Derwent Edge

Walk 18: Scaling Derwent Edge

Total distance: 16725 m
Max elevation: 527 m
Min elevation: 209 m
Total climbing: 430 m


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Derwent Edge lies above the Upper Derwent Valley and offers some of the best scenery in the Peak District National Park. The outcrops along Derwent Edge are popular with rock climbers and hikers alike.

  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 continue 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 for about 1 km 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. Alternatively
  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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