Derwent Edge and Abbey Brook, Peak District Bearded Vulture Watch
ADDED INTEREST: This is the area where the bearded vulture can be seen in flight. No guarantees but I did see it overhead on my first attempt so it is definitley a possibility.
A walk from Derwent reservoir up onto Derwent Edge with its extensive views and fascinating range of gritsone tors. The walk descends via the viewpoint at Lost Lad to Abbey Brook, a partially forested, steep-sided valley reminiscent of the Scottish islands.
The walk is varied, starting off along the edge of the reservoir famous for its connection to the Dam Busters, it then heads uphill to reach the gritstone edge above. There are many groups of evocatively named outcrops to marvel at – the Cakes of Bread, Salt Cellar, Wheel Stones… There are also 360 degree views across the surrounding landscape of hills and moors.
The walk then diverges away from the most popular route to take in the stunning Abbey Brook valley. There is a definite change of feel to the walk at this point as we follow the quiet, steep-sided valley, as it cuts down through moorland.
Grade: Moderate. The walk is 10 miles long with 600m of ascent. A reasonable level of fitness is required. There is a long, gradual ascent to reach the edge and another steeper ascent and descent towards the end of the walk which can be avoided if necessary.