Saturday 30 April.
A guided walk with a small group in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District which visits The Pennine Way, a long distance footpath that runs across the back bone of England starting in Edale and finishing at Kirk Yetholm, just over the Scottish border. The trail stretches for 268 glorious miles. The first half of this walk is usually day two of the Pennine Way and gives the walker a good opportunity to experience some of its typical terrain and scenery.
Our walk starts in the small village of Crowden in the Torside Valley which is easy to access from Manchester in the West or Sheffield in the East. The walk follows the Pennine Way all the way up to Black Hill Summit, via Laddow Rocks. When the Pennine Way was first created in 1965 the early walkers would dread this section up to Black Hill as there were many peat bogs to negotiate and it was common to sink in one up to your knees! Thankfully now the way here has been paved with heavy slabs supplied from the old cotton mills of Yorkshire and this makes travelling much easier.
Black Hill (1909ft/582m) is on the border of Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Cheshire and is a flat, extensive peaty plateau but the views on a good day over West Yorkshire are just stunning. At the summit plateau, we turn south and begin our long descent over Tooleyshaw and Westend Moss back to Crowden. The moorland here is more grassy and its a great opportunity to spot a variety of birds, flora and fauna on our return to Crowden.
The distance of this guided walk is about 9 miles/15kmwith a height gain of 1,500ft/ 457m.
The cost to join this walk is £38 per person. Please book and pay below.
The meeting time is 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9:30am.
We meet in the Crowden Camping and Caravanning campsite car park at Crowden village just off the A628, Woodhead Pass, SK13 1HZ. The car park is small but isn't popular so there should be no problem parking. Further information will be provided when you book.
Joining the Walk by Train? We can meet and return you to Glossop train station if you wish - just let us know when you book. Provided we’ve got enough spaces in our vehicles we don't charge for this as we are keen to promote use of public transport and help reduce traffic in the Peak District National Park.