Ladybower from Bamford via High Neb

Submitted by GaryShipp on 26 June 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL1 - The Peak District
(12 votes)
A circular, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Peak District (England) starting at Bamford, Derbyshire, about 19.6km (roughly 12.2 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A varied walk of beauty - both natural and man-made.
Start: Bamford, OS Grid: SK208825
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 533m (1750ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1066m (3498ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 533m (1748ft)
Max. Elevation: 450m (1476ft)

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OS Grid: SK208825
Start of the walk
About 0.3 km (roughly 0.2 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SK210827
Leave the steepen road via a footpath on your right.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SK223833
There are quite a maze of path junctions in the area, ultimately you are heading for the obvious high point to your north and a combination of path and road will take you there.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SK227853
Stop, turn around, and take it in.
About 2.5 km (roughly 1.6 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SK231878
On reaching the tarmac, turn left along the road and then right up a track after 500m or so.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SK215879
Head up the hill in a westerly direction, crossing the stream and continuing to gain height.
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SK203880
As the view of the reservoir opens out, head straight on towards the northern edge of the plantation.
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SK192883
Skirt this on the northern side and continue to follow the path towards the water.
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SK186883
At the bottom of the path, turn right along the road.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SK194864
Walk along the road for just about 1km, or take the track to the north towards the Ladybower Inn for a short excursion towards refreshments.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 10 OS Grid: SK202862
Cross the water here.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 11 OS Grid: SK199854
Ladybower was built between 1935 and 1943 and took a further two years to fill. The Dam differs from its two close relatives of Derwent and Howden Reservoirs as it is a clay cored earth embankment, and not a solid masonry dam, as the others. It does have an amazing plug hole though . . .
About 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 12 OS Grid: SK197850
Take this waymarked path towards Thornhill village.
About 1.5 km (roughly 1 miles) from 13 OS Grid: SK199834
Continue through the hamlet on the waymarked path leading towards Bamford.
About 0.6 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 14 OS Grid: SK201829
At the lane, turn left and walk along the road, crossing the river and then turning right back to the station.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 15 OS Grid: SK207825
The end of the walk.
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