A6013 (Bamford - Ashopton)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||2.8 miles (4.5 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
The A6013 is a short A-road along the Upper Derwent Valley in the Derbyshire Peak District.
The road starts at the junction with the A6187 (former A625). It heads north in a 40mph zone and crosses the Hope Valley Line by Bamford station. The speed limit drops to 30mph as we reach the village of Bamford. We head uphill and then round a few bends at the centre of the village, which cause problems at busy times with parked cars. We leave the village then head into a wider 50mph zone, past the Yorkshire Bridge Inn (they do a great Sunday lunch) and then up to Ladybower reservoir. After passing the dam we run alongside the lake for a few hundred yards then head round a tight left-hander before crossing the Ladybower Viaduct over a corner of the lake. The road ends on the far side on the A57.
The original northern end of the A6013 (together with the village of Ashopton) was flooded in the 1940s with the construction of the reservoir. Although the section of road running under the lake has been destroyed, it seems to have left the current A6013 halfway along the lake before joining the A57 at a point which remains above water, just to the east of the Ashopton Viaduct.