welcome to the
Upper Derwent Valley The valley and its surrounding moorland contains a wealth of places to explore and enjoy. From the majestic reservoirs, quiet forests to the wild open moorland there is something for everyone.
A working landscape
These moors are recognised
The reservoirs of Derwent and
Not everyone in the valley is
blanket bogs and associated
Howden were built nearly 100
a visitor. There are hill farms
breeding birds such as the
years ago to supply the cities of
scattered about the area.
golden plover and merlin.
Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. Over 1000 people were involved in
internationally for their important
Farming has been a key influence since prehistory and continues today. Traditional techniques
building them and were
such as hay meadow
housed in the
management help preserve the
The carvings on the pole at
temporary ‘Tin Town’
landscape and its biodiversity.
Fairholmes depict the rich variety
These are supported by
of natural wildlife found in the
European initiatives such as
Upper Derwent. How many
Environmentally Sensitive Areas.
different species can you see?
Ladybower was completed in 1945 to supply
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an ever increasing demand. This
sheep – the largest of the hardy
resulted in the flooding of the
hill breeds are associated with
villages of Derwent and
Ashopton – when water levels
Dambusters During the second world war the
Man’s influence over the last 8000
are low you may get a glimpse
The Woodlands are managed
dams of Howden and Derwent
years has left a rich cultural heritage.
of the village remains.
for timber, recreation and
were used for training by the 617
‘Dambusters’ squadron. This was
management away from a pure
because of their similarity to the
conifer crop to a more mixed
Möhne and Eder Dams in the
woodland has enhanced their
industrial heart of Germany. There
With the combination of water,
value for both wildlife and
is a memorial and museum at the
woodlands and high moorland,
landscape. This is a sustainable
West Tower of Derwent Dam
the Upper Derwent has
source of timber that may one
From ancient pre-historic settlements on the moors to the industrial heritage of the reservoirs there are lots of stories to discover.
A living landscape
become a unique place for wildlife. Go quietly and you may see some of
day find its way into your homes. Climbing above the farms and forest you reach the high
the shy and
moorland. This may appear to be
wilderness but has been created
such as the sandpiper,
through centuries of management
goshawk or mountain
for hunting and grazing. The
hare. Much time is spent
grouse moors are carefully
conserving these creatures and improving habitats.
managed to maintain a patchwork of differently aged heather.
exploring the valley Even if there are crowds around the car parks, you will be able to find your own quiet spot if you are prepared to look for it. There are many ways to explore the valley.
In the saddle There is a wide range of easy going and more challenging routes for cyclists and horse riders in the area. Please remember that riding is only permitted on bridleways – not on footpaths or on the open moorland. Cycles for adults, children and people with disabilities can be hired from the cycle hire centre at Fairholmes.
On foot The Upper Derwent has footpaths for everyone – from easy waterside strolls to strenuous hill walks. Follow some of the waymarked paths to explore the valley. The high moorland is Open Access, offering many challenging routes but they are not for the unprepared.
Please ensure you have a map, compass (and the knowledge to use them), suitable footwear and clothing to allow for the changing weather. Walking and cycling guides, maps and advice can be found in the Information Centre.
Waymarked walks There are several selfguided circular trails starting from the visitor centre at Fairholmes. Colour banded waymark posts mark the routes. All routes start from the far corner of the lower car park. • Red route – a gentle stroll through the forest and returning past Derwent Dam wall. • Black route – a moderate stroll up to the edge of the moorland with wonderful views across the valley to the Derwent moors. • Green route – A slightly longer route taking in forest, views across to Kinder Scout and returning along the reservoir side.
1.5km (40mins) 3km (1-11/2 hrs) 4.5km (2-3 hrs)
the Upper Derwent
help to keep it
Disturbance to wildlife and sheep is a major problem -
please keep your dog on a lead!
This area is vulnerable to fire – take special care to avoid starting fires! Take your litter home, leave gates as you find them, protect
discover & enjoy
wildlife, plants and trees! Keep to footpaths and don’t climb over walls. Don’t pollute reservoirs and streams!
Over 2 million people visit the Upper Derwent each year.
Beware of forest operations and timber lorries - look out for
This means the valley needs to be carefully looked after if it
is to remain as attractive as it is now. Since 1980 the valley has been managed by a unique and award- winning partnership, which represents the range of local interests.
Traffic management and car parking
The Upper Derwent Partnership works with local farmers,
To help protect and enjoy the valley there is a traffic management
residents and visitors to:
scheme in operation. Please park only in designated car parks and
• conserve and improve the valley’s natural and cultural heritage
lay-bys, or better still leave the car at home next time you visit and use public transport. Bus and train links are available from
• provide better facilities for visitors
surrounding villages, towns and cities.
• support the needs of the local community
The road north of Fairholmes is closed to
• improve public transport and manage the traffic in the valley
motor vehicles at certain times to provide a traffic free area for walkers and cyclists (Disabled Badge holders exempt) – please
You are an important part of the Upper Derwent Partnership.
observe local signing. A minibus service
Please help by following the advice in this leaflet. We hope
operates when the road is closed.
you enjoy your visit and have a safe journey home.
Like to do more?
websites: www.stwater.co.uk www.peakdistrict.org www.nationaltrust.org.uk www.forestry.gov.uk
The Peak National Park Ranger Service and Severn Trent Water provide a team of rangers to help care for the valley and make your visit more enjoyable. Volunteer and part time rangers play a vital role in caring for this area. If you would like to find out more ask in the Ranger Office or contact 01629 816290. The National Trust provides opportunities for practical voluntary conservation work - for more details contact the High Peak Estate office 01433 670368.
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The Upper Derwent Information Centre
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Come and discover fascinating facts about the Upper Derwent through the informative, interactive displays. The information assistants are able to provide help, information and advice to aid your visit. A variety of maps, books, postcards and
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other souvenirs are also available.
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A range of bikes for all the family can be hired. The centre has bikes suitable for all abilities and needs, including disabled.
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There are toilets for all at Fairholmes and Heatherdene carparks
Dams and Dambusters Museum,
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This interesting display is open in the West Tower of Derwent Dam, most Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year.
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There is a full programme of guided walks and other events throughout the year. Join a local Ranger and discover the secrets and beauty of the Valley and the surrounding moorland in the
company of a knowledgeable guide.
bought from the Fishery Office next to Heatherdene Car Park.
Trout fishing is available on Ladybower reservoir. Permits can be
Planning events in the Upper Derwent. All organised events in the Upper Derwent require permission.
Please discuss your plans with the Rangers or contact the
Ladybower Fishery Office LadybowerDam
National Park Ranger Service on 01629 816200
Information For more information about the area, including events, guided walks etc.
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Upper Derwent Information Centre 01433 650953 Ranger’s Office 01433 659986 Upper Derwent Cycle Hire 01433 651261 Bamford
National Trust – High Peak Estate Office 01433 670368 Fisheries Office 01433 651254 Travel-line (all public transport enquiries) 0870 6082608