This valley close to Sheffield is extremely popular with visitors who come to enjoy the attractive mix of water and woodland within the surrounding moorland. The road winds up the left flank of Ladybower, Derwent and Howden Reservoirs for nearly 8 miles to a turnaround at King’s Tree.
On Sundays throughout the year, and Saturdays and Bank Holidays from Easter until the end of October, the road beyond Fairholmes is closed to motor vehicles to provide a more relaxing environment for walkers and cyclists. Blue badge holders may continue to drive up the valley respecting other road users.
Due to its popularity and the limited parking available, a roundabout has been constructed near the entrance to the valley together with a sign indicating when full parking capacity has been reached. At peak times in the summer it may not be possible to park.
Derwent Cycle Hire
Map ref: SK173893
Tel: 01433 651261
The cycle hire centre lies behind the visitor centre at a slightly higher level. There is a paved side path from the information centre, past the public phone and the ranger office.
More severely disabled visitors wishing to hire cycles should arrange with the staff to park close to the building. The cycle hire centre stocks a comprehensive range of bikes suitable for all abilities, provided in association with 'Wheels for All!' (phone to check availability).