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A walk to the Salt Cellar, Derwent Edge


Ashopton – Derwent Edge, Peak District, Derbyshire

Moderate walk

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)

Brief synopsis

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.


There are 5 comments on this post
  1. August 29, 2016, 12:18 am

    The purple heather adds magic. Beautiful shot.

    • September 13, 2016, 9:32 am

      Thank you so much Annette for looking at my work and leaving such a lovely comment. I hope that you have a great week ahead.

  2. Lesley
    August 28, 2016, 8:07 am

    Wow I thought the heather had been good here in Cornwall but this is awesome., beautiful capture -what lens are you using James is it the 16-35?

    • September 13, 2016, 9:31 am

      Hi Lesley, a keen eye indeed. Yes it was my 16-35 f/4 which I so enjoy using on a regular basis, but the 24-105 does make its appearance now and then. Sadly the heather is turning a muted brown as autumn slowly creeps up on us. I have to say I am looking forward to the crisp autumn air and golden colours. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and have a great week. By that way I have finally become a member of the RPS.org to start my LRPS….

      • September 13, 2016, 5:31 pm

        Well done James on joining, thats great news you will enjoy it I am sure and have no problem at all getting your L, I look forward to hearing how you progress 🙂
        All well here though still hunting for that elusive subject for my Fellowship!

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