Alport Castles walk is a great route from Ladybower Reservoir, with a mix of beautiful views, streams and woodlands.
There are many walking routes heading in the other direction, taking you around Ladybower Reservoir and Derwent Dam so this walk to Alport Castles is a quieter option.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk near Ladybower Reservoir, route information, facilities on the walk, plus a step by step guide of the walk.
I would always recommend that you take a paper map with you on the walk, details below on which map you need for this walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!
Alport Castles walk from Fairholmes car park
Alport Castles walk mapClick for OS online route here
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 17315 89330
Car parking address: Fairholmes car park, Upper Derwent Visitor Centre, Hope Valley, S33 0AQ
There are two levels to this car park but the cafe near the toilets is the best place if you’re meeting people.
Change required for parking
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 2 hours £2.50
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £4.75
Nearest train station: Bamford train station (6 mile/10 km)
There is a bus that you can catch from near Bamford station, the 273, that stops near Fairholmes car park
Facilities on the walk
There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Fairholmes car park.
However, there are no other toilets on the rest of the walk.
Other useful information
Some parts of the trail leading to and from Ladybower Reservoir are often used by mountain bikers so watch out for them on your walk.
The route is signposted in places but I would always recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Bamford
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Win Hill (nearest hill to Alport Castles)
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area)
You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, there are options to buy either standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.
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Alport Castles walk route
Stage 1 – Fairholmes car park to Woodcock Coppice
Distance: 2.1 miles/3.5 km
Grid reference SK 17304 89338
From Fairholmes car park, head up away from the reservoir to the road. Turn left and follow the road parallel to Ladybower Reservoir.
Continue until you reach a car park on the right-hand-side of the road, where a track heads upwards through the trees.
Follow the track to the top where you go through a gate on your right and follow the footpath along until the paths join at a junction near Woodcock Coppice.
Stage 2 – Woodcock Coppice to Alport Castles
Distance: 2.1 mile/3.5 km
Grid reference SK 16364 89041
At Woodcock Coppice take the path heading uphill which leads you on to the edge. There is a lower path you can take on a windy day but the path up to the edge is not well-trodden and requires a steep climb.
Follow the edge which turns into flagstones all the way to the edge of Alport Castles. For the best views, it’s great to walk along to the end of Alport Castles before then doubling back along the path.
Stage 3 – Alport Castles to A57 Alport Bridge
Distance: 2.9 miles/4.7 km
Grid reference SK 14146 91565
As you leave the edge of Alport Castles, there’s an option to take a path off on your right which takes you to the bottom of Alport Castles Tower, a large rock formation.
It’s possible to scramble to the top; however, there is no direct route you’ll need to find the safest way for you. I wouldn’t recommend climbing up in windy conditions.
From the Alport Castles Tower, again you retrace the route back, then follow the footpath round to the right heading downhill.
Walk all the way down to a footbridge over the River Alport, cross here and turn right following the path round in a loop around Alport Farm, then continuing alongside the River Alport on your left.
Follow the footpath for about 1.5 km, as you nearly reach the A57 look for the less obvious footpath on your left which takes you down to the road.
Stage 4 – A57 Alport Bridge to Woodcock Coppice
Distance: 2.2 miles/3.6 km
Grid reference SK 14122 89569
Cross the A57 then head down the path where you can cross via a shallow (in summer) ford or alternatively, use the bridge to your right.
Take the footpath, which turns into a road down towards Rowlee Bridge, just before taking the path on the right, which takes you through trees.
At Haggwater Bridge, go across then start to make your way uphill to the road.
Cross the road and follow the track all the way to the top, which brings you out at Woodcock Coppice.
Stage 5 – Woodcock Coppice to Fairholmes car park
Distance: 1.8 mile/3 km
Grid reference SK 16374 89025
This is the point you reached at the beginning of the walk, instead of following the path on the right back to Fairholmes, continue straight ahead towards Lockerbrook Outdoor Centre.
From here follow the trails back through the woods until it reaches the road near Derwent Dam. Turn right here and follow the path back to Fairholmes car park.
Do you have any more questions about the Alport Castles walk? Ask me in the comments below.
Options to shorten this walk
Shorten the walk
The simplest way to shorten the Alport Castles route is by returning back along the edge to Woodcock Coppice instead of descending to Alport Castles Farm.
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