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Ladybower for Mixed Abilities?

5Thumbs5Thumbs Posts: 88
edited February 2010 in Routes
Hopng to go with a group round Ladybower at Easter. Three families, mMix of ages and abilites from 12 - 50. Not looking for anything too technical (obviously) but a red route type of standard would be fine.

Don't know the track around Ladybower and was wondering if it would be a suitable route ?


  • Do you mean the track around the reservoir at water level? It is tarmac all the way up the west side and hard-surfaced track up the east. There is nothing technical at all and probably rates green.
  • sniper68sniper68 Posts: 2,910
    The tracks around the reservoirs are a mixture of tarmac and fireroad type metalled tracks.They're undulating so if you rode all the way around all the reservoirs(Ladybower,Derwent and Howden) you'd get a good and scenic work-out.
    Once you venture off into the surrounding hills it gets rougher and can't really be compared to a trail centre Red-route.
    I would suggest doing the waterside trails on your 1st visit then at least you'll know if you want more as opposed to going off into the hills and having a bad day.
    Word of warning.The vistor centre get extremely busy at weekends,more so in good/dry weather.Bank Holidays/Easter etc i would suggest getting there early.Parking is £4 for the day at Fairholmes and free in the car parks on the Derwent valley road leading up to it.

    Enjoy,its a fantastic part of the world 8)
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