The crest of the Derwent Dam

Choose one of the three colour coded and signposted walks which start from The Fairholmes Visitor's Centre, these come in three lengths for the walker; Red 40 min's, Black 1-1.5 hrs, Green 2-3 hrs.

Or have a short walk and just have a look at The Derwent Dam, and visit the museum if it is a day it's due to be open.

Go for the 'big one' and walk around the Derwent and Howden and back in a circular route, it must be between 10 and 11 miles. There is some fantastic scenery along the twisting and turning route.

If it is not a bank holiday or weekend then drive {slowly} from The Derwent to The Howden Dam and beyond. Limited parking at the end and no vehicular access to the other side of the reservoir.

Park at one of the free car parks prior to The Derwent Dam area and walk along a woodland path to Fairholmes Visitors Centre.

Drive up to and park at the pay and display car park at the visitors centre. Have a short walk and a look around the information centre, hot and cold snacks available.

Hire a bike and have a leisurely ride up to The Howden Dam and beyond. Although a narrow twisting road it is pretty flat.

A bus shuttle service runs {in the summer only} on the restricted road beyond The Derwent dam, this could be combined with a walk to Slippery Stones.

This area is also popular for birdwatchers.