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You don’t need to live in the countryside or own a car to enjoy trail running! This 10 mile circular route takes you from Dore and Totley railway station out to Ox Stones on the fringes of the Peak District and returns via Blacka Woods.

Route Info

Distance - 16k / 10 miles

Ascent - 400m

Time - 2 hours (allow longer if you aim to take rest stops or stop for photos!)

Terrain – Woodland and moorland, mainly on good paths or tracks with a few short tarmac sections towards the end.

You hit the trails almost immediately as you cross from the train station into Ecclesall Woods, following good footpaths through the woods and then head up the wooded Limb Valley towards Ringinglow. A quick road crossing leads on to the start of the Houndkirk road and then turn immediately right on a wide path up through Lady Canning’s Plantation. After a kilometre you’ll pop out of the trees, go straight ahead taking the narrow path across the heather moorland to the high point of Ox Stones. It’s been uphill all the way to here but it’s been a gradual climb rather than steep. Pause to catch your breath and admire the view – you can even scramble up onto the boulders if you have a head for heights!

From here take the path left, past the trig point back down towards the plantation then take the track rightwards to the Houndkirk road (not a road you’d want to drive on unless you had a 4 wheel drive!) A couple of kilometres on here will lead you towards the main road where you’ll need to do a few hundred metres on the verge until you pop into Blacka Woods. It’s all downhill from here, quite steep in places over some tricky, technical paths until the ground flattens and you emerge from the woods and take footpaths to the B road on the outskirts of Totley. Head into Totley Brook on a quiet road but look for the bridge over the railway on your right. This allows you to cross straight over the main road at Totley Rise and pick up the footpath above Poynton Wood and back to the station rather than running along the main road.

Jump on the train in your muddy trainers with a smile on your face and head back to the Outdoor City!

Best ViewFrom Ox Stones SK 279831

Start and finish point Dore and Totley station SK 322812

Photo 1 –  Autumn in Ecclesall Woods
Photo 2 –  Ox Stones in the snow

Route and Photo credit: Fell Running Guide

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  1. Lola Bourke
    Hiking is the best thing that everyone needs to do for spending healthier and relaxed life. They use exercise kit too which measures their calories and steps which they take on daily basis. So that, they learn about their boosting power.

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