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National Trust Derwent Dam walk, Peak District

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Derwent Dam
© Holly Brega
Derwent Dam
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Derwent Dam
© Holly Brega
Derwent Dam
© Holly Brega

Walk Details

This beautiful circular walk explores Derwent Dam and Ladybower reservoir in one of the most spectacular landscapes of the Peak District National Park.

Wonderful for taking in many Peak District habitats, this walk will lead you alongside the Ladybower Reservoir.

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You’ll pass through farmland and up steep wooded cloughs, before emerging high on top of the moors. Here you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Derwent Valley and across much of the Dark Peak area.

You’ll spot local wildlife and enjoy beautiful vistas as you walk. Look out for some of the area’s most impressive wildlife along the route, including large mountain hares (with white coats in winter) and golden plovers as you travel across a mixture of farmland and moorland.

This walk starts and finishes at the Fairholmes car park between Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs.

Carpark: Fairholmes Car Park, Derwent Ln, Hope Valley S33 0AQ

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Bamford, Manchester

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".