Derwent Valley - Ladybower Reservoir Full Circular - Woodlands, Dams and Bridges

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A spectacular circular walk taking in the stunning scenery of the Derwent Valley, nestling in the Peak District National Park. Ladybower Reservoir was constructed by the Derwent Valley Water Board primarily to provide water for Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. It is a beautiful place to visit, with a spectacular viaduct, several bridges to cross and an awe-inspiring walk alongside the impressive Derwent Dam.

In picturesque surroundings, the start of the walk takes you up into the hills looking back across the Derwent Valley, with panoramic views overlooking the reservoir and tall pine forest as a stunning backdrop. Dropping back down to the Ladybower Reservoir from the other side to take in a different view, you will skirt the edge of the waters on a well-trodden stone path that meanders round until you reach the far side of the reservoir and the Ladybower Overflow and Value Houses. There is some informative audio guide on the Ladybower Bridge and provides a fantastic photo opportunity of the surrounding waters and valley.

You climb back up onto the ridge before dropping down once again to take a well-trodden stone path that skirts the water's edge overlooking the Ladybower Viaduct from a different angle, with multiple arches over the reservoir which is quite a spectacular sight. This particular area has historic significance as it is the place where the bouncing bomb practice took place in WWII.

The walk ends by walking right underneath and alongside the Derwent Dam, an impressively designed structure that really does take your breath away. You will cross the river and trace the water's edge back to the start.

This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is worth a visit just for the wonderful scenery alone.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Nature Trail, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
12/9/2018 - Nicola Howarth

Left my four legged friend at home for this one as I was unsure if she would get much time off lead. I really wish i'd taken her, this is a perfect doggy walk, only a few areas needed to be put on lead near farm buildings and roads . I will definitely return to do with her . We were lucky enough to see the sunken village and plenty of toilets , cafes and picnic stops on route. Lovely walk thank-you

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