Thornseat Lodge Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Thornseat Lodge, Bradfield Dale, Peak District

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Thornseat Lodge, Bradfield Dale, Peak District

Key Highlights:

  • Thornseat Lodge: Explore the historic grounds of this former moorland hunting lodge, built in the mid-19th century by Sidney Jessop. The lodge is currently undergoing restoration after years of disrepair.
  • Bradfield Dale: Enjoy the scenic views of the valley, with its rolling hills and picturesque landscapes.
  • Strines and Dale Dike Reservoirs: Walk past these beautiful reservoirs, offering tranquil waterside paths and excellent spots for bird watching.
  • Woodland Trails: Pass through ancient woodlands and open moorland, providing a mix of shaded and open walking paths.

End Point: Thornseat Lodge

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 5 miles (8 kilometers)

Difficulty: Moderate – involves some gentle inclines and varied terrain.

Terrain: Mixed terrain including well-maintained paths, grassy fields, and woodland trails. Paths can be muddy in wet conditions.


  • By Car: Parking is available near Thornseat Lodge.
  • Public Transport: The nearest train station is Sheffield, with bus services connecting to the Bradfield area.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof walking shoes are recommended due to the mixed terrain and potential for muddy paths.

Supplies: Bring water and snacks. There are a few shops and cafes in the nearby village of Low Bradfield for refreshments.

Navigation: The route is partially signposted, but carrying a map (OS Explorer OL1) and a compass, and knowing how to use them, is advisable. A GPS device can be useful but should not be solely relied upon.

Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, even in summer. Carry waterproof clothing, warm layers, and a hat and gloves.

The Thornseat Lodge walk offers a picturesque and historically rich circular route starting and ending at Thornseat Lodge in Bradfield Dale.

This 5-mile walk features scenic views of the Peak District, including reservoirs, woodlands, and moorland. The lodge itself is a highlight, with ongoing restoration efforts preserving its historical significance.

This walk is ideal for those looking for a moderate hike with a mix of natural beauty and historical intrigue!

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