Derwent Edge & Ladybower Reservoir

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Derwent Edge & Ladybower Reservoir

The Upper Derwent Reservoirs are one of the finest parts of the Peak District – 3 reservoirs surrounded by open moorland and yet all only a fifteen minute drive from Sheffield. This Derwent Edge walk runs high to the east above the Ladybower Reservoir, and provides some outstanding views across the Dark Park.

The walk starts at a free parking area off the reservoir access road. Initially it’s an easy amble alongside Ladybower, before you cross the bridge and enter the plantation on the eastern side. Here, the going gets steeper as you climb to Whinstone Lee Tor but is soon eases as you walk along the gently rising Derwent Edge all the way up to Back Tor. The walk then turns west and descends from Derwent Edge via Lost Lad down to Ladybower Reservoir, famous for being the training site for the Dambusters raids. From Fairholmes Visitor Centre, it’s an easy walk back to the start.

The walking is not particularly difficult, with the one steep climb up to Derwent Edge and a short but steep descent. Navigation is also straightforward, though in cloudy conditions it can be tricky finding your way off Lost Lad.

Walk Details

Distance – 13.7km or 8.5 miles

Ascent – 500 metres or 1650 feet.

Terrain – Good paths, sometimes a little rocky and muddy. One steep ascent, easy walking alongside Ladybower Reservoir and both Derwent Edge itself.

Getting There

The walk is accessed off the A57. Turn onto the Ladybower Reservoir access road, and drive up. The parking is on your right – it’s free. There is also roadside parking at Stage 3, or pay and display at Stage 16.

Derwent Edge is also accessible by bus from Sheffield, Bakewell and villages in between. Click here for more information on bus routes and times.

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