Ladybower: A Spectacular Dog-Friendly Peak District Walk

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If you are looking for pet friendly house rentals for a city break that also has great access to countryside walks with your dog, then Sheffield on the edge of the Peak District is the place to be. You will be near to the heart of a vibrant city, yet just a short drive away from some of the UK’s most beautiful yet accessible landscapes.  

One of the most popular spots to visit with your dog is Ladybower Reservoir, a large body of water that is linked to the Howden and Derwent Reservoirs in the spectacular Upper Derwent Valley at the heart of the Peak District.

It is a straightforward 20 minute drive west of Sheffield, and there are car parks located at either end of the reservoir. It’s also usually possible to park without charge alongside the Snake Road. 

The circular walk around the reservoir is popular with dog walkers, because there are no stiles or kissing gates, and the path is level and well surfaced. It’s also accessible for pushchair and wheelchair users. It’s a gentle five mile walk that will take about one to two hours.

It’s possible to start the walk at any point, but a popular location is the Fairholmes Visitor Information Centre, where there is a cafe, toilets, and a gift shop. There’s a small fee to park that goes towards the maintenance of the facilities. 

As you set off left from the car park, you will see the imposing Win Hill ahead. If you and your pooch are feeling energetic, there’s a clearly signposted path to the summit, where you will have spectacular views over Hope Valley and Derwent Valley. If you continue on the circular walk, you will pass the elegant Ashopton Viaduct and the mighty Derwent Dam. 

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