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A Walk Around the Derwent Watershed

By Mark Barrett   

on January 8, 2018    5/5 (1)

A Walk Around the Derwent Watershed

Further Details

Route Summary:

Classic Dark Peak route around the Derwent Watershed

This walk includes the 2 Hewitts of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow Head

This walk includes the 2 Nuttalls of Kinder Scout, Bleaklow Head

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

62.76 km 1578 m

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Epic Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Route starts (and ends) near  The Yorkshire Bridge Inn


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

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking :

Free roadside parking just up from the Yorkshire Bridge Inn

Public Transport:

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


A Walk Around the Derwent Watershed Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

A Walk Around the Derwent Watershed

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.

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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