Picturesque village

The Peak District’s stunning cycle routes take you past a drowned village now home to breathtakingly beautiful views

Sometimes we just need a trip outside of London to get some fresh air and take in the natural beauty of the UK, whether on foot or by bike.

The pretty Peak District is perfect for cyclists and walkers, with many lovely places to stop.

But how about stopping to see an old village totally underwater?

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Under the magnificent Ladybower Reservoir lie the remains of the lost village of Derwent.

While visiting the region, you will be entitled to incredible cycle paths to enjoy the magnificent view.



Cycle through the Peak District to see the massive Ladybower Reservoir

In 1943 a dam was built by Derwent Valley Water Board which slowly began to fill with water and by 1945 the whole village of Derwent no longer existed.

The flooded and drowned place is now the magnificent Ladybower Reservoir.

In 2018, the hot, dry summer brought water levels down so low that ancient ruins and remnants of Derwent became visible.

Sometimes people even managed to catch a glimpse of the old church steeple sticking out of the water strangely.



The “Love Seat” of what was once the elegant Derwent Hall’s Gardens can often be seen at the edge of the Low Reservoir

As in most areas of the Peak Districts, there are many cycle routes to be taken in the area of ​​the Lost Village.

Look for the best route for your level, but some of the best views include the Bamford Stream Crossing Loop to reach the Whinston Lee Tor viewpoint.

Also the Ladybower at Bamford Road – Derwent Reservoir Loop from Thornhill.

There are also some great bike trails for those with children, where you can stay on the sidewalk all the way through Ladybower Reservoir.



Ladybower reservoir is a great sight

You will get all the usual magical views of the Peak District landscape as well as the stunning blue waters.

But you don’t just need to cycle to get there, park your car in one of the many parking lots and admire the picturesque scenery on foot.

Or, for those who are not afraid of heights, it is worth the walk to the beautiful Bamford Edge.

A short uphill hike, it’s a huge rock overhang that offers the most breathtaking views of the area and of Ladybower herself.

After a day of exploring the peaks and taking in the magical views, settle in for some great food.

Head to the Cheshire Cheese Inn in the nearby village of Edale – we promise you are above the water!

Rated 4.5 stars on Google, they serve homemade dishes in the 16C dining room. with open fireplaces to keep you warm in the winter.

Reviewers say they make a “fabulous roast”, have an “old world vibe” and many praise their “wonderful beers”.



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How to get there

Drive north on the M1 to the Peak District, before setting out to enjoy the scenery of the villages before the Ladybower Reservoir in Hope Valley. It will take you less than four hours.

Or take the Euston train to Manchester Picadilly before changing to Glossop. Then take a bus to the reservoir, it will take you around three and a half hours to get there from London.

Grab your bike (or walking shoes) and head to this amazing place in the peaks!

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