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    Ladybower Reservoir & Derwent Edge Walk

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    16.3 km
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    507 m
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    Ladybower Reservoir & Derwent Edge Walk

    The Ladybower Reservoir & Derwent Edge Walk is a fantastic route that offers gorgeous views across the Peak District Landscape. The route descends the hillside towards the reservoir and travels along it for some nice views across the water, before climbing uphill to traverse the rugged terrain of the moor along Derwent Edge. If you are prepared for the ups and downs along this walk, then you will be rewarded with some pretty amazing views that sweep across the Upper Derwent Valley.

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    Route Description for Ladybower Reservoir & Derwent Edge Walk

    Although it may be a bit challenging in certain areas, the Ladybower Reservoir & Derwent Edge Walk is an amazing route through the undulating landscape of the Upper Derwent Valley that offers some breathtaking views of the Peak District in every direction. Setting out from the car park, head west along the road for a short distance to pick up the trail on the right side. From here, you will descend the steep hillside of the moor to pass through Ladybower Wood and arrive next to the Ashopton Viaduct.

    Once you have reached the arched structure that spans the reservoir, turn right and follow along the edge of the water until you come to Mill Brook. Here, you will begin the steep climb uphill that will bring you to an elevated position overlooking the beautiful reservoir down in the valley below. After traversing the moor to the north, the trail will turn to the southeast to pass by Lost Lad and Back Tor. This final leg of the journey will take you along the rugged escarpment known as Derwent Edge, providing amazing views over the Upper Derwent Valley before arriving back at the car park where you started.

    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 Ladybower Reservoir & Derwent Edge Walk Trailhead

    To reach the car park for the Ladybower Reservoir & Derwent Edge Walk from Bamford, make your way north along Ashopton Road/A6013 for 3.1 km and make a right turn onto the A57. After another 1.9 km, you will find the car park on the left hand side.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Older Children only

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