After a few hundred metres you will pass a track off to the right to the large pond. Do not take this path, carry on up the hill on the original track.
After 400m there is a path off to the right, down into the woods. For the shorter route follow the path down bearing right. The path then passes through a wooden gate and then climbs across open ground. This area has been fenced off and has sheep grazing to manage the flora in order encourage bio diversity.
The path rises across the rocky heather and emerges through another gate at the crags. After 10m, turn right onto the path that follows the cliff edge. For the l onger route continue up the main path for another 400m. At the gateway and large rocks take the path to the right into the woods. The open grassland of Wharncliffe Chase is over the wall on your left.
Follow the path through the woods, crossing two wooden bridges. Just after the second bridge, take the left path by the pine tree and continue onto the crags.
Turn right, go through the gate and follow the path along the crags. You will reach a memorial bench and a gate on your right. This point marks the end of the shorter route.
For both routes to your left is Oughtibridge and the Ewden Valley, to the right is Deepcar and Stocksbridge, with Langsett in the far distance.
Wharncliffe Crags has a long history of rock climbing and was at the forefront of the birth of the sport in the 1880s. Climbing legend James W. Puttrell pioneered many routes.
Follow the path along the crags. The path swings to the right past a power pylon and on to another gate.
Go through the gate and follow the path to the large pond. This pond contains newts and is a good location for dragonflies and damselflies
Take the path down the steps at the left end of the dam wall. Take the path down through the wood. Cross the main track down to the track
Go past the small pond, on your left, and under the railway bridge. If you want to go back by the river then retrace your steps down the bank to the right. Alternatively carry straight on from the railway bridge along the wide path.
This takes you under a second, longer railway bridge, the 1870s branch line which was originally built to serve Stocksbridge Steels. Continue along the track.
There are two options. As the track starts to bend to the left there is a path off to the right. This path then ends with a very steep descent to Station Road. To avoid this descent don’t take the path to the right, instead stay on the track and follow it round to the left, continuing until it joins Station Road. Then turn right to return to your starting point.
This Walk was produced by the Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome Group. For more interesting walks visit http://www.stocksbridge-walkers.org.uk/walks_around_Stocksbridge.html