Derwent Dam
Derwent Dam
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  • Susan W
    531 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historic site
    We parked on the road for free just a little way up from the visitor centre, We walked along the bottom of the dam and up the west side. There are steps with a handrail but its not suitable for people with mobility difficulties wheelchairs or pushchairs, but once at the top its flat. Its really pretty woodland and the view of the towers of the dam and water is beautiful. We walked along and were able to get down to the waters edge but its much prettier to stay on the path and wasn't really worth the effort of the climb down.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • akghosal
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area in the northern Peak District
    Used to visit the Upper Derwent Valley quite frequently as a kid when I lived in Sheffield and even though I don't live there now, I still sometimes go there when I am free. Such a beautiful area in the valley of the River Derwent in the northern Peak District and it spans across three Reservoirs/Dams: Ladybower, Derwent & Howden and is surrounded by woods, smaller rivers, moor-covered hills & gritstone cliffs (which at times do look like mountains). Although its beautiful at all times of the year, in my opinion, it does look even prettier during sunny weather and there is a walking/cycling trail which runs from the visitor centre and encircles Derwent & Howden Reservoirs and also runs south along the eastern side of Ladybower Reservoir. The Dams (especially Derwent & Howden Dams) are such impressive & historic structures and they further add to the beauty of the area. The trail is mostly level along the reservoir sides and near the visitor centre although there are some steep bits, especially near the dams, while parts of it can be uneven & stony (though I must admit, compared to when I cycled there in 2017 when the northern bits past Howden Reservoir were extremely rocky & uneven, its much smoother now) and it does make for a scenic walk/cycle for the most part. The visitor centre has an outdoor cafe, a shop and some toilets and it is this place where most parking is found (parking for the most part is cheap although a bit more if you get an all day ticket). My only minor issue with this place is that on busier days, it can be difficult to find parking but apart from that, I really love visiting this beautiful place sometimes and I hope to carry on visiting the Upper Derwent Valley in the coming years.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Amy
    Sheffield, United Kingdom346 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    Great place to go for a walk. Lots of lovely views and can walk as much or as little as you want. Sometimes tricky to park at busy times but we like to visit in the evening when quieter and can see the sunset.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Peter D
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't buy the £4 leaflet
    Lovely place. Don't bother buying the £4 leaflet entitled "dam builders to dam busters" Very little substance for £4 and you can Google much more for free. Actually a very lazy effort from Severn Trent
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • pab
    Peak District National Park, United Kingdom260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Derwent Dam
    Wonderful walk and so peaceful as hardly saw anybody else. The dam with water pouring down was very impressive. We did a circular walk of around 5 miles which was half of the Peak District.org recommended walk ( You can come down from the peak at the half way point back to the dam) If you are going to the peaks this is a must do
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 26, 2024
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kensmoon
Lincoln, UK1,017 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We were lucky enough to get a space at Fairholmes Visitor Centre, which has toilets, a cafe, bike hire centre, information centre and a few benches and picnic tables which were being well used. There are different walking routes for various abilities and preferences. We chose the black route which although short involved a fairly steep climb which was challenging enough in the hot sunshine. There are information panels which tell the very interesting story of the construction of the dam.
Written July 30, 2021
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK1,740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Cycled the 3 reservoirs trail, starting & finishing at Fairholmes car park. Rode clockwise round the Derwent, Howden & Ladybower reservoirs ending back at Fairholmes for a total distance of 15.5 miles.

Track varies; you are on tarmacked road up to the ‘King’s Tree’, then on gravel up to the old Derwent pack horse bridge at Slippery Stones, then there is the roughest section on the turn south back down to Howden Dam. For this section alone, this route is probably best done on an MTB bike with wide off road tyres. I managed it on a hybrid with road tyres but don’t do this unless you are an experienced rider.

The track improves again after Derwent Dam & is road again through the higher parts of the drowned Derwent Village that still remain (Derwent Lane) then it changes to a easily rideable compact gravel/hard surface once again down to Ashopton Viaduct (A57). You ride across this on a very wide pavement, then turn right & follow the road back up to Fairholmes.

Decent ride when you get the views of the reservoirs & the dams from between the trees. The ride does involve some ups & downs though there is the option to cut the ride short, cutting across the south of the Derwent Dam from Millbrook if you don’t want to cycle around the northern section of the Ladybower reservoir ;)
Written September 5, 2021
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Marta N
Stevenage, UK424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
I highly recommend visiting if someone is in the area, our trip started from the Visitor center, you can choose three different routes, depending on who has how much time. The green route is about 2 hours, black over an hour and red about 40 minutes. We chose the red route. Very pleasant journey, beautiful landscapes. The dogs were very happy. Breathtaking views.
Written August 17, 2021
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Booboo4321
Leeds, UK145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
The walk around the dam is 4 hours to walk it. I walked it all with no stops from the cafe round & back to the cafe, my feet were sore after because I didn't wear the most comfortable shoes. There is inclines and declines & if it has been raining you will get wet/muddy shoes. I haven't cycled here but can imagine it is a lot of fun, the paths are excellent to cycle on & you can hire bikes in the summer season from the Cafe. It was very peaceful midweek to walk around & beautiful. There is a toilet at the cafe with refreshments.
Written November 16, 2021
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Sarah G
Folkestone, UK327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
Stunning place for a lovely walk or a bike ride. Car parking all day £5 the cash machines take coins, but visitor centre will take card. There are a number of coloured routes. I started off on the red route which takes you on a circular walk to Derwent Dam. I then did part of the yellow route which took me up to Howden Dam. The views were breathtaking. Would come back again and do the full yellow route approx 10miles
Written September 26, 2020
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Peter D
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely place.
Don't bother buying the £4 leaflet entitled "dam builders to dam busters"
Very little substance for £4 and you can Google much more for free.
Actually a very lazy effort from Severn Trent
Written September 13, 2023
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Paul B
Chesterfield, UK1,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
An iconic structure with a rich history, not least the story of the Dambusters. The scenery is magnificent. Good snacks available at the car park cafe. Plenty of paid and free car parking. You feel you are in another world when walking in the quiet woods
Written September 6, 2021
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Jai G
England, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Free parking along the road leading up, also at the dam itself if room, limited space. there is parking at base of Dam which is a pay parking,and a gift shop and coffe and food outlet. The Dam itself is awesome and a amazing place to visit.
Written February 11, 2020
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Two Smiths
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Well this was an unexpected pleasure!
We drove over Snake Pass in glorious sunshine and on a whim decided to turn off and take a drive up and see the reservoir and dam. Two hours later we were still mooching about the tracks and meeting lots of lovely people also out for a mooch in the sunshine.
Written April 5, 2023
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Dembot
Cambridge, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Amazing place, we only walked half way round but next time we visit we will definitely go round it fully. We visited in early October 2020 and it was fairly wet but did not put us off, well worth the visit. We managed to see Howden, Derwent and LadyBower by stopping off by car. Great photo opportunity, beautiful views.
Written October 10, 2020
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