A circular, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Bamford, Derbyshire, about 20km (roughly 13 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. 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)
Start of the walk
Leave the steepen road via a footpath on your right.
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.
Stop, turn around, and take it in.
On reaching the tarmac, turn left along the road and then right up a track after 500m or so.
Head up the hill in a westerly direction, crossing the stream and continuing to gain height.
As the view of the reservoir opens out, head straight on towards the northern edge of the plantation.
Skirt this on the northern side and continue to follow the path towards the water.
At the bottom of the path, turn right along the road.
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.
Cross the water here.
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 . . .
Take this waymarked path towards Thornhill village.
Continue through the hamlet on the waymarked path leading towards Bamford.
At the lane, turn left and walk along the road, crossing the river and then turning right back to the station.
The end of the walk.