The Perfect Autumn Walk (according to the experts)


The Autumn is a beautiful time to experience the Peak District, so why not take the advice of professional walk guide, Matt Dawson of Trekking Skills as to where’s the best place to go and see those wonderful autumnal colours…



As we are now teetering on the edge of Autumn, the Peak District National Park starts to develop its colours. The flora and trees start to get visibly weathered- resulting in a more rustic view of the Peaks, which is glorious!
It is a great time of year to be out and about walking; all the family can enjoy the great outdoors (and the fallen leaves, of course)!  But always remember to take waterproof and warm clothing- we all know what a temperamental time of year this is, so don’t get caught out!

The walk this month shall focus on the landscape around Ladybower reservoir. Accessible to many, with plenty of parking and facilities at Fairholmes, it’s  a popular place to start your Peak District adventure!




The circular walk starts at Ashtontop (on the eastern side of the aqueduct) and ascends in a northerly direction on well trodden marked paths to Whinstone lee tor. A point for your party to catch breath and start to admire the view of Ladybower reservoir. There are many walking paths around the top of Derwent edge as this is a popular accessible viewpoint. Heading further north the path lessens in gradient and keeping Ladybower reservoir on your lefthand side is a good navigational feature. Firstly passing Wheel stones then White tor at 486 metres of height then on to the iconic boulder of Salt Cellar.You can also seek shelter from a blustery wind if the Autumn season is in full swing!




Keeping your height and heading further along Derwent edge you pass Dovestone tor and Cakes of Bread. These rocky outcrops are well known and provide good features of interest for the walk. Once at the high point of Back tor triangulation point (trig point) of 538 metres there are numerous paths descending westwards down to the wooded area of Derwent reservoir dam. The burnt colour of the Autumn leaves will make an ideal photograph- so make sure you pack your camera. Back on flat ground again we head along the eastern side of Ladybower reservoir surrounded by wonderful Autumn trees for three kilometres back to the start of the walk at Ashopton.



An enjoyable day in the Peak District national park with plenty of nature’s autumnal tones, scenic viewpoints and accessible walking terrain to suit most adventures.

So, go on, enjoy this season as much as you can- head out and explore!


Guest blogger: Matt Dawson of Trekking Skills



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