Sunday 20 March 2022.
A guided trek training walk as part of a small group from Fairholmes Visitor Centre in the Derwent Valley. We visit Alport Castles an impressive landslide area and the less visited eastern side of Kinder Scout.
Highest Point: 530m/1738ft
Total Ascent: 737m/2417ft
Approximate Time: 6.5hrs (dependent on party's overall pace)
Starting from Fairholmes visitor centre car park in the Derwent valley, we ascend through woodland and moorland to Alport Castles. The castles themselves are formed by a landslide. Our path follows a route through the rocks and boulder field to descend to the river Alport. Our big climb of the day is the approach to the eastern side of Kinder Scout. It's well worth the effort though as the views are terrific! We contour around the eastern edge and descend via a moorland path to the site of Hope Cross a way marker post constructed in 1737. After descending down via a rocky track our final climb through Hagg Side woodlands returns us to Fairholmes.
The route described may vary according to participants level of ability, progress and weather conditions. Please be aware that the terrain maybe steep, hilly, rocky and boggy in places. Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with small breaks.
The cost to join this walk is £38 per person. Please book and pay below.
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.
If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Bamford and Hope are ideal, or the nearest city is Sheffield. Visit our Accommodation Page.