How to get there?
The best way to Ladybower Reservoir/Fairholmes is via your own transport. You can catch a train to nearby Bamford but this is still a distance from Fairholmes.
Important – In winter, Snake Pass (A57) which is the north route to Ladybower Reservoir is closed in snowy conditions.
Where to park?
The main car park is at Fairholmes visitor centre, where there is a large car park that covers two levels. In addition, there’s another car park about halfway down the road, much smaller but good if you’re starting your walk further up the road, for example, the Alport Castles walk. There is another free car parking area – Overlook car park next to the road on your way into the car park, but these fill up quickly during peak times.
Parking address – Fairholmes car park, Upper Derwent Visitor Centre, Hope Valley, S33 0AQ
Parking cost for both car parks*
(Change is required for parking)
Up to 1 hour £1.50
1-2 hours £2.50
2-4 hours £4.00
All day £4.75
*Correct at time of writing
There are toilet facilities at Fairholmes Visitor Centre.
Where to eat and drink?
There is a small cafe that does snacks and takeaway food at Fairholmes Visitor Centre and on your way home there are a couple of pubs that are lovely near Ladybower Reservoir:
The above two pubs are also hotels and you can check availability and prices via Booking.com – Ladybower Inn or Yorkshire Bridge Inn
Other Booking.com options near Ladybower Reservoir in the Bamford area:
Or alternatively, there are a couple of Airbnb options:
Check out all the Airbnb accommodation options in the Peak District here.