Win Hill from Hope Village

Win Hill

This is a fairly easy to moderate half day walk involving a steep ascent of one of the busiest hills in the Peak District. Win Hill is a popular hill as it can be easily climbed from the popular village of Hope in the honey pot of the Hope Valley. The hill is also famous for its shapely pointy profile which it gets from the summit knoll known as Winhill Pike, a small conical shaped crag that sits right on top of the hill. It is especially striking when seen by drivers traveling along the Snake Pass Road. One thing you will discover by climbing this hill is that it is also popular to those in the know because it gives some of the best views you will find in the Dark Peak. Win Hill sits at the head of the Ladybower Reservoir allowing it views far and wide to the surrounding edges, plateaus, hills and reservoirs. The descent gives great views across to Lose Hill and the Great Ridge. And of course the end of the walk has some great outdoor shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes in Hope Village.

Route Directions

  1. This walk starts from Hope Village in the heart of the Hope Valley. Getting to Hope by road from the west involves either the Snake Pass or Winnats Pass and from the east the Snake Pass or A6187 Hathersage Road. These roads are all subject to closure in adverse weather conditions so check before driving in winter. You can also get to Hope by rail as it sits on the Manchester to Sheffield line. If you do go by train add an extra kilometres walk from and then to the train station as it is a kilometre to the east of the village. There is free roadside parking around the village though this is usually taken on busy days when you will have to use the pay and display car park instead.
  2. The actual start of the walk is at the road junction of Castleton Road and Edale Road opposite the St Peters Church at grid reference SK 172 835.
  3. Turn down Edale Road and walk on the east side of the road for around four hundred metres until you reach a track called Green Drive that heads off right down to Killhill Bridge over the River Noe.
  4. Walk over Killhill Bridge and continue down the track with a small stream on its left side. The track bends left then right under a stone railway bridge.
  5. The road splits immediately after the railway bridge. Turn right here and head up the track which turns sharp left and then ascends through fields for seven hundred metres to reach Twitchill Farm.
  6. At Twitchill Farm carry on through the yard between the two buildings and you will find a gate at the back wall of the property. Head through the gate then head to the right slightly and uphill to ascend a grassy slope to another large gate. This grassy slope can be treacherous when wet and muddy.
  7. When you reach the larger metal gate above the grassy slope behind the farm head through it. Ignore the bridleway to the left and right. Instead ascend the field to reach a stile over the stone wall and fence above the field you are now in.
  8. Head over the stile on to open moorland and follow the rocky sandy path in a north easterly direction to eventually reach the footpath along the crest of the wide ridge. From here the distinctive shape of the Winhill Pike summit knoll should now be in view to the east.
  9. Head right in an easterly direction to reach the summit pike with trig pillar on top. The views from this summit are fantastic. The Ladybower Reservoir being the first thing that catches the eyes below on the northern side. To the north the plateaus, edges and reservoirs of the Upper Derwent Valley. To the west the unique plateau of Kinder Scout. To the east the edges of Stanage and Bamford. And south over the Hope Valley.
  10. Head off of Winhill Pike summit in a westerly direction and follow the wide over trodden path along the wide open ridge.
  11. After two kilometres the path will pass over a crossing wall and reach a crossroads of paths and bridleways at the edge of the Wiseman Hey Clough plantation forest. Here if you want you can enter the forest and turn left through the forest for two hundred metres to find the bizarre little hill in the trees known as Wooler Knoll.
  12. To descend back towards Hope from the ridge, at the crossroads follow the faint footpath that heads in a south then south west direction from the ridge. From the top of the ridge to make sure you are choosing the right path and not the bridleway, make sure you don't go back over that crossing wall and instead keep it to your left as you descend. The descent path gives great views across the River Noe valley to Lose Hill.
  13. The descent path will eventually join a bridleway at the bottom. They meet each other at a gate on to the end of a tarmac road. Head south down the tarmac road until you reach Fullwood Stile Farm.
  14. The farm has good signs for the footpath that lead you through the farm and out over a wooden stile on its other side in to a farmers field with the railway sidings at its far end.
  15. Follow the path along the top of the field until you reach a narrow stone gap type stile at The Homestead. Pass the building and continue along the road and you will eventually get to the railway bridge you passed under earlier at the start of the walk.
  16. Retrace your journey under the railway bridge, along Green Drive, over Killhill Bridge, then left down Edale Road back to Hope Village where pubs, cafes, restaurants and outdoor gear shops await your custom.

Maps for this walk

Paper maps for this walk

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Photos & Trip Reports

Planning for a walk

Check the weather

The weather is a very important part of hill walking. Weather conditions and daylight hours will dictate where you walk, what gear you will need to carry, how far you walk, and may even decide if you go at all. The following links will help you gather information on weather conditions for areas of Britain...

Plan your journey

Planning your journey before you set off for your walk can save you vital hours on the day. You need to make sure you know the area surrounding your starting point as many factors can influence or change the place you park. Don't forget change for parking meters and fees.

Maintenance of your vehicle and being ready for breakdown situations when driving to remote areas is also vital. Pack a full spare petrol can in your boot, and take de-icing tools in winter, including a shovel. The Transport Direct website below is a great resource for anyone wanting to get to the start of their walk using public transport...

Pack the right gear

Carrying and wearing the right gear is essential for walkers to remain comfortable and safe while hill walking in Britain. However, the best gear in the world is of no use to anyone who doesn't know how to use and care for it. Knowing how to use your gear will give you a much more enjoyable experience. The following items are, in my opinion, the essential items to wear and carry for a hill walk in Britain. It would be foolish to head into the hills and mountains of Britain without these essential items and the knowledge of how to use them. Check out the gear section of this site for techniques and gear lists...

  • Footwear
  • Clothing
  • Rucksack
  • Warm Clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Map & Compass
  • Emergency Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food & Drink
  • Seasonal Gear

Know what to do in emergencies

It is good practise to tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return. If you don't get in contact when you said you would on your return, and those you told can't get hold of you, at least they will be able to provide the search party with your general location.

Emergency equipment in the check list above means items such as a survival bag, whistle, and emergency food rations. This isn't anything special; any whistle will do, the orange emergency bags only costs a few pounds, and basic food rations can consist of a couple of chocolate bars. Carrying a head lamp is also an important component and a vital piece of kit used for signalling when you require rescuing.

You should always try and get out of a difficult or emergency situation using your own gear, knowledge and energy. If you cannot do this, then you should dial 999 and ask for the police. Use all the gear you have to keep any unwell or injured members of your party or yourself safe and warm, and use your signalling devices to let the rescuers know your whereabouts. To do this blow six good long blasts on your whistle, or flash six flashes of your torch. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Carry on with the whistle blasts until someone reaches you, and don't stop because you've heard a reply.

Never contact mountain rescue unless absolutely necessary, but on the other hand don't ever feel guilty for having to do so, especially if you are a prepared walker. The Mountain Rescue teams are full of fantastic like-minded souls who love nothing more than people who are prepared for being safe in the mountains.