Winster and Surrounds

Nice, easy fine weather walk starting from the beautiful village of Winster. Lovely views as you travel through different terrains.

Technical sheet

A Winster walk posted on 30/01/18 by P&MFletcher. Last update : 27/09/22
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 8.27 km
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    Calculated time: 2h55 
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    Difficulty: Moderate

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    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 193 m
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    Vertical drop: - 191 m

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    Highest point: 271 m
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    Lowest point: 142 m
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    District: Winster 
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    Start/End: N 53.142501° / W 1.631762°

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(S/E)From the car park, turn right out of car park and walk down the road (B5057) for 150m.

(1) Cross the road to find a stile on the left. Bear right (North-East) across a couple of fields through stiles, the path is well defined. There are two stile posts in the middle of a field, bear slightly left from these towards the woods, there is a stile initially hidden from view in the corner of the field.

(2) Go through the gate, enter the woods and follow the woodland path (can be boggy in wet weather). On emerging from the woods (Clough Woods) bear left (Noth-East) up a track towards a gate/barrier.

(3) Turn left before the gate and you will walk past the engine house ruin and onto a woodland path which leads to a track over a stile. Turn left and proceed for 500m to a finger post on the right.

(4) Go through the stile and up the field for 200m to the stile on the left. Cross the stile and follow the track into the village of Birchover.

(5)Turn left and pass public toilets. Take the lane to the left of The Druid Inn and follow the track around the hill crossing a stile by a gate and reaching another at the meeting of three paths. Be careful, there are two styles with gates next to them. You need to take the second one. If you passed the cemetery, you are on the wrong way.

(6)Proceed along the middle path to a stile and then continue with the fence on your right down the hill. Cross the stream and up the short sharp rise to the road. Cross the road and through the small wood and through the gate into the field. Proceed up the hill towards a gate into the car park next to the house, go though the car park and reach Dudwood Lane (part of the Limestone Way)

(7)Turn Left and up a fairly steep ascent until you reach a road, about 500m. Cross the road and continue up the Limestone way until the next lane.

(8)Cross the lane and take the stile immediately on the left across the fields towards Winster. Through a second stile and across another road, follow the path across the field through two gates and straight on towards the church yard passing a large house on your left. Go through the church yard to the road

(9)Turn left and then right along the main street, through the village and back to the car park. There is a village shop on the main road and The Old Bowling Green pub is right at the old Market Building - worth a visit. (S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 223 m - Car Park at Start
  2. 1 : km 0.06 - alt. 220 m - Stile
  3. 2 : km 0.69 - alt. 156 m - Gate into Woodland
  4. 3 : km 1.77 - alt. 162 m - Before Gate
  5. 4 : km 3.32 - alt. 261 m - Finger Post
  6. 5 : km 3.96 - alt. 255 m - Main Street
  7. 6 : km 4.99 - alt. 216 m - Gate to Middle Path
  8. 7 : km 5.5 - alt. 201 m - Join Limestone Way
  9. 8 : km 6.65 - alt. 262 m - Lane and Stile
  10. 9 : km 7.39 - alt. 248 m - Road in Winster
  11. S/E : km 8.27 - alt. 223 m - End at the Car park

Useful Information

Parking : Winster Car Park is free just outside the village in the local primary school, it is well signposted. On the side of B5057 Wensley Road

Facilities :

  • Two Pubs in Birchover. Village has two pubs if you need a rest stop, both on the Main Street.
  • Public Toilet on Main Street in Birchover only open April to October
  • Village shop in Winster
  • Good Pub in Winster

Note : Good boots required.

Terrain: After a wet weather some of the narrow tracks get boggy / muddy.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

Reviews and comments

3.8 / 5
Based on 7 reviews

Clarity of route description
3.9 / 5
Clarity of route map
3.1 / 5
Walk interest
4.4 / 5
le Tue 27 Sep 2022 04:52:29 EDT

Hi Dog Walker and all of you,
Thank you for this feedback. I am going to see with your content and the author how we can improve the description for the next walkers.
Enjoy your walks

le Mon 26 Sep 2022 14:48:41 EDT

Overall rating: 3 / 5

Date of walk: 14/09/22
Clarity of route description: ★★☆☆☆ Disappointing
Clarity of route map: ★★☆☆☆ Disappointing
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

The route after the engine block wasn't clear and we ended up completely lost. We were able to ask someone who could direct us but this added a couple of miles to the walk.
That apart it was beautiful scenery and doing it at the end of a dry summer meant no mud.

le Wed 16 Oct 2019 18:26:09 EDT

Overall rating: 4.7 / 5

Date of walk: 08/10/19
Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good
Clarity of route map: ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

Very nice walk. It was very muddy in places...had to use our gaiters. On step 3 after the Engine house a couple of trees had blown down across the path.
My husband tried to climb under one of them forgetting he had his rucksack on his back. . It was hilarious!
We had lunch at The Druids Inn in Birchover... the other pub doesn't open until the evening on a weekday.
We also found ourselves a little lost after this 'following the track around the hill'. We passed the cemetery too so realised we had taken the wrong turn.
Thanks to mrhaanman walk opinion on step 5. . we took the second stile as he suggested & found the correct path.
Not sure if we were just tired at step7 but that hill was not 'fairly' steep but 'very' steep! Those 500m felt like 2 miles.
Walking out of the village back to the carpark there was a lovely house on the right selling unusual perennials from their front garden... well worth a visit.

le Mon 16 Sep 2019 14:07:33 EDT

Overall rating: 4.7 / 5

Date of walk: 14/09/19
Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good
Clarity of route map: ★★★★☆ Good
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

le Sat 16 Feb 2019 14:13:36 EST

Overall rating: 3 / 5

Date of walk: 15/02/19
Clarity of route description: ★★★☆☆ Average
Clarity of route map: ★★★☆☆ Average
Walk interest: ★★★☆☆ Average

Ok so on step 5 there are two styles with gates next to them. You need to take the second one or you'll end up walking along a busy road with no pavements.
There's some other ambiguity in the instructions after the engine house.
Also the first mile or so is VERY muddy and recent high winds have blown trees across the trail. Not impassable but tricky. All in all a nice walk. Make sure you take the quick detour to Rowter Rocks righ behind the druid Inn at birchover.

le Mon 20 Aug 2018 03:45:57 EDT

Overall rating: 4 / 5

Date of walk: 20/08/18
Clarity of route description: ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map: ★★★☆☆ Average
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

Thoroughly enjoyed the walk, Birchover toilets appeared to be permanently closed. Initial route directions out of Birchover a little confusing, ended up walking past the cemetery!! However eventually regained our bearings and no further problems encountered.

le Sun 19 Aug 2018 10:33:09 EDT

Overall rating: 3.7 / 5

Date of walk: 19/08/18
Clarity of route description: ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map: ★★★☆☆ Average
Walk interest: ★★★★☆ Good

A pleasant walk! Various terrain!

le Mon 23 Apr 2018 08:44:52 EDT

Overall rating: 3.7 / 5

Date of walk: 22/04/18
Clarity of route description: ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map: ★★★☆☆ Average
Walk interest: ★★★★☆ Good

Pleasant walk although some ambiguity in directions. ( Maybe us!)

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