Upper Derwent Valley Traffic-Free Cycling

Upper Derwent Valley. A group of us at Fairholms in 2015
A group of us at Fairholmes in 2015

Our video “Cycling the Upper Derwent Valley Family Route” is now available on YouTube. This is a 14-mile circular route around the three reservoirs  Ladybower, Derwent and Howden all found in the Derwent Valley.

This route begins at the Fairholmes visitor center and it consists of quiet roads and traffic-free bike paths around the Valley.

In some places, the ride can be slightly challenging, with some undulating terrain, and a few patches of rough suffice to navigate over. The surfaces you will ride on could be loose rocks, road or even packed earth.

However, the scenery and wildlife can make the effort of getting around all worthwhile.

The Ladybower Reservoir is famous for drowning the villages of Ashopton and Derwent during its construction.  The Upper Derwent Valley was also used for the training of the 617 Squadron when they were practicing their low-level flights needed for the dam buster raids.

Watch the Derwent valley Cycling video and please feel free to like & share. If you have any questions or suggestions please respond below or use the comments section on YouTube.

Enjoy the video and if you ever get the opportunity to ride it, enjoy the cycle route.

If you would like to see some more of our video content please visit our YouTube channel Here

Until next time, stay safe on those trails.


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