Ashopton – Derwent Edge, Peak District, Derbyshire
Distance 8 miles / 12.9km
Duration roughly 5 hours
Height gain 365m
Starting point East side of Ashopton Viaduct on A57
OS grid reference SK 196 864 (Explorer map OL 1)
The exertion of a steep, winding climb up on to Derwent Edge is rewarded with breathtaking views across the undisturbed waters of the Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs. The descent back to Ladybower on this circular trail is even steeper in places, but at least ends with a gentle stretch along the wooded bank of the reservoir.
What makes the walk special
As if the views weren’t dramatic enough already, Derwent’s beautiful gritstone edge also boasts extraordinary rock formations with extraordinary names such as Coach and Horses, Hurkling Stones, Salt Cellar and Cakes of Bread. Always great to look out for the sinisterly named Cutthroat Bridge, where a man was found with his throat cut in l635.