Distance: 8.3 km
Park the car at the “lay by” at the junction with
Follow this path straight ahead (do not veer off to the left). The path dips down into a small valley descending to the left. Take the pronounced path in front of you which runs to the right of a small ride of trees that follow a stream. The path leads into a large open field. Look out for a gap in the opposite hedge. The track leads down to a foot bridge and boardwalk. (Carver Rocks is to your right and is worth an investigation). Follow the boardwalk to your right. Before long you will reach the south end of the reservoir and another bridge. Cross the bridge and follow some steps up hill through woodland.
After 100 metres watch out for a path on your right that leads down to another foot bridge. From the bridge the path leads up to a notice board about Carver Rocks and a stile. The path leaves the wooded area and climbs almost straight ahead (slight left) to a stile at the top of the field. Here you meet a racing horse training track and pass through a small hinged gate. The path from here heads towards a small wood in front of you; aim to the right of it. You cross the race track again and follow a path with a wooden fence on your right. The fence separates you from the any race horses that might be training. After crossing a field you hit a metalled road where you turn right.
Walk past the Bondwood farm drive on your right and a large communications pylon on your left until you reach a gate at the point where the track starts to descend towards Repton. Do not follow this route but take the track on your right. The views over the
Enter the Reservoir area just beyond Bendalls Farm. To avoid the traffic you will find a path that runs parallel to the road on the left. The path soon reaches a wide gate which leads down the cycle path. Follow this very enjoyable undulating track for 2 kilometres. There are good views over the reservoir on your right.
The track eventually meets a “T” junction where you turn left. Follow the road around to your right to a set of gates on the Ticknall to Hartshorne road where you will probably find some cars parked. You should see your car (or bus stop) from here on the left downhill several 300 metres ahead.