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Upper Derwent Valley Trail


Start point - Fairholmes car park, Derwent, Hope Valley, S33 0AQ


An 18-mile circuit around the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden reservoirs. The circuit can be done in part or as a whole (a high level of fitness is required to do the whole of the trail). A cycle-hire centre at Fairholmes offers disability-adapted cycles and a mobility scooter which can be booked at Fairholmes Cycle Hire.

This trail is part of 64 miles of trails accessible to disabled people and parents with buggies across the National Park.

The setting offers beautiful views of water, woodland, farmland and moorland, with a variety of birdlife. The dams are associated with wartime history – the Dambusters used them for navigation practice.

Tramper hire / mobility services

Peak Cycle Hire – Ashbourne

Rascal scooter for hire

Mapleton Lane
01335 343156

Peak Cycle Hire – Derwent

Tramper Mark 2, a Rascal scooter and an electric hand cycle for hire

Fairholmes Carpark
Hope Valley
S33 0AQ
01433 651261


Fairholmes Cycle Hire Centre
01433 651261

Accessible parking: Six disabled car park spaces at Fairholmes, plus free parking for Blue-Badge holders. The car park gets busy at weekends.

Accessible WC: Toilets are available at Fairholmes.

Grounds access: The 18-mile trail has an undulating, almost continuous hard surface – many stretches are easy-access but the north-eastern edge is quite steep. The road beyond Fairholmes is closed to traffic on summer weekends and Sundays throughout the year. Minibuses operate at these times.

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