Langsett and Cut Gate End Walk - details:
1: Go to the back right hand corner of the car park, and take the footpath marked with a public footpath arrow. In 20 metres fork right on to the top footpath also signed with an arrow. Follow the clear path ahead through the pine woods for about 1.6 kilometres, with the reservoir away on your left.
2: At an open space the path joins a broad track with several way marks. Turn left and in 25 metres where the track splits into three keep right to cross the old packhorse bridge over The Porter or Little Don River. You are now on the old Cut Gate packhorse route.
3: Go through the gate after the bridge and turn left following the track up the edge of the wood emerging on to the moor of Hingcliff Common.
4: Where a path branches off to the left and there is a post marked ‘YW circu- lar walk’, go straight ahead up the moor. You are now rewarded with ﬁne views both up towards the Derwent/Little Don watershed and back towards Penistone with Langsett Reservoir at the bottom.
5: Following the well-worn path you come to a Peak District and Northern Counties Footpath Preservation Society sign. For the shorter route turn left marked Langsett and Penistone. Note this is marked right on the notice because it is designed for coming off the top as you will be if walking the extension.
6: For the optional route to Cut Gate End cairn, go straight ahead marked Derwent and Ashop valleys and enjoy wonderful views across the Derwent tops and towards Bleaklow. Allow up to two hours, for the path is rough in places and after wet weather can be boggy near the top, although it is being improved with stone ﬂags.
7: Returning there are superb views into Yorkshire - on a clear day. Continue down to the ruins of North America Farm, within a gated stone enclosure. Where the path joins a track turn right and follow it around the reservoir. Shortly after crossing the bridge at Thickwoods Brook pass through a metal gate and immediately turn left on to the small Yorkshire Water concession path alongside the reservoir.
8: Entering woodland the path crosses two small wooden bridges and then angles up and away from the water. Halfway up after a few steps you see a ruined wall. Follow the path alongside the wall.
9: Emerging via wooden gate on to a public bridleway turn left.
10: At minor road again turn left and cross the dam wall to Langsett.
11: At the junction with the A616 the Waggon and Horses pub is on your left. Walk carefully round the pub into the village square and, if not entering the pub, follow a small road between the cottages and the dam which leads back to the public toilets and car park.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A moderate to demanding woodland and low moorland walk, with ﬁne views and the optional tougher extension to the higher moorland once used as a pack-horse highway by the Jaggers.
HOW TO GET THERE: For a big map - Great Walks in Britain
WHERE TO MEET: Start from Langsett Barn car park – signposted in both directions in Langsett.
DISTANCE: 5½ MILES
TIME: 2¾ HOURS