Ladybower to King’s Tree

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On Abbey Bank, with Howden Reservoir and Bleaklow beyond (Photo: Judy Lomas)


The penultimate stage leaves the car park at Heatherdene by the same permissive path used at the end of the last stage, climbing back up to the edge of Bamford Moor. Cross the moorland to Jarvis Clough to pick up the track that leads to the A57 at Cutthroat Bridge. Assuming you pass that notorious spot unscathed you next head west along the bridleway to Whinstone Lee Tor, at the southern end of Derwent Edge. For the next few miles you can enjoy the fabulous views over the reservoirs and the varied rock formations as you head for Back Tor and Lost Lad. A long descent follows via Abbey Bank to reach the north end of Derwent Reservoir. If pushed for time, you can head south from here alongside the reservoir to reach the visitor centre at Fairholmes. Otherwise, continue northwards along the east shore of Howden Reservoir up to the bridge at Slippery Stones, where you cross the Derwent and walk back down the other bank to reach the bus stop at King’s Tree. Shuttle buses run from here to Fairholmes at weekends and bank holidays. The last bus will take you back to Heatherdene, or there are some connecting buses from Fairholmes which can drop you off outside the Ladybower Inn.

Route details on OS Maps


  • Length: 11 miles (18 km)
  • Ascent: 1952 feet (595 m)
  • Lowest Point: 703 feet (214 m)
  • Highest Point: 1727 feet (527 m)
  • Approximate walking time (excluding stops): 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Refreshments: Fairholmes Visitor Centre (Off route)
  • Highlights:
    • Ladybower Reservoir
    • Cutthroat Bridge
    • Derwent Edge
    • Wheel Stones
    • Salt Cellar
    • Cakes of Bread
    • Back Tor
    • Lost Lad
    • Abbey Bank
    • Howden Dam and Reservoir

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