Around Combs Reseevoir: Route -
1: Follow the path from the dam along the reservoir’s western shore, ignoring the ﬁrst footbridge over Meveril Brook.
2: As the reservoir narrows the path traverses small ﬁelds, then comes to another footbridge over the brook. This time cross it and head south across another ﬁeld. Beyond a foot tunnel under the Buxton line railway, the path reaches a narrow hedgelined country lane. Turn left along the lane into Combs village.
3: Past the Beehive Inn in the village centre, take the lane ahead, then the left fork, signposted to Dove Holes. This climbs out of the village to Combs Edge.
4: Take the second footpath on the left, which begins at a muddy clearing just beyond Millway Cottage. Go through the stile and climb a partially slabbed path through a narrow enclosure. After 200yds (183m) the path emerges on a pastured spur overlooking Pygreave Brook. Climb the pathless spur and go through gateways in the next two boundary walls before following a wall on the right. Ignore a gate in this wall - that’s a path to Bankhall Farm, but stay with the narrow path raking across rough grassy hillslopes with the railway line and the reservoir below left.
5: The path comes down to a rutted track running alongside the railway. This joins a lane just short of the Lodge (grid ref 053794). Turn left to go under the railway and north to Down Lea Farm.
6: Turn left through a kissing gate 200yds (183m) beyond the farmhouse. The signposted path follows an overgrown hedge towards Marsh Hall Farm. The ﬁelds are very boggy on the ﬁnal approaches. On reaching the farm complex turn right over a stile and follow a track heading north west.
7: After 200yds (183m) turn left on a ﬁeld path that heads west to a stile at the edge of the Chapel-en-le-Frith golf course. Waymarking arrows show the way across the fairway. The stile marking the exit from the golf course is 300yds (274m) short of the clubhouse. Cross a ﬁeld to the B5470.
8: Turn left along the road (there’s a pavement on the far side), and follow it past the Hanging Gate pub at Cockyard. After passing the entrance to the sailing club, turn left across the reservoir’s dam and back to the car park.
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TIME: 2.5 HOURS
DISTANCE: 3 MILES
HOW TO GET THERE: Map aqua3 OS Outdoor Leisure 24 White Peak
WHERE TO MEET: SK 033797
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The Beehive at Combs is a splendid little pub serving ﬁne bar meals. Alternatively, there’s the more formal Hanging Gate Inn at Cockyard just before you get back to the reservoir dam.