Bamford Carnival Fell Race Route
The course is 7.2 km (4½ miles) long with 320m (just over 1000’) of climb. Start from the Recreation Ground (GR 206829) go along Water Lane to Thornhill Lane where you turn right before climbing up to the hamlet of Thornhill. In the middle of Thornhill you turn left followed by a right 200 metres later up Townhead Lane. Follow this track up through some woods to the triangle at the boundary of the open countryside. After a short steep ascent the course level out and cuts across to Parkin Clough where it turns left for the final steep climb to the top of Win Hill. After admiring the views over Ladybower Reservoir continue about 100m before turning sharply left and return to Thornhill over the fields. In the middle of Thornhill follow the narrow footpath by the side of Barleylands to return to Bamford Recreation Ground.
The descent makes use of paths that are not rights of way and the co-operation of the farmers is much appreciated.