Derwent Edge

Walk 18: Scaling Derwent Edge

A long hike that rewards you with stunning views from the majestic Derwent Edge, which lies above the Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District National Park.

You start the walk with a sharp ascent up to Derwent Edge, hiking along the tops before dropping down to Derwent Reservoir. You pass the impressive Derwent Dam, have a quick refreshment stop at Fairholmes then continue past Lady Bower back to the start point.

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  • Distance: 10.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Minimum Duration: 5 hrs
  • Refreshments: PubCafe
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 20166 85207


Paid parking is available at Heatherdene Car Park, S33 0BY.


Derbyshire, UK

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Safety First

Please do not rely on this walking guide to solely navigate the hike. Always take a paper map and compass with you and make sure you know how to use them. Hiking is generally safe, but there are always potential risks. Use common sense, plan your route beforehand and make a reasonable judgment at all times.


  1. Leave the main entrance of the Hetherdene Carpark, turn right and head along the A6013, crossing Lady Bower Reservoir. At the junction with the traffic lights, turn right, cross over the road and pass the Lady Bower pub.
  2. Immediately after the Lady Bower pub, take the track on the left which begins to ascend upwards into the Lady Bower wood.
  3. After about 50 meters the track continues and also bends left. Take the track as it bends left and continues ascending around the back of the Lady Bower pub.
  4. Continue on the path, passing through a gate.
  5. Shortly after the gate, head right up the steep hillside, climbing until reaching the top.
  6. Continue on the path until reaching Whinstone Lee Tor.
  7. Continue along the same path for 3 miles, hugging the edge. You will pass some magnificent rock formations along the way, including the Hurkling Stones, the Wheel Stones, Dovestone Tor and Back Tor.
  8. The path eventually begins to drop down to the Derwent Reservoir.
  9. Upon reaching the shore of the Derwent Reservoir, turn left and head towards Derwent Dam. For refreshments, head down in front of the dam and towards Fairholmes.
  10. Once fuelled, head back along the road and continue alongside Lady Bower Reservoir until meeting Snake Road.
  11. Turn left and head back to the traffic lights from near the beginning of the walk.
  12. Retrace your steps back to Hetherdene Carpark.
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Leigh Walker

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Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.

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