Derwent Moors walk

12 May 2024

On this lovely walk, we explore the high moors to the north of Hathersage and east of the Ladybower Reservoir, passing stunning views, edges, ancient monuments and wild moorlands. We begin at Hathersage and proceed via Bamford Edge, Moscar and Strines to the Fairholmes Visitor Centre, a distance of approximately 13 miles.
Our walk begins in Hathersage, where toilets are available. We follow Hood Brook for a short distance before climbing to Birley Farm. Turning north, we proceed along an ancient routeway to Gatehouse Farm and across fields to Bole Hill. After a short road walk we climb along Bamford Edge, past cairns and other ancient remains to the A57 road at Cutthroat Bridge. We shall have a break along this stretch to admire the views and take refreshment.
After crossing the main road, we proceed along footpaths past Moscar House and turn onto an old moorland track along Strines Edge. Eventually, we turn north east along Strines Moor Ridge and descend to our lunch stop at Strines, site of the appropriately named Strines Inn.
Suitably rested and refreshed, we proceed along Foulstone Road across Foulstone Moor to Bradstone Gate Head. From here, we descend gently with Back Tor and Lost Lad visible to our right. Eventually, we reach the edge of the Derwent Valley and descend more steeply to the Upper Derwent Reservoir. From here it is but a short walk along the reservoir and below the Derwent Dam to the Fairholmes Visitor Centre, where we shall finish our ramble. Toilets and refreshments should be available here.
We shall catch the coach home, from the road just above the visitor centre, at 6:30pm.

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