Distance 1.7 miles
Time Approx 1 hour
Terrain Uneven woodland trails, stepping stones, quiet lanes, no stiles or squeeze stiles
Start and End Point Postcode S10 4QX; /// crisp.ripe.hugs
Map Ordnance Survey Explorer OL1
Wyming Brook Walk : Introduction
This beautiful Wyming Brook Walk takes you through the lovely area around Wyming Brook Nature Reserve. The route follows the course of the picturesque brook as it tumbles through a wooded ravine over mossy rocks, criss-crossed by a series of pretty wooden footbridges. It then follows wide, level, wooded bridleways back to the start point.
This is a walk of just less than 2 miles. There are gates but no stiles or squeeze stiles. The terrain is very uneven with rocks and tree roots in places, but the surrounding scenery is well worth the care required. Parking is free. There are no toilets or refreshments en route, although there are a couple of pubs within a few miles of the start point for food and drink before or after the walk. Allow around 1 hour to complete this walk at a moderate pace.
Wyming Brook Walk : Directions
1. Park at the car park for Wyming Brook Nature Reserve (SK 26948, S10 4QX). From the car park follow the footpath to the right of the large gate, signposted Fox Hagg. This path takes you down towards a pretty stream with stepping stones over the water and steps beyond. Cross the stepping stones to the other side (there’s a path to the left immediately before the river if you don’t want to risk wet feet!).
2. After crossing the stream turn left, taking the footpath signed to Rivelin Dams. Follow this well-marked path beside Wyming Brook as it criss-crosses the stream via a series of wooden footbridges, sometimes walking to the left of the water and sometimes to the right. This beautiful route is uneven in places as tree roots grow across the path, so do take care.
3. After approx. 500 metres the path climbs slightly through pine trees and leaves the brook behind. A well-positioned bench here makes a great halfway stopping point. Soon after passing the bench the path heads down steps towards a metal kissing gate set in a stone wall. Head through the kissing gate and turn left, to follow a flat, level bridleway through trees.
4. After approx. 400 metres you will reach a T-junction of paths. Turn left again and follow the well-made bridleway back to the car park and your start point.
More about Wyming Brook
Wyming Brook, in the Yorkshire Peak District, on the edge of the National Park, is an absolute gem. This Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a wooded ravine with a crystal-clear brook tumbling through it, over mossy stones and part-submerged tree roots, criss-crossed by a series of a picturesque wooden footbridges.
It’s a perfect spot for photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, hikers, and those who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
In medieval times the area around Wyming Brook and the adjoining Rivelin Valley was a private hunting forest for the region’s nobility. Now those same acres are a Nature Reserve, preserved by The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham as a home and safe haven for a wide variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes and ears open here, and look out for crossbills, dippers, redstarts, pied flycatchers and wood warblers, as well as the common lutestring and northern spinach moths.
Wyming Brook has received a prestigious Green Flag Award, recognising the area as one of the very best green spaces in the UK.
Wyming Brook rises in Redmires Reservoirs, flowing then north-easterly for over a kilometre down steep terrain into an underground chamber before it flows into the lower of the Rivelin Dams.