DERBYSHIRE PEAKS and DALES

19th Sept 2008: Derwent Edge via Back Tor

Start/Finish at Ladybower Reservoir, circa 210m

Highest point: Back Tor, 538m

Distance: circa 15 kms

Weather: Mainly cloudy

Vertical altitude gain: circa 350m

Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Ladybower Reservoir Visitor Center

For the third day in a row I was about to embark on a Peak District walk with Sunnydale. This one starting at the Visitor Centre between the Ladybower and Derwent Reservoirs on a day when the weather had reverted to fairly dull and overcast.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008

Wood carving at Ladybower Reservoir Visitor Center Derwent Reservoir Dam

We passed the tall wood carved trunk with it's owl and squirrel. Then approached Derwent Dam. Famous for it's training role for the WWII Dambusters Lancaster Bomber Squadron.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 continued

Path up to Derwent Edge Sign on path up to Derwent Edge

The paths were quite easy to walk, and easy to find with plenty of good notices.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 View down to Derwent Reservoir

As we went up the steady gentle ascent our view back down improved. In this direction looking down onto the virtually full Derwent Reservoir.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 View down to Ladybower Reservoir

And looking back a bit further to the South gave us a view of the equally full, and much larger, Ladybower Reservoir.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 View up to Derwent Edge

The weather was gloomy, but still allowed us to look above us and see Derwent Edge some way above us. This view covering a large part of the Edge that we planned to walk along.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 Back Tor Summit

We reached close to the top of the Edge, and headed to it's true high point. The summit of Back Tor. That was next to these leaning rocks and marked by a white Triglet!

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 View South from Back Tor along Derwent Edge

From Back Tor we could look South along the top of Derwent Edge and the route we now planned to take.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 continued

Standing on Rocks on Derwent Edge Standing on Rocks on Derwent Edge

There were large collections of rocks standing proud on the Edge. Some of which we could ourselves stand on to get a better view of this lovely area of Peak District.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 Ladybower Reservoir from Derwent Edge

The route along the Edge meant we were always in sight of water below us. Either from Derwent, or in this case, Ladybower Reservoirs.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 Rock formations on Derwent Edge

The great rock formations came along one after the other. Although I confess to having forgotten the name of this one!

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 Ladybower Reservoir from Derwent Edge

A view down into the long and wide valley below us.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 Ladybower Reservoir from Derwent Edge

Another view down into the valley below us.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 Stone walls and farm near Ladybower Reservoir

We left the Edge and walked down towards the valley. Reaching this lovely farm with more of the traditional dry stone walls.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 View through Stone Entrance near Ladybower Reservoir

A small building gave us a place to rest. And a different viewing point for the countryside we were passing through as our walk came towards its end.

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008 Gate with no fence

Almost down to water level. And the sight of a gate with no adjoining fence or wall. I wonder when that was last opened!

Derwent Edge walk, 19th Sept 2008

Ladybower Reservoir Arriving back at water level we took the chance of a cup of hot chocolate from the visitor centre, close to where a nut hatch was busy in trees. We also had the chance of one last look at the expanse of water that had rarely been out of sight since our wander had started.