Sunday 27 February 2022.
A guided trek training walk as part of a small group from Fairholmes in the Derwent Valley. Our route navigates around Derwent Reservoir via its spectacular edges, moorland and hills.
Distance: 16.5km/10.2 miles
Highest Point: 400m/1312ft
Total Ascent: 626m/2053ft
Approximate Time: 6.5 hrs (dependent on party's overall pace)
Fairholmes Visitor Centre parking, refreshments and toilets is an ideal base to start our walk from the Derwent Valley. The surrounding hills and edges are stunning throughout the year. We climb steeply out of the valley by the pretty Hollin Clough and traverse the moorland to Ladybower Reservoir. Derwent Edge is our next goal where easy walking along the edge allows us to view the surrounding hills and moorland. Our final ascent of the day is to the rocky top of Crook Hill a wonderful place to stop for photos and catch our breath before the descent to Fairholmes via Lockerbrook Farm and peaceful woodland trails.
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.