Spectacular Edges - Ladybower & Derwent

4. Spectacular Edges - Ladybower & Derwent

Saturday 20 May, Sunday 21 May 2023.

Choose one or both of these magnificent guided walking days as part of small group with your friendly professional guide. If you want to explore the best of the Peak District in a weekend, these routes have it all - high edges, rocky tors, wooded valleys, tumbling brooks and a stone circle. In good weather, enjoy far reaching views at 4-500m over the surrounding reservoirs of Derwent, Howden and Ladybower, and towards the high Bleaklow and Kinder Scout plateaus.  This is the National Park at its best - at the best time of year!  


A single day is £38 per person - book both days for £70.  More walk and booking information below.  


Saturday 20 May.  Bamford Edge and Whinstone Lee Tor. 

Bamford Edge is less visited but no less rewarding or spectacular.  We ascend to the edge via Bamford village - on a fine day there are unrivalled views of Ladybower Reservoir far below, with Win Hill, Lose Hill and Kinder Scout prominent in the West. 


After visiting the site of a stone circle on Hordron Edge, we descend to Cutthroat Bridge, crossing the A57.  The busy road is quickly left behind as our path heads up over wild moorland to Whinstone Lee Tor, an impressive viewpoint at the southern most tip of Derwent Edge.  We then descend to the dam wall of Ladybower Reservoir to view this remarkable work of engineering .  The return to Bamford follows a section of the Derwent Heritage Way, a long distance footpath that explores the beauty and heritage of one of Derbyshire's finest rivers.


The walk is about 11 miles/18km with approximately 1,969 feet/600 metres of ascent.  


Sunday 21 May.  Back Tor and Derwent Edge.

Our walk leaves from Fairholmes Car Park by the Derwent Dam. It was made famous when the RAF’s 617 Squadron flew practice sorties here with their ‘bouncing bombs’, in preparation their epic 1943 raid on the dams of the German Ruhr. A wooded path along Derwent Reservoir takes us to Abbey Brook, a pretty, winding clough that leads us up to the summit of Back Tor - our highest point at 1,765 feet / 538 metres.  Progress along Derwent Edge is a 'high level' delight with easy paths and lots of 'rock landmarks', including The Cakes of Bread and Salt Cellar!  We descend to Ladybower Reservoir and walk along the water's edge through woodland back Fairholmes. 


The walk is about 12.5 miles/20km in length with approximately 1,969 feet/600 metres of ascent.  


Please Note: For these walks participants should be able to complete a full day out in the hills. Please be aware that the terrain is steep and hilly in places and may be boggy if it's wet.  Length, pace and ascent may vary slightly dependent upon best route to support the group.


A single day is £38 per person - book both days for £70.  Please book and pay below

Saturday Saturday 20 May 2023, and/or Sunday 21 May 2023


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Meeting Places and Times

Saturday 20 May.  Bamford Edge and Whinstone Lee Tor 

We meet at 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am. The meeting place is towards the end of the cul-de-sac on Mytham Bridge Road, in the village of Bamford. You turn off the A6187 towards Bamford village. Then turn almost immediately left at the end of the bus-stop lay-by onto Mytham Bridge Road. Post code S33 0EA. There is free roadside car parking.


Sunday 21 May.  Back Tor and Derwent Edge

We meet at 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am. The meeting place is in front of the toilets and Upper Derwent 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.  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 two miles with the reservoir on your right, then look out for the turn on the right that leads into the main Fairholmes Car Park.  This pay and display car park takes cash and cards and costs £5 per day.  Their are toilets and a cafe here.  Please be aware that there are no mobile phone signals in this part of the Derwent Valley.


Joining the Walks by Train? We can meet and return you to Bamford train station and / or local Bamford accommodation if you wish - just let us know when you book. Provided we’ve got enough spaces in our vehicles we don't charge for this as we are keen to promote use of public transport and help reduce traffic in the Peak District National Park.


Further Information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks
A PWA General Information Sheet - Open
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