From Empingham village, we crossed the main road and walked down Nook Lane to the footpath between two houses. Through a gate and down across the field. we climbed a stile and followed the path to the entrance to the woods. Then it was over a stile and a plank bridge, through the woods, over another stile, across a field and another stile. This brought us out below the dam. We kept the fence on our right and headed for the gate which meets the entrance road to Sykes Lane car park.
After this we followed the path to Whitwell and then to Barnsdale. The bluebells were out in force.