Start Point On road parking on the A57 west of the junction with the A6013 to Bamford Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 19595 86408  
Length 9.0 miles  
Grade Exposed moorland. Rough ground with bogs in places. Most paths are well defined. Images from the walk

Brief Description

A walk from Ladybower reservoir onto Derwent Edge. The route climbs to Back Tor before looping back down to the reservoir. Excellent views from the Edge across to Win Hill, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout. Derwent Edge is exposed to the elements and walkers should be prepared for conditions on the higher ground to be worse than at lower levels.


Road up from the A57

From the main road head west. Before the bridge take the access road north.

After 100m cut back sharp right towards the houses and away from the reservoir.

Continue up the lane. Just before the gate onto open ground cut back sharp left up the hill and through the narrow wooden gate.

Whinstone Lee Tor

Follow the path through the woods and then out onto open ground.

The path climbs steadily. After half a mile the path swings right and goes up steeply onto the edge.

Turn left and take the path up to the first rocky outcrop, Whinstone Lee Tor.

Continue along the edge past other outcrops all the way to Back tor, which has a Trig point on top.

Derwent Edge guidestoop

From Back Tor retrace you route back100m to the guidestoop.

Turn right and head south west, down the hill.

The path swings right and continues in a North westerly direction for 3/4 mile.

The path then swings left, over a small wooden bridge.

signpost to Ladybower

As the track approached a wall and fence the track forks. Take the left hand fork. After a short distance the path forks again. Take the left fork again.

Continue down the path to the signpost

Follow the path signed to Ladybower.

The path develops into a farm track as it descends.

Follow the track all the way until it meets the tarmac road by the reservoir.

Turn left and follow the road all the way back to the A57.


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Ordnance Survey maps should be used in conjunction with these instructions.