Derwent Edge & the Hills around Ladybower

Guided walk on Derwent Edge

Derwent Edge and the Hills around Ladybower, Peak District, with Rachel Bolton

Saturday 18 July 2020 - Fully booked


A guided walk as part of a small group of no more than four people plus your guide along Derwent Edge and over other hills surrounding the beautiful Ladybower Reservoir.   


A walk along the majestic Derwent Edge is unforgettable with far reaching views of the surrounding reservoirs of Derwent, Howden and Ladybower, and the Bleaklow and Kinder Scout hills. 


Our walk leaves Fairholmes car park in the Derwent Valley and climbs up to Lost Lad hill and on to Back Tor, a fine view point to view the vast moorland of Bleaklow.  Progress along Derwent Edge is a delight with easy paths and lots of rock landmarks including The Cakes of Bread and the Salt Cellar! After Whinstone Lee Tor we descend to Ladybower Reservoir and cross to the other side of the valley to ascend Crook Hill and Lockerbrook before descending through woodland to return to Fairholmes. 


The Derwent Edge and Hills around Ladybower walk is about 9.3 miles/15km with approx 650 metres of ascent.  Paths can be slippery and rough in a few places.


The cost is £38.00 per person.  Please book and pay below.  You are booking with Rachel Bolton who will guide the walk on the day.

The hills surrounding Ladybower Reservoir. With Rachel Bolton. 18 July 2020.


  • Fully booked

Meeting Place and Time

We meet at 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am.  The meeting place is in front of the toilets and Visitor Centre at the Fairholmes car park at the northern end of Ladybower Reservoir.  The nearest posts code is S33 0AQ, but that covers a wide area, so a sat nav might not take you to the correct place. 


Off the A57 if you are heading towards Glossop, turn right up the road that heads north up the west side of Ladybower Reservoir.  It is signposted to ‘Upper Derwent Valley’, or ‘Derwent Dams’. Drive up the road for just over 2 miles with the reservoir on your right, then look out for the turn on the right that leads into the main Fairholmes car park.  The car park is a pay & display and costs £5 per day.  The ticket machine only takes coins.


Please be aware that there are no mobile phone signals in this part of the Derwent Valley.


Further Information

Essential Information
General information sheet that provides advice regarding what to wear and what to bring with you on your guided walk.
General Information - Full Day Walks.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 464.2 KB


If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the village of Bamford is nearby. 


Alternative Dates - Private Guiding

For greater flexibility, why not do this as a private guided walk on a day of your choice, either on your own or with a group of friends or family?