Derwent reservoir – a walk in the woods in the Peak District

Hello! As you can see from my previous hikes, such as Curbar Edge or Dove Dale, the Peak District has a huge variety of landscapes. This time I’m taking you to a forest setting, with a 2 hours walk near Derwent Resevoir.

How to get to Derwent Reservoir?

The easiest way is to park at the Fairholmes Visitor Centre. Parking is not free, but you’ll find a coffee shop, toilets, and last but not least a gift shop! Most importantly, from Fairholmes car park you can start 3 different hikes. As I needed some exercise, I decided to follow Lockerbrook path (the green lane on the picture below).


What to do at Derwent Reservoir?

This walk takes place mainly in the forest, so I let you imagine an amazing woody smell all the way! However, in the middle of the walk, you’ll leave the woods to discover a superb view of the valley. I was lucky the day I went to Derwent Reservoir, as the sky was partially clear, but also cloudy. Just so I could enjoy an even more breathtaking panorama with beautiful natural lights! At the end of the hike, don’t go straight back to the car park but keep walking to see the dam and the reservoir.

For the record: the construction of the dam began in 1902, and about 1000 people helped building it. Hopefully you’ll have enough strengths remaining to climb to the top and admire the view of the building reflected in the water. It’s also worth to go to the bottom of the Derwent dam to realise how massive it is and imagine the amount of work needed to build it.

So what do you think of this walk? Do you like this kind of place?

Boujou (the Norman way to say XOXO)


Difficulty: easy

Walk: approx. 2 hours

Parking: have to pay

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