It is a day 4 of my challenge and I decided to do a walk up to Whinstone Lee Tor and walk around the Derwent Edge this morning. The weather was nice and crispy, cold with occasional sunshine. 

Derwent Edge walk in Derbyshire

Whinstone Lee Tor

Standing at 415m Whinstone Lee Tor is the lowest point on Derwent Edge in the Peak District National Park. It offers amazing views down Ladybower Reservoir, the Derwent Valley and Win Hill beyond.

Whinstone Lee Tor in Derbyshire

The Walk

Parking on A57, just next to the Ashopton Viaduct,  I walked towards the reservoir. However, before reaching the reservoir,  I went to the right along the private road and through the remaining houses and farm at Ashopton until I could see a stile that leads to Cutthroat Bridge. Just before that there is a sign to the left towards Whinstone Lee Tor (pictured above).  I took this path through the woodland all the way up to Whinstone Lee Tor. 

Derwent Edge walk in Derbyshire

Fine Views

The views are just something else. As I have never been before I really didn’t expect such tremendous views. It is a wonderful feeling when, after climbing a hill and getting out of breath, you reach the summit with such stunning scenery. 

I met no one for the entire walk. Only a few sheep, red grouse and the usual birds. It was actually heaving with wildlife which was lovely to see and hear, maybe because there were no people. 

I then followed the path along the Derwent Edge until I reached a sign to Derwent, turning left down towards Ladybower Reservoir. Next, I followed the path until I reached a group of barns – Grindle Barn. 

Derwent Edge walk in Derbyshire

One of the barns is a shelter. Do go in and have a look at work done by children from Bamford Primary School. How wonderful. 

Grindle barn

Finally,  the path led me down through the barns until I came to the Ladybower Reservoir. Turning left I carried on until I reached my car back at Ashopton Viaduct.  

Derwent Edge in Derbyshire


Derwent Edge walk in Derbyshire


Derwent Edge in Derbyshire



This was one of the best walks  I have done on my own so far. Sometimes I like to walk on my own as it gives you time to think and relax. Such rewarding views all around are just a bonus. The weather can change rapidly up on the Edge but try to pick a nice day for the walk. You don’t want to miss the fine views due to clouds!

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