A stunning walk from Ladybower Reservoir to Alport Castles, a beautiful area in the Peak District. We will set off from Ladybower Reservoir in the morning beginning first alongside the reservoir before heading up through woodlands for views of the Upper Derwent Valley.
We’ll navigate to the fascinating location known as Alport Castles (not an actual castle), where you can see historic remnants of a huge landslide. From there, we will enjoy views down the valley before heading down to the River Alport then looping back through woodlands to the start
This is a ‘Guided Walk’ with an introduction to map reading. It will not be a full day of map skills but the aim is to get you started on your map reading and compass skills journey. During the walk, we will spend between 1-2 hours, spread out throughout the day discussing the following topics.
These are the key learnings you will take away from the day regarding the map skills.
- Understanding the basics of your map.
- How to estimate and work out approx time and distance.
- Why and when do you need to use a compass.
- Getting from A – B: Choosing a basic navigational strategy.
- What to do if you get lost.
The pace of the walk will allow time for plenty of photo stops, it won’t be a time trial from start to finish but a day you can spend outside walking and enjoy the scenery and company of the group. We will also point out different flora and fauna (Bell Heather, Star Moss or Pixie-Cup Lichen) on the route, as well as looking out for wildlife and birds (Skylarks, Meadow Pipits or Red Grouse).
There is car parking available for this walk; however limited public transport options (nearest train station in Bamford). Please get in touch with any queries before booking.
Meeting location: Ladybower Reservoir, near Bamford, Derbyshire (exact meeting point confirmed in email)
Meeting time: Morning (will be confirmed in email)
Group size: 6-10 people
*Important – You’ll need to be able to walk for 6-7 hours on uneven and rocky terrain and comfortable with ascent and descent. A good level of fitness is required. You will also need suitable footwear and clothing for the walk. Please ask if unsure before booking. If our qualified Mountain Leader feels you’re unequipped or unable to complete the full hike we may need to decline and refund your booking. (Exceptional circumstances only.)
Read our guide on what to pack for a day hike here.
Once you have booked your guided walk, you’ll receive a standard confirmation email, followed by a second email with all the walk information.