Derwent Edge

Derwent Edge
Hill Summit : Back Tor[SK197909, 538m.]
Start : Fairholms Car Park Fairholms is a large and busy car park at the north end of the Ladybower Reservoir. Payment is required. [SK172893 212m ]
Summary : Fairholms Car Park - Ladybower Reservoir - Wheel Stones - Dovestone Tor - Back Tor - Lost Lad - Derwent Reservoir - Fairholms.
distance : 12.0km.
ascent : 430m.
time : 4hr. 20min.

Derwent Edge is the northerly of the Eastern edges; east from the Bleaklow plateau. Not large vertical cliffs as Stanage but interesting rock formations on the top of the predominantly grassy ridge. This walk, as with the others on the Eastern edges, are significant hill-walking expeditions. This is the heart of the wild Peak District where the conditions can be severe in wintery or windy conditions. This walk can start at various places but the description starts at the busy Fairholms Car Park.


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Temperature : 3degC.
Wind Speed : 3km/hr.
Wind Direction : WSW
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Sunrise : 04:54:54
Sunset : 19:15:36
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Leave the car park and walk towards the Derwent Dam. This can be spectacular if it is overflowing. Follow the road that turn south down the eastern edge of Ladybower reservoir. Follow this for around 2km. At Ashes FArm there is a footpath signed to Moscar. The path first goes up beside the farm to reach a shelter. From here follow the path that goes east and climbs to the top of the edge. Here is a footpath junction. Take the path on the left that climbs up the edge, and soon you will see Wheel Stones. Now walk up to this large outcrop of rock. There are good views here up Ladybower Reservoir, and over to the Bleaklow plateau. (4.5kms. 260m. 1hrs. 50min.)

The ridge is now followed north to Back Tor. On the way passing the memorable rock features of White Tor and then onto Dovestone Tor. Just before reaching Dovestone Tor check out the Salt Cellar which is lower down than the other rock features but argueably one of the more famous. Doverstone Tor is a significant rock feature with some excellent views south down the Derwent Valley. Continue along the ridge past Cakes of Bread, on the right, to reach the high point at Back Tor with it's trig point. The is as far as this route travels along the ridge on this walk. (3.0kms. 160m. 1hrs. 20min.)

From Back Tor take the NW path to Lost Lad. there is a large direction table at the summit and worth taking time to see all the sights of this area. From Lost lad follow the paths, often muddy, around the top of Green Stiches. At the path junction, rather than descending south to Pike Low, go straight ahead to the broken stone wall. Cross the wall and follow the path to descend to the reservoir. It is steep at the end but soon you reach Walkers Clough that leads to Derwent Reservoir. Now walk south down the good track alongside the reservoir to reach the Derwent Dam. Follow the footpath down to the bottom of the dam and then back to the Fairholms car park. (4.5kms. 10m. 1hrs. 20min.)