Bleaklow Guided Walk

Bleaklow guided walk

Bleaklow Guided Walk - Open Group

Sunday 15 October 2017

Fully booked


A full day guided walk as part of a small group of usually no more than six people plus your guide onto Bleaklow - second highest mountain in the Peak District.  Throughout the day, your friendly, professional guide will share with you a wealth of knowledge about the local history, geology, wildlife and plant life.


We initially follow part of the famous Pennine Way footpath past the highest point, Bleaklow Head, before heading off over open moorland to seek out a remote air crash site on Sykes Moor.  We then visit Torside Castle, an Iron Age fortification site and we cross more open moorland to Dog Rock for fine views over the steep sided valley with Yellowslacks Brook down in the bottom.  


We go on to follow the south west edge of Bleaklow over James' Thorn for more fine views if it is a clear day, and to see the crash sites of two aircraft that came down in the 1940s, and learn their sad stories.  From there we continue up to the Higher Shelf Stones trig point and we visit the largest air crash site in the Peak District - that of a B29 Superfortress that crashed in 1949.  Again heading off over rough and open moorland we eventually re-join the Pennine Way path and follow this back to Snake Summit.


During the walk you will see a wealth of upland plants and we can also look out for Red Grouse and Mountain Hares.  It is quite common to see them up there.


This is a hill and moorland walk that is about 9 miles/14.5km with approximately 400 metres of ascent.  It takes you right off the beaten track over ground that is very rough in places and also boggy in places, so it can be hard going underfoot.  Good walking boots that come up to your ankles, and a reasonable level of fitness are essential.  

The cost is £38 per person.  Please book and pay below.


Open Group guided walk onto Bleaklow. 15 October


  • Fully booked

Meeting Place and Time


We meet at 9:15am ready for a 9:30am start for the Bleaklow guided walk at Snake Summit.  That is the highest point on the A57 'Snake Pass' road between Ladybower Reservoir and Glossop.  It is the point where the Pennine Way footpath crosses over the road. There is no post code because there are no buildings for miles around. If you are travelling from Ladybower Reservoir towards Glossop it is about two and a half miles after the Snake Inn on the right hand side.  There is a gravelly area on both sides of the road at the summit where you can park.  Don't be tempted to park on the grass at the side of the road as it's soft and cars have been known to get stuck there. 


The Google map to the right that you can zoom in and out or marks the spot.


Unfortunately this walk is difficult to access by public transport.


Further Information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
General Information - Hill and Moorland
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If you need accommodation convenient to the start of our Bleaklow guided walk, the nearest towns/villages are Glossop or Bamford.  See our accommodation page for further information.


Alternative Dates - Private Guiding

For greater flexibility, why not do this as a private guided walk on a day of your choice, either on your own or with a group of friends or family?