Wyming Brook Waterfalls Walk
Wyming Brook Nature Reserve is a hidden gem at the northern edge of the Peak District. Home to beautiful waterfalls and pools, this Wyming Brook waterfalls walk takes you through the nature reserve itself and then off over the moors to bag the Rod Moor trig point, before returning via The Head Stone on Hallam Moor. This 6.2 mile walk is one of the best Autumn walks in the Peak District when the trees in Wyming Brook are full of colour.
Wyming Brook often gets overlooked in favour of it’s more popular cousin Padley Gorge but I think Wyming Brook is better for Autumn colour. You can just do a short Wyming Brook walk, exploring the beautiful riverbank and then looping back up along the bridleway back to the car park, or do a longer walk like this one.
**** Wyming Brook has been closed for ongoing tree maintenance work – check the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust page for more information. ****
Once used by the nobility for hunting, Wyming Brook is now managed by the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and is part of the Eastern Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It’s now home to many species of bird, including dippers, and is a valuable home for wildlife.
Our walk starts in the Redmires Plantation car park and follows the road until we reached the entrance of the Wyming Brook Nature Reserve. There is another car park here which is used by people visiting the reserve. We walked through the car park and down to the river, crossing it using the stepping stones.
The path winds its way down alongside the river, and is quite steep and slippery in places. There are bridges at various points, and it took us ages to walk down here because I kept stopping to take photos. I must have taken over 200! It’s one of the best places to visit in Autumn in the Peak District.
After wandering down Wyming Brook we turned left onto Wyming Brook Drive and followed this track until it met the main road. Crossing the road, we followed it for a short distance before heading off up a public footpath through an overgrown scrubby copse and some fields before reaching Rod Side.
We headed east for a short distance on Rod Side before picking up the footpath that runs up the driveway of the house on Platts Lane, past the private woodland cemetery. We were surprised to see peacocks wandering around!
Rod Moor Trig Point
Rod Moor trig point is on Open Access Land to the rear of the private cemetery. To access it, head over the stile onto the moors and then turn back on yourself, heading up the hill towards the wall running round the cemetery. Follow the wall to a gate, and you’ll be able to nip in and bag the trig point.
After we’d bagged the trig we headed back down the hillside and track onto Rod Side, then back over the fields, heading south-west to the junction with Manchester Road. Here we crossed the road before the village sign and wandered through the fields to cross Rivelin Brook.
There is a short steep climb up onto the moors, then we took a short detour to The Head Stone, a large gritstone tor so-called because it apparently resembles a head and shoulders. If you squint. And it’s dark. Maybe we just got the wrong side?
From The Head Stone we retraced our steps onto the moors, then followed the footpath back towards the car park.
This was a lovely walk to explore the beautiful Wyming Brook waterfalls – we’ll definitely be back!
Parking: Redmires Plantation Car Park (S10 4QZ) – this is free. If it’s busy, you can park on the roadside.
Walk Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 6.2 miles (10km)
Trig Points Bagged: Rod Moor
Peak District Peaks Bagged: None
Peak District Ethels Bagged: None
Wyming Brook Walk Map:
Click on the map to access Komoot and download the GPX file for this walk.