A Day Out at Derwent Dams

This is a circular day out starting at Hathersage.  We would recommend a village stroll and coffee at Colemans Deli before leaving Hathersage. From here it is a 10-15 minute drive to the Dams.

Whatever the season, Derwent Dams is a ‘must-see’ when visiting Derbyshire and the Peak District and is seen by many as the jewel in the Peak District’s crown.

After crossing the viaduct, turn right heading towards Fairholmes car park, S33 0AQ.

Wherever you look the scenery is splendid.  You will pass a small car park which has a nice viewpoint but continue along until you reach the main visitors centre, refreshments kiosk, shop/cycle hire car park and picnic area/toilets.

The cycle hire no longer hires disabled cycles as the terrain is too challenging.  However, tramper vehicles are available and with prior arrangement, it is a great place to have the Boma 7 delivered by Hoe Grange (01629 540262) to enjoy this beautiful scenery (the battery charge limit of the Boma 7 is 14-16 miles) 

The road around the dam is closed to cars but blue badge holders can enjoy driving the 8 miles to the turning and view point at King’s Tree.

This route is every photographers’s dream, with a stunning vista at every turn. Take a flask and snack and relax in your car while you admire the ‘path’ taken by the famous Dambusters. Occasionally a Lancaster bomber still flies over here and if you are lucky enough to see one it is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine……

Heading back towards Bamford, call in at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, an award winning traditional country inn set in an idyllic location.

After lunch or refreshments, you can take a stroll over the dam wall through large black iron gates, just a short distance from the inn. The far end gives stunning views up towards Bamford Edge.

On return, we recommend taking the scenic drive into Hathersage which takes in  Stannage Edge, Higgor Tor and the most incredible sunsets at the end of a perfect day (see scenic drives).