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Whinstone Lee Tor

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Whinstone Lee Tor
Author: Peter Truman, Published: 19 Feb 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide star1 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide star1 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide star1 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide star0 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Dark Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Whinstone Lee Tor
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide boot Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide boot Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide
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A climb from Ashopton through woodland and open moorland to Whinstone Lee Tor which sits at the southern end of Derwent Edge and provides a great vantage point for views up the Derwent Valley reservoirs, across Ladybower to Crook Hill and Win Hill. This walk is a great way to get up above the reservoirs but without the distance of other walks along Derwent Edge and can be done in about 3 hours (plus stops to admire the view and refreshments).
On a fine day the views are tremendous but there can often be cloud over the summit so be prepared to miss the views and just enjoy a fine walk instead! On that topic, do be aware that when you get to the top of the Tor you will not get the shelter of the hillside above Ashopton so the weather can quickly change. Be prepared.

This walk starts from the layby on the A57 (Snake Road) at Ashopton, just by Ladybower Reservoir. Approximate post code S33 0AX. The vast majority of the village of Ashopton was lost when Ladybower Reservoir was completed and filled from 1943, the few remaining buildings by the side of the reservoir and up the track that we use for this walk being all that's left of what was a bigger village.

Walk Sections

Ashopton to Whinstone Lee Tor
Ashopton to Whinstone Lee Tor

Start: OS ref SK195864
End: OS ref SK199876

Start point: 53.3742 lat, -1.7077 long
End point: 53.3852 lat, -1.7015 long

Walk towards Ladybower viaduct but before you reach it walk to the right along the private road that is opposite the reservoir. Turn right immediately to walk up through the remaining houses and farm of Ashopton. You will soon start to get decent views across Ladybower Reservoir on your right.
Continue through Ashopton until you see a wall in front of you - there's a stile that continues to Cutthroat Bridge. Before this there's a sign to the left towards Whinstone Lee Tor. Take this path to the left and walk up along the cleared path between the trees, keeping the wall (or fence, in parts) to your left all the way. The path is quite obvious and drops gently before it starts to climb again.
Once you are out of the trees the climb gets steeper, but keep the wall on your left until the path veers to the right to take you to the crossing point for several paths. Continue straight up towards the National Trust sign for Whinstone Lee Fields (you will only be able to read this once you have reached it!)
Once at the sign you are on the ridge that leads up to Whinstone Lee Tor, so turn left and follow the ridge to the top, admiring the views as you walk. In front of you is Derwent Edge and the weathered rocks of Wheelstones, White Tor, etc. Down to your left is Ladybower Reservoir and the craggy Crook Hill to your left.

Whinstone Lee Tor to Grindle Barn
Whinstone Lee Tor to Grindle Barn

Start: OS ref SK199876
End: OS ref SK189885

Start point: 53.3852 lat, -1.7015 long
End point: 53.393 lat, -1.7167 long

From Whinstone Lee Tor continue on the same path until you reach a signpost at the junction of two paths - the one we've been on continues along the length of Derwent Edge, the other is the footpath from Derwent to Moscar. Turn left signposted Derwent. The path now descends towards a stone wall which you should follow until the next signposted junction which drops you down towards Ladybower Reservoir. Continue following the path through the gate and down the path until you get to the group of old barns. The first of these is a shelter should you want a rest for a moment or two. Do have a look here at the work done by the children of Bamford Primary School.

Grindle Barn to Ashopton
Grindle Barn to Ashopton

Start point: 53.393 lat, -1.7167 long
End point: 53.3742 lat, 1.7077 long

Follow the track between the barns and turn left to go through the gate and down the paved path. Take care when icy or wet, this path can be quite "interesting". Its quite steep and slippery even when dry.
Take this path until you get to the gate by the road, through the gate and along the road following the bank of Ladybower Reservoir until you reach the A57 at Ashopton.

Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2010 by the author ptruman and may not be reproduced without permission.


1 comments for "Whinstone Lee Tor"

I have still not yet seen the view from Whinstone Lee Tor despite being up there a good few times. I did this walk again last week but it started sleeting about half way up and turned into a blizzard by the time I got to the top. Visibility was awful and it was only when I reached Grindle Barn that it stopped sleeting and views returned. Walking back alongside Ladybower I managed to catch glimpses of the top again. It seems I'm only allowed to see this hill from below and I've taken many photographs that include the top in wonderful light. One day...
Interesting to see that there was a layer of ice across Ladybower Reservoir - the east side was frozen and large patches of ice around.

By Peter Truman on 21 Feb 2010

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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8 gallery images for "Whinstone Lee Tor"

99_0ptruman1266539390 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
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The road up through Ashopton
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View over Ladybower from Ashopton
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Pointing the way from Ashopton to Whinstone Lee Tor
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Sign showing National Trust boundary near ridge
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Signpost pointing way down from Derwent Edge
99_0ptruman1266539539 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
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At bottom of field from Grindle Barn
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Grindle Barn
99_2ptruman1266539539 Whinstone Lee Tor Walking Guide Image by: Peter Truman
Uploaded: 19 Feb 2010
View along Ladybower Reservoir from path along bank. Ladybower Reservoir in distance.

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