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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

Derbyshire


Slow Ways linking Upper Derwent Visitor Centre and Edale, Glossop, Hathersage, Langsett, Sheffield, Stocksbridge

England / Derbyshire / Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

Upper Derwent Visitor Centre’s six Slow Ways are 46% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 4/6
verified: 1/6
and surveyed: 0/6

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Edale—Upper Derwent Visitor Centre
Edaupp one

Review me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 339m Descent 370m
Edale—Upper Derwent Visitor Centre
Edaupp two Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Glossop—Upper Derwent Visitor Centre
Gloupp one Pioneer me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 764m Descent 712m
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Hathersage
Upphat one

Review me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 267m Descent 321m
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Hathersage
Upphat two Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Hathersage
Upphat three Survey me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Langsett
Upplan one Pioneer me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent 398m Descent 439m
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield
Uppshe one

Double check Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 561m Descent 714m
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield
Uppshe two

Double check Distance 23km/14mi Ascent 860m Descent 1,012m
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield
Uppshe three Verify me Distance 25km/15mi Ascent 1,009m Descent 1,161m
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield
Uppshe four Review me Distance 30km/19mi Ascent - Descent -
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Stocksbridge
Uppsto one Pioneer me Distance 22km/13mi Ascent 764m Descent 815m
Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Stocksbridge
Uppsto two Review me Distance 20km/12mi Ascent - Descent -

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50% of Upper Derwent Visitor Centre’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

9/13

reviewed

3/13

surveyed

1/13

verified

9 people have contributed to Upper Derwent Visitor Centre’s Slow Ways

9 people have pledged to walk and review a route

3 people have surveyed a route in Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

165km out of 237km have been walked and reviewed

275km of reviews have been shared in Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

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Allow enough time to get to the edge of Sheffield, which for me took 5 hours, so you aren't caught in the dark. Dogs may not be allowed on Stanage Edge at times because of nesting birds near the path. The weather there can be be brutal, with Stanage Edge particularly being very exposed. At the top, it's across grassy, heather moors to a swampy track approaching Moscar Cross before going down to the path along Stanage edge which is mostly rocky. The path turns wet, grassy and muddy again, except for the paved sections, as you skirt Redmires Reservoirs but improves once you leave it, passing beside and through woodlands on the outskirts of Sheffield. Pay attention to where you leave Stanage Edge and take the path to Stanage Pole and Redmires. The route after turning off The Conduit towards the Sportsman pub just passes between some football fields with no path once you've turned. Just before the path rejoins the road, theres an almost 180 degree turn that goes a little way downhill in almost the reverse direction and a minute or so later, you zig (or zag) again to go down to Manchester road. If you're prepared to carry on a bit further along Stanage Edge, beyond the Stanage Pole turnoff, there is Robin Hood's Cave, though it's unlikely Robin ever used it. Stanage Edge is also the place Keira Knightly stood on the cliff top for a famous scene in Pride And Prejudice. There are temporary path closures on the Stanage Pole to Redmires section until the end of March 2024 for tree felling. Therefore, go down Clough Fields but take the public footpath on the left about half way along - you can see it on a map - and follow that path to join another path that climbs up from Back Lane. Follow the joined path up into the stable yard, to resume the route. From the old Lodge Moor hospital there is the 51 to Sheffield, from Crookes shops there is the 52, and from Glossop Road onwards there are a number of services, although you're near the end by then....

PeteS

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From the Fairholmes visitor centre, we cross the car park lane and take the path straight on to join Derwent Lane as it heads right below the impressive Derwent Dam. The field path starts with a stile, and leads us under the railway to Hope Road, where we cross and use the bridge opposite, then take the signposted path left. At Leadmill Bridge we turn left and cross the Derwent, then take the path left that is constrained between fences and straighter than the right of way line, then another unmarked but well trodden path takes us across the field back to the road....

Hugh Hudson

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From Edale station we go up a short distance on the road to the village then take the field path right, which has a stile and a squeeze stile early on. The path takes a sharp right turn, and the side path left could easily be missed as it is unsignposted and a little indistinct at first, so watch your navigation closely. Here I ignored warnings that the bridlepath was "closed on weekdays", and was able to pass the outdoor centre and reach the permissive path easily without any sign of forestry work....

Hugh Hudson

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It's easy going along a metalled but almost traffic free road to the site of Derwent village. Approaching the road there is an option to avoid some road by staying on the bridleway which also allows a visit to the Ladybower Inn although this path is rugged so less suited for wheels. The gentle descent starts along a quiet road then take the Thornhill Trail which uses the course of the temporary railway built to supply materials for the construction of the upper dams. Still easy to follow around the field edge then under the railway to the road where a direct but unassisted crossing is required....

Ken

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While the plot follows the definitive paths which should be available they are not, so some interpretation is required. Back on track having used a track I entered the golf course and all looked well with waymarking in line with the plot alongside the stone barn. Again I relied too much on the plot along the Definitive line and failed to spot the permissive waymarked route. The roadside pavement continues with a short detour passing through Heatherdene car park where there is a loo and useful water supply for a hot day. I had never used the permissive path along the west side of the reservoir which I found most enjoyable being far enough away from the road to be peaceful and the shade of the trees was appreciated on the hot September day. The approach to Fairholmes follows the water rather than the road....

Ken

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mostly flat and easy follow with outstanding views....

Tim Ryan

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Hathersage

Tim Ryan added Upphat three, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Hathersage

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Hathersage

Tim Ryan added Upphat two, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Hathersage

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It's a steep climb and at times has steps along the narrow path, signs state no cycles and I didn't meet any but riders do appear to treat any path as open to bikes. I'm soon at Lockerbrook Outdoor Centre where notices make clear where permissive paths are not. It's downhill from here along a track used by traffic to the centre so although it's subject to the closure it is open. I guess the closure was really the wooded section further north. At a crossing of paths I continue downwards and after passing another Outdoor centre at Hagg Farm the Snake Pass road is crossed, no issues using eyes and ears to reach the path opposite....

Ken

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A notice at the start of the walk records a public path closure with as usual 'No alternative route'. It's a steep climb and at times has steps along the narrow path, signs state no cycles and I didn't meet any but riders do appear to treat any path as open to bikes. The permissive path meets the closed bridleway further north than plotted and here there is the distant sound of forestry work, the reason for the closure, but turning south I have open fields to one side and I'm soon at Lockerbrook Outdoor Centre where notices make clear the plotted route is not a path. It's downhill from here along a track used by traffic to the centre so although it's subject to the closure it is open. It's now another climb to a point just north of Hope Cross then dropping again along a peaceful bridleway to Jaggers Clough, a ford here may offer a challenge after heavy rain....

Ken

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Edale—Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

Ken added Edaupp two, a new walk from Edale to Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

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A bright sunny day, with great visibility and so navigation was straight forward....

Tim Ryan

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Stocksbridge

Tim Ryan added Uppsto two, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Stocksbridge

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An excellent walk, outstanding scenery and a nice safe route....

Tim Ryan

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield

Andy Hobson added Uppshe four, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Sheffield

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Good route with nice views and varied terrain. Thorpe farm somewhat tricky to navigate....

Eddie Jones

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As the previous reviewer mentions, going along Thornhill Trail to the Quaker house might be an improvement....

Neil Stabbs

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Relatively easy to follow throughout, although worth noting that the route plotted through the woods from Lockerbrook (the last mile or so) has changed slightly and some of the paths have been rerouted....

Neil Stabbs

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There is a long stretch of road waling on this road, it is only a B road but, the cars do come past at speed on the road and there are no footpaths. There are alternative routes that can be used, they are slightly longer but, you wouldn't spend as much time on the road....

Andy Hobson

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

Kathy B surveyed Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

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The first section of the route comes down the west side of Ladybower reservoir: it's true that there's a walking path between the road and the reservoir most of the way, but the alternative is to come down the walking and cycling trail on the east side of the reservoir, avoiding vehicle traffic entirely....

Alistair Griggs

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Nice walk especially as you leave Sheffield and head into the Peak District, variety of terrain and paths wildlife can include Lapwings and Common Lizards. Some very narrow stiles that would be difficult for wheels also a small section on the busy A57 which is unfortunate....

paudepaul

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield

paudepaul added Uppshe two, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Sheffield

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield

paudepaul added Uppshe three, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Sheffield

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Additional detours on the route include a number of footpaths that descend into the Rivelin Valley that would give you the option to walk along the River Rivelin on well maintained paths. The first opportunity is near Fox Hagg, leading through the Water Treatment Works onto Manchester Road, however this includes a section of stepping stones which flood after heavy rain....

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

Jane Ferretti surveyed Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

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Edale—Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

Slow Ways added Edaupp one, a new walk from Edale to Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

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Glossop—Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

Slow Ways added Gloupp one, a new walk from Glossop to Upper Derwent Visitor Centre

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Hathersage

Slow Ways added Upphat one, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Hathersage

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Langsett

Slow Ways added Upplan one, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Langsett

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Sheffield

Slow Ways added Uppshe one, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Sheffield

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre—Stocksbridge

Slow Ways added Uppsto one, a new walk from Upper Derwent Visitor Centre to Stocksbridge

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre, Wed 28 February

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Upper Derwent Visitor Centre’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SK1725689369

Lat / Lon

53.40088° / -1.74193°

Easting / Northing

417,256E / 389,369N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Upper Derwent Visitor Centre's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

Official ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town

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