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Derwent Heritage Way
On Sunday (23rd August 2009) the members of the Sutton Rambling Club will be continuing their attractive series of summer rambles in the Ladybower Resrvoir / Derwent Edge area. There will be a choice of 2 walks, either fairly tough 11 miles or a less energetic 7 miles.
Both walks will start at the Fairholmes visitor centre at the head of the Ladybower Reservoir where toilets and refreshments are available. Initially the route will follow the road south alongside Ladybowe Reservoir and past Mill Brook, shortly after the brook we will branch away from the reservoir and head past Grindle Barn onto Derwent Edge.
Then (visibility permitting) we should be rewarded with spectacular views. As we move northwards we will pass several well-known rock formations-Wheel Stones, White Tor, Salt Cellar and Cakes of Bread. Upon reaching Back Tor, an immense group of rocks at the northern end of Derwent Edge, we will have our lunch break.
After lunch both parties will continue north past Lost Lad, a particularly good viewpoint, and continue to Abbey Brook where the group splits into two. The shorter route moves west in parallel with the Brook and descends to the Derwent Reservoir via Abbey Bank. The walk then is completed with a leisurely stroll along the reservoir track back to Derwent Dam and a return to Fairholmes for more refreshments. The longer route crosses Sheepfold Clough and continues onto Howden Moor heading North to Wet Stones and Howden Edge. After absorbing this superb airy viewpoint the route turns south to Row Top and then pick up the path leading down Howden Clough to the forest. There is then an easy 2.5 miles finish along the reservoir track back to Derwent Dam.
The coach will leave Fairholmes at 6.30 pm.
As always new members will be made most welcome and there is no need to pre-book your seat on the coach.
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