Above: This attractive footpath is at around point 9 on the map below.
Above: The walk starts from the small carpark at the northern end of Fernilee Reservoir. (Click to enlarge.)
I’ve just added walk 18 to the series: Fernilee Reservoir west bank. It’s the first to start from the small car park at the northern tip of Fernilee Reservoir.
An alternative starting point would be the main car park between the twin reservoirs; simply follow the footpath signs to Fernilee Reservoir and start at point 12 on the map.
Recorded just before a mini heat-wave in June 2017, it’s a very easy 2.5 mile circular stroll around the western side of the reservoir.
After crossing the dam wall, the walk rises up a gentle slope before turning along a wide, mile-long gravel track (which is perfect for dog-walkers). Before dropping down to the reservoir and returning along the picturesque shoreline path.
Fernilee is signposted from the A5005 ‘Long Hill’ road, about a mile south of Whaley Bridge. It’s on the left if you’re coming from Buxton. I haven’t yet managed to check the postcode for satnavs, but I think it’s SK23 7HB*.
Footpath still closed
At the time of writing, the footpath running north between Fernilee and Taxal was still closed as they haven’t finished removing asbestos from the old pump house.
The work was supposed to have been completed at the start of 2017, but the latest notice says the path may not reopen until July.
It’s a great pity as the circular walk from Fernilee to Taxal is one of my favourites. I have managed to clamber around the building, but it’s not easy.
*Please leave a comment below if you can check the Fernilee car park postcode for me.