GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Barbrook Reservoir and Stone Circle Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This walk visits Barbrook Reservoir and Stone Circle on Big Moor and Ramsley Moor in the Peak District National Park. There's much to enjoy with waterside trails, a series of ancient sites and wonderful views across the moors.
You can start the walk from the roadside parking area on the B6054 just west of Holmesfield. Then follow trails south along the Bar Brook to the reservoir which dates to the 19th century. You continue south to a smaller reservoir before heading south east to visit the stones.
The stone circle is part of a cairn field on the moor with 80 cairns from the prehistoric and Bronze Age era. The area is a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument. It's a tranquil and somewhat desolate place with rolling hills of heather and gorse adding to the atmospheric scene.
To continue your walking in this area head west to the fine viewpoints at White Edge, Froggatt Edge and Curbar Edge.

Barbrook Reservoir and Stone Circle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Barbrook Reservoir and Stone Circle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north west there's Millstone Edge where there's some wonderful rock formations and the old millstones from the Millstone Edge Quarry. The climb to Owler Tor can also be started from the same Surprise View car park.


Clam Bridge over Bar Brook - - 1737422

Clam Bridge over Bar Brook. This old clam bridge is close to the B6054 road (note the cars in the background) but is easily missed as no obvious footpaths cross the brook here now. In this example one of the two slabs is sufficient to straddle the brook, although other bridges of this type are typically held together with iron rods.

Barbrook I - Stone Circle on Big Moor - - 2959573

Barbrook I

Barbrook Reservoir - - 1585458

Barbrook Reservoir. This reservoir lies on Big Moor, which is the huge tract of moorland between the Owler Bar to Froggatt Road and the Owler Bar to Baslow Road. Recently the water has been drained off and the dam wall breached. This is because the reservoir has not been used as a water supply source for many years. To comply with current safety legislations, it has been necessary to drain and formally ‘discontinue' the structure to ensure that it can no longer retain significant volumes of water.

Barbrook Reservoir - - 3533030

The ‘still' or pond reservoir was originally constructed by impounding the Bar Brook, which rises on Totley Moss and eventually joins the River Derwent at Baslow, by Chesterfield RDC Waterworks Department in about 1882. Subsequently, in 1908 or 1910 a new dam wall was constructed to encompass some 30 acres and hold 100 million gallons of water; at it's deepest the new reservoir was 34 feet deep.

Cattle sheltering by the small reservoir at Barbrook - - 2963666

Cattle sheltering by the small reservoir at Barbrook

Cairn above the ancient stone circle known as Barbrook I - - 2959581

Cairn above the ancient stone circle known as Barbrook I

The second stone circle on Big Moor - - 547223

The second stone circle on Big Moor This stone circle is to the north of the one shown on the Ordnance Survey. It is more substantial than its southerly neighbour and evidence of prehistoric human cremation has been discovered beneath the cairn within the circle.

Companion Stone on Big Moor - - 4677024

Companion Stone on Big Moor


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