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Alport Castles and Kinder Fitness Walk

A guided Fitness Walk from Fairholmes Visitor Centre in the Derwent Valley. We visit Alport Castles, an impressive landslide escarpment with unusual rock formations, and the-less visited eastern side of Kinder Scout.

  • Distance: 10.2 miles/16.5km.
  • Ascent: 2417ft/737m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Harder.
  • Great For: Active walkers who want to increase fitness or prepare for a challenge.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Fairholmes Visitor Centre Car Park, Ladybower Reservoir,  S33 0AQ.
  • Location Map >

£45.00

SKU Alport Castles and Kinder Scout Fitness Walk-1 Categories ,

Description

Starting from Fairholmes Visitor Centre car park in the Derwent Valley, we ascend through woodland and moorland to Alport Castles. The Castles are formed by a landslide, leaving large rocky towers. Our path follows a route through the rocks and boulder field to descend to the River Alport. Our big climb of the day is up the eastern side of Kinder Scout – it’s worth the effort as the views are terrific! We contour around the eastern edge and descend a moorland path to Hope Cross, a way marker post constructed in 1737.  After descending down via a rocky track, our final climb through Hagg Side Woodlands returns us to Fairholmes.

Want to make a weekend of it?  You can also book our Bamford Edge and Win Hill Fitness Walk on Saturday 2 November 2024 here >

Additional information

The Walk

Starting from Fairholmes Visitor Centre car park in the Derwent Valley, we ascend through woodland and moorland to Alport Castles. The Castles are formed by a landslide, leaving large rocky towers. Our path follows a route through the rocks and boulder field to descend to the River Alport. Our big climb of the day is up the eastern side of Kinder Scout – it's worth the effort as the views are terrific! We contour around the eastern edge and descend a moorland path to Hope Cross, a way marker post constructed in 1737.  After descending down via a rocky track, our final climb through Hagg Side Woodlands returns us to Fairholmes.

Walk Date

Sunday 3 November 2024

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

We meet in front of the Visitor Centre and Toilets at Fairholmes Visitor Centre Car Park, Ladybower Reservoir,  S33 0AQ

Directions 

  • The nearest posts code is S33 0AQ, but that covers a wide area, so a sat nav might not take you to the correct place.
  • Off the A57 if you are heading towards Glossop, turn right up the road that heads north up the west side of Ladybower Reservoir.
  • It is signposted to ‘Upper Derwent Valley’, or ‘Derwent Dams’.
  • Drive up the road for just over two miles with the reservoir on your right, then look out for the turn on the right that leads into the main Fairholmes car park.
  • The car park is a pay & display and costs (currently) £5 per day.  The ticket machine may only take coins.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the Derwent Visitor Centre Car Park here.

Coming by Bus or Train
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.

Facilities

There is a takeaway café, toilets and parking at Derwent Visitor Centre but no Wifi or mobile reception. There’s more information about the Derwent Visitor Centre here

Walk Difficulty

This is a Harder Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.