ROUTE: 1: Go through a gate on to a footpath and turn right. Cross the ﬁrst bridge, turn left then cross a second bridge and follow the long Trail/Short Trail direction signs along a well-surfaced path. At a junction beside a picnic table turn left on to a forest trail.
2: Follow the waymarked long Trail through the wood crossing a bridge and some duckboarding then turn left at a T-junction again following the long Trail. Follow the path as it leaves the wood and on to a grassy area where it is less well deﬁned but still visible.
3: Continue along the bank of the reservoir then re-enter woodland, cross some duckboards and continue once more on a well-deﬁned footpath. Cross a bridge by a picnic table, ascend some steps and continue on duckboards. Skirt the edge of a wood, keeping the fence on your left, then go downhill through a wood and along the reservoir bank.
4: Go through some more woodland, cross a bridge, walk up some steps then leave the wood and continue on a gravel path. Cross a stile then follow the path downhill towards the dam. Go over a stile and cross the dam head. Cross a stile at the far end, go uphill on a series of steps and turn right on to a footpath.
5: Cross a stile and turn right at a T-junction on to a metalled lane. Continue on this through a farm, following the signs for Meerbrook, straight ahead. At the road junction cross a stile and turn right at the long Trail sign.Turn right again following the road to Tittesworth reservoir. When this turns to the right, bear left on a footpath beside the reservoir.
6: Cross another stile on to the road then turn right into the public entrance to the reservoir. Turn left at the entrance to the visitor centre, cross the car park then go left at the Nature Trail sign. Continue across the grass then turn right on to a concrete path. Follow this to the ﬁrst bridge then turn left to return to the car park.
TIME: 3 hours
DISTANCE: 4 miles
HOW TO GET THERE: Take A619 from Shefﬁeld to Bakewell then head for Leek. See google maps for details – aqua3 OS Explorer OL24 White Peak. Meet: SK 999603
TERRAIN: Good well-made footpaths, forest tracks and roads
PARKING: Near Middle Hulme Farm
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: Stop at the Tittesworth Visitor Centre which is on the walk. Light and airy restaurant has great views over the water and a good selection of food options ranging from a full breakfast through tasty soups and rolls to afternoon teas with scones and pastries.