Ladybower & Derwent Edge - Guided Walks Peak District
Peak District Guided Walks
The famous "Dam Busters" dam and the open moors and tors of Derwent Edge, a lovely guided walk
This great guided walk starts from Fairholmes car park at the top end of Ladybower Reservoir near Bamford, Derbyshire. Before we head to the hills we will take time to visit the famous Derwent Reservoir dam where the “Dam Busters” of the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron practiced 75 years ago this spring.
From the dam we head along the shore of Derwent Reservoir before the 300m/1500ft climb up onto the glorious Derwent Edge. The climb up is mostly gradual and on a clear day provides great views of the surrounding region.
Once on the ridge we pass the "Lost Lad" cairn and then follow a good paved path through the peat and heather landscape with a good chance for spotting some of the local wildlife. The views continue all the way along the ridge as we pass the various rocky tors and beautifully shaped rocks such as Back Tor, the Cakes of Bread, Dove Stone, and the Salt Cellar to name but a few.
From the end of the ridge we wind our way gradually back down to Ladybower Reservoir and our return to Fairholmes passing the site of the old submerged village of Derwent.
The walk is mostly on good footpaths and includes one ascent of about 300m/1000ft. At any time of year there could to be some muddy sections.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (avoid jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers if rain is possible
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots providing good ankle protection
- Warm hat and gloves
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We'll have a couple of food stops on the walk.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Money for car park fees and a possible cafe visit at the end