Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge


Drop down to the dam at Ladybower to link the shores of the Peak District’s largest expanse of water. Section on pavement.

Map of Ladybower Miles Without Stiles route

Access for All and Many

Distance: 400 m for views of the dam, 1 km along the dam, 1.5 km to extend

Nearest Facilities: Heatherdene car park


Access for All

  1. From the car park, head south past the building and along the tarmac path for elevated views of the dam.
  2. Return to the car park at the northern end and drop down through the woodland to meet the road.
  3. Cross the road to the pavement southwards to the dam.

Access for Many

  1. Turn right at the far side of the dam.
  2. Follow the forest track to benches and a view.


Consider taking out the wheelyboat at Ladybower Fisheries.

Lady Bower Route Map (372B) 

Getting there

Start at Heatherdene Car Park off the A6013 Bamford road.

Ordnance Survey grid reference: SK 2023 8588

Postcode: S33 0BY

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Do you know?

  • The three linked reservoirs of Howden, Derwent and Ladybower cover 210 hectares to give the largest expanse of water in the Peak District.
  • At times of exceptional drought, the remains of the submerged Ashopton village may be seen near the concrete A57 road bridge.
  • The two giant plugholes drain away excess water to prevent damage to the dam.

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