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Derwent Edge and Lost Lad

24th February 2013

Route.  Fairholmes visitors centre - Walkers Clough - Hill End - Lost Lad - Back Tor - Derwent Edge - Ashopton - Whinstone Lee Tor - Grindle Clough - Ladybower Reservoir

( About 12 miles 2300 ft ascent)


A trip "down south" (well south from me anyway) today  for a walk with Sue, Anne and the Peak District walking group

Heading out towards the dam. It's really strange setting of on a walk when apart from a quick look at the map I have no real idea where we are going and don't know what's around the corner 


We soon started the climb up onto the moor.

View of the Derwent Reservoir from the climb

On our way up to Lost Lad

The view back down doesn't really show how steep the climb was.

From Lost Lad we crossed the moor to Back Tor. These gritstone tors are always the highlight of a Peak District walk for me as they are completely different than anything found in the Lakes

Heading along Derwent Edge. We are heading for a feature called Cakes of Bread which turned out to be more tors rather than a tea shop as we had hoped.

The Salt Cellar boulder. Apparently one of the most photographed landmarks in the Peaks.

The Wheel Stones or as they are more commonly known the "Coach and Horses" in the distance

Close up of the Coach and Horses.

View of Ladybower from the Edge.

Mossy wall

The A57 bridge at Ashopton.

We then went back up to the Edge via this steep gully.

Heading down for the final time  

The Derwent Dam

The snow has completely gone from the lane back to the visitors centre. 

Last walk -Mellbreak    Next walk - Deepdale and St.Sunday Crag