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    Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook Walk

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    17.9 km
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    612 m
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    Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook

    The walk along the Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook is a wonderfully scenic adventure above the Upper Derwent Valley that will lead you along the exposed terrain of the moor for some spectacular views of the Peak District. Some of the trails along this route are quite narrow and rocky, which will likely pose a problem for less mobile walkers. Make sure to wear sturdy walking boots and bring several layers to combat the often harsh weather conditions along the exposed edge.

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    Route Description for Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook Walk

    Although not for the faint-hearted, the Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook Trail will reward those walkers that brave the technical and exposed terrain with some of the most amazing views that stretch across the Peak District. The trail initially heads southeast through the farmland along the edge of the Ladybower Reservoir before climbing up the rugged terrain of the moor to traverse the escarpment along the Derwent Edge. After summiting Back Tor, walkers will descend the elevated position along Abbey Brook, where you will navigate some tricky terrain while enjoying the scenic views across the calm waters below. After a pleasant stroll along the edge of the reservoir, you will make your way past the dam and arrive back at the trailhead, having completed the walk along Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook.

    Other amazing walks in Peak District National Park

    Check out our guides to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Stanage Edge, Dovedale, and Padley Gorge. Or see all of our Peak District walks on 10Adventures.

    Getting to the Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook Walk Trailhead

    To reach the car park for the Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook Walk from Hope Valley, drive north on Station Road for 4.2 km and make a left turn onto the A57. After 1.1 km, turn right and continue on for 3.7 km to arrive at the car park next to the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Older Children only

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