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High Tors & Edges Challenge Walk

A fabulous challenge walk with stunning views, taking in high gritstone escarpments and tors.  After the first hour’s climb, it’s a high-level route along ‘the edges’ on good tracks – it makes this walk a gem!

  • Distance: 23 miles/38km.
  • Ascent: 3300ft/1000m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Tough!
  • Great For: Hill/challenge walkers who are fit to walk all day with steep ascents and short breaks.
  • Approx Timings: 0800 – 1800. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start: Fairholmes Visitor Centre Car Park, Ladybower Reservoir,  S33 0AQ.
  • Location Map >

£49.00

SKU High Tors & Edges Challenge Walk Categories ,

Description

This high level, linear walk takes in famous escarpments which will include Derwent Edge,  Bamford or Stanage Edge, Burbage, Froggatt, Curbar, Gardom and Baslow Edges.  Along the route there are far-ranging views all day – towards Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and Bleaklow.  Woods, valleys,  reservoirs and villages lie far below. They’ll be a café and toilet stop along the route!

The walk commences at Ladybower Reservoir and finishes at the Robin Hood Pub near Baslow. As this is a linear walk, we will be organising car shares to return to our starting point.

Additional information

The Walk

This high level, linear walk takes in famous escarpments which will include Derwent Edge,  Bamford or Stanage Edge, Burbage, Froggatt, Curbar, Gardom and Baslow Edges.  Along the route there are far-ranging views all day – towards Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and Bleaklow.  Woods, valleys,  reservoirs and villages lie far below. They’ll be a café and toilet stop along the route! The walk commences at Ladybower Reservoir and finishes at the Robin Hood Pub near Baslow. As this is a linear walk, we will be organising car shares to return to our starting point.

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.

Please Note:  This is a linear walk that finishes at the Robin Hood Pub Chesterfield Rd, Baslow, DE45 1PQ – 25 minutes drive from our starting point. See map >.    We will therefore be organising car shares to return to our starting point where cars are parked at Ladybower.

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

Start:  There is a takeaway café (hopefully, but not guaranteed to be open) where we start.  There are also toilets and parking at Derwent Visitor Centre but no Wifi and poor mobile reception. There’s more information about the Derwent Visitor Centre here

Finish:  The walk finishes at the Robin Hood Pub Chesterfield Rd, Baslow, DE45 1PQ – 25 minutes drive from our starting point. See map >.  (We will therefore be organising car shares to return to our starting point where cars are parked at Ladybower).

Walk Difficulty

This is a Tough 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.
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