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The Snake Challenge Walk

This fabulous new route explores high edges, fascinating rock formations,  a wooded clough and picturesque dales – a lovely hike on quieter paths above Snake Pass and the winding River Ashop below.

  • Distance: 21 miles/34km.
  • Ascent: 4,000ft/1200m 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/Finish: Fairholmes Visitor Centre Car Park, Ladybower Reservoir,  S33 0AQ
  • Location Map >

£49.00

SKU The Snake Challenge Walk Categories ,

Description

On this walk we climb from Fairholmes Visitor Centre, quickly losing the crowds as we cross the River Ashop and head high onto the eastern end of Kinder Scout plateau. We walk the plateau’s northern escarpment, along Blackden Edge, Seal Edge and Fairbrook Naze –  it’s high level cruising at over 600m/2000ft with far reaching views.  Dropping down onto moorland and the source of the River Ashop, we follow the broadening stream as it tumbles into Ashop Clough.  The Clough deepens through woodland along the ‘Snake Path’ until we cross the main road and take a winding path which contours through woods and fields above the valley below. Passing Oyster Clough and Cowms Moor we meet the Rivers Ashop and Alport at their confluence.  Here, we strike north up Alport Dale, climbing high onto the edges above Alport Castles – there are extensive limestone rock formations, from which we begin our descent.  We take a high moorland track which gradually descends, steepening through woodland above the shores of Ladybower Reservoir as we reach our finishing point back at Fairholmes.

Additional information

The Walk

On this walk we climb from Fairholmes Visitor Centre, quickly losing the crowds as we cross the River Ashop and head high onto the eastern end of Kinder Scout plateau. We walk the plateau's northern escarpment, along Blackden Edge, Seal Edge and Fairbrook Naze – it's high level cruising at over 600m/2000ft with far reaching views. Dropping down onto moorland and the source of the River Ashop, we follow the broadening stream as it tumbles into Ashop Clough. The Clough deepens through woodland along the 'Snake Path' until we cross the main road and take a winding path which contours through woods and fields above the valley below. Passing Oyster Clough and Cowms Moor we meet the Rivers Ashop and Alport at their confluence. Here, we strike north up Alport Dale, climbing high onto the edges above Alport Castles – there are extraordinary limestone formations, from which we begin our descent. We take a high moorland track which gradually descends, steepening through woodland above the shores of Ladybower Reservoir as we reach our finishing point back at Fairholmes.

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

Hathersage is 15 minutes minutes drive and has cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, shops, a fuel station, train station and accommodation.

See map here.

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.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.