Upper Derwent Valley - Chesterfield Cycle Campaign

Upper Derwent Valley - Chesterfield Cycle Campaign

welcome to the Upper Derwent Valley The valley and its surrounding moorland contains a wealth of places to explore and enjoy. From the majestic reser...

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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

Biodiversity pole

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

at Birchinlee.

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

The White-faced Woodland

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

this area.

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

conservation. Careful

‘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

(limited opening).

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

uncommon species

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 -

working in

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

local signing.

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.


Bleaklow Stones

Ronksley Moor

Cut Gate



Grinah Stones Margery Hill

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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King’s Tree

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Howden Moor

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Howden Dam

other souvenirs are also available.

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Cycle Hire


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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Birchen Clough

Alport Castles

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.

Guided walks




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Snake Inn Ashop Clough


Back Tor

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

Mill Brook



company of a knowledgeable guide.








bought from the Fishery Office next to Heatherdene Car Park.


Hope Cross

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.

Ladybower Inn

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.

Yorkshire orkshire P.H. Bridge P.H.

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