Bamford Edge and Ladybower Reservoir

Stanage and Bamford Edges Guided Walk

2. Bamford Edge and Ladybower Reservoir

Sunday 8 May 2022


A guided walk as part of a small group of usually no more than six people plus your guide, along one of the most beautiful gritstone edges of the Dark Peak.  


Bamford Edge is certainly less visited than the other edges in the Peak District but it is just as rewarding and spectacular.  We ascend to the edge via Bamford village, one of the principal villages in the Derwent Valley.  On a fine day we will be rewarded by views of the surrounding hills, Stanedge, High Neb and Derwent Reservoirs. 


After exploring the site of a stone circle we descend to Cutthroat Bridge and the A57.  The busy road is quickly left behind as we aim for the southern most part of Derwent Edge, Whinstone Lee Tor.  We then walk down to Ashopton and the dam wall of Ladybower Reservoir to view this remarkable work of engineering close up.  Ladybower Reservoir was made famous by the “Dam Busters” practising using the famous “bouncing bomb” a little further north on Derwent Dam.  The return to Bamford is made alongside the majestic River Derwent and the Derwent Way footpath.


The Stanage Edge and Bamford Edge walk is about 11 miles/18km with approx 600 metres of ascent on paths that can be slippery and rough in places. 

The cost is £38 per person.  Please book and pay below. 


Why not make a weekend of it? 

Join our Castleton, Mam Tor and The Great Ridge Walk on Saturday 7 May?  The walk begins in Castleton, just 5 miles down the road.  Accommodation information below. 

Bamford Edge and Ladybower Reservoir. Sunday 8 May 2022


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Meeting place and time

We meet 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.

  • The meeting time is 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am.

Accessible by public transport.  Bamford Railway Station is only a short walk away from the meeting point.  


Further information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
PWA General Information - Open and Chall
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If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Bamford, Hope and Castleton are nearby, with a good choice of B&Bs, pubs that offer accommodation, and camp sites.  Visit our Accommodation Page.


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?