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    Fairholmes Derwent Valley Walk

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    13.2 km
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    451 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Located in the scenic Upper Derwent Valley, the Fairholmes Derwent Valley Walk is a scenic route that allows you to view some of the charming terrain that can be found in the Peak District. While out on the trail, you will experience views that stretch across the open moor and down into the valley with the Ladybower Reservoir nestled below. Walking this trail will also provide you with access to countless other adventures that can be found in the area - just make sure to arrive early enough for parking.

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    Route Description for Fairholmes Derwent Valley Walk

    The Fairholmes Derwent Valley Walk is a popular route in the Peak District due to its location in the Upper Derwent Valley, an area well known for its access to a variety of outdoor activities. Setting out from the car park at the visitor centre, cross over the road and make your way west to climb the forested slope and arrive at the Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre. From here, continue along the trail to the south to make your way around the forest, before climbing slightly uphill to cross the moor to the north. After taking in the views of the Peak District landscape, you will eventually arrive at the edge of the Howden Reservoir. Follow along the edge of the water, as the trail leads you south to pass the Howden and Derwent dams before arriving back at the trailhead where you began.

    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 Fairholmes Derwent Valley Walk Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for the Fairholmes Derwent Valley Walk from Bamford, make your way north for 3.1 km along Ashopton Road/A6013 and turn left onto the A57. Turn right after 1.1 km and follow the road for another 3.7 km, where you will 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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