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Derwent Valley Charity Challenge

Come and join our annual charity walk based in the Dark Peak Moorlands, Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs area. Our chosen charity this year is the Peak District Foundation.  The Foundation raises money to connect people from all backgrounds to nature and improve wellbeing through nature connection, restoring nature and supporting an environment which contributes to the fight against climate change. All proceeds from this walk, your booking fee and our guiding fee will be donated to the charity.  More about the Peak District Foundation here > .

  • Distance: 24 miles/38km.
  • Ascent: 2756ft/840m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Tough!
  • Great For:  Hill/challenge walkers who are fit to walk all day with steep ascents and short breaks.
  • Approx Timings: 0745 – 1800. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish Day:  Hetherdene Car Park, A6013, Bamford, Hope Valley S33 oBY.
  • Location Map >


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This walk was founded by Christian Maylor and is found in his book Dark Peak Challenges under the title, The Derwent Valley Skyline. Available from: fully supports us undertaking his walk for charity.

The Route:   Our walk starts from Ashopton Bridge, on Ladybower Reservoir, and quickly rises onto the hills where we visit the quiet, heather moorland of Howden and Bleaklow.  En route, it takes in Derwent Edge with its wind carved stones and views of Ladybower Reservoir. Heading north, the paths are less distinct (and boggy in places if it’s wet), but the remote beauty is rewarding. We visit Round Hill, Margery Hill and Howden Edge before reaching Swains Head.  We pass close to the source of the Derwent, Derbyshire’s famous 50 mile river.  Then, onto Bleaklow Stones, a remote rocky outpost on the Peak District’s second highest plateau.  Heading south, the path passes close to the extraordinary rock formations of Alport Castles, overlooking Woodlands Valley and the north edge of Kinder Scout. We reach Crook Hill, a fine, final viewpoint over Ladybower Reservoir before the route descends to Ashopton Bridge and our challenge’s completion.

Please note:  It will take approximately 10 – 11  hours for us to walk the route.  Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with just small breaks.

Additional information

Walk Date

Saturday 24 August 2024

What’s 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 at Hetherdene Car Park, A6013, Hope Valley S33 oBY.  The car park is a ‘Pay & Display’ and (currently) costs £6 per day. Please bring coins in case the card option is not functioning.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of Hetherdene Car Park here.

Coming by Bus or Train
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. We are happy to pick you up from Bamford Station. Or, if you’re staying or arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.


There are toilets at Bamford’s Hetherdene Car Park where we meet.

Bamford is a small pretty villages with a pub, hotel, cafe, accommodation but limited facilities.

Hathersage:  Hathersage (10 minutes by car) has toilets, a garage, shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, B & B’s and a Youth Hostel.

The villages of Hope and Castleton are also nearby.

See a map of the local area here.

Walk Difficulty

This is a  Tough! Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >


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


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…

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.