A Walk Around the Derwent Watershed

Route Information

A6013, Hope Valley S33, UK


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Route Summary:

Classic Dark Peak route around the Derwent Watershed

Distance: 63 Kms

Ascent: 1551 metres


Start and Finish: Circular walk that starts and ends at Yorkshire Bridge near Bamford


No facilities at all

Hazards: Navigation can be difficult and boggy ground plentiful on the second half of the route

Public Transport:

Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav: Free roadside parking just up from the Yorkshire Bridge Inn 

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A Walk Around the Derwent Watershed

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Mark Barrett of hillexplorer.com shares this classic and extremely challenging Dark Peak route. At 39 miles, it covers the whole of the watershed around the Derwent reservoirs and, though it’s not officially a challenge walk, it’s up there with the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in terms of effort required, and even harder in terms of the terrain. In other words, it’s not to be taken lightly. The route starts at Yorkshire Bridge and ascends Win Hill before moving on to the Lose Hill to Mam Tor ridge, Rushup Edge, Brown Knoll, the western edge of Kinder Scout, Mill Hill, Bleaklow, Howden Edge, Margery Hill, Back Tor, Derwent Edge, and finally Stanage Edge.

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The Route

For the full route description, follow this link to the Derwent Watershed walk on the hillexplorer.com website. Images and GPX files used with permission of the route author.

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  1. […] from Edale – Mam Tor From Edale. Or how about as a part of a challenging walk along the Derwent Watershed by Local Expert – Mark […]

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