Right, let’s get those legs working! Have you saved your energy to tackle some of the more northerly reaches of the Peak District National Park? Let Cath Lee of Peak Walking Adventures take you on this challenging hike in the Dark Peak.
Laddow Rocks / Black Hill (Harder)
Located in the wild, northern part of The Dark Peak, I start this walk from the tiny hamlet of Crowden on the side or Torside Reservoir and head northwards along part of the Pennine Way (which celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary this year) path which steadily climbs up a steep-sided valley to the elevated position of Laddow Rocks. Cath explains that “Whenever I stop here for a rest, I get the uplifting feeling of being somewhere totally wild and remote. There are no signs of civilisation and wonderful views down the valley with hills in the far distance.”
She continues, “from Laddow Rocks you can simply retrace your steps for a short walk of about 4 ½ miles, but I prefer to continue onto the summit of Black Hill and return over the even more remote Tooleyshaw Moor and Westend Moss.” This is a strenuous walk over rough ground. It is essential that you are competent at navigating over remote moorland using a map and compass. You also need good walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing as the weather can change up here! The rewards are there for all to see though when you make it to the top!
The nearby market town of Glossop is an excellent base for exploring this wild and remote part of the Peak District. Surrounded by hills and high moors it has plenty to offer those wanting to get out and about, whether it’s a vigorous hike across the rugged moorland of Bleaklow or Black hill or a family picnic beside the reservoirs of the Longdendale Valley.
There’s a wealth of culture and creativity too, Glossop has been steadily developing a reputation as one of the regions best live music locations and its rich selection of live performances, concerts and musical events make Glossop a truly dynamic and vibrant town. With an exceptional number of independent shops Glossop’s high street has plenty of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From specialist books, designer clothing and original artwork you are sure to find something special. Glossop is also home to a number of award winning local producers offering quality meats, puddings and beers all available on the High Street. Alternatively you can sample these gastronomic delights at one of the towns many restaurants or pubs and enjoy the warm, welcoming Glossop hospitality.
There are plenty of places to stay in and around Glossop, but in order to get right to foot of Black Hill head for Crowden Camping and Caravanning Club. Set in the heart of walking country, this Club Site is at the end of a challenging stretch of the Pennine Way from the start point at Edale with incredible views of the Peak District National Park, but with the cosmopolitan attractions, sights, shopping, eating and entertainment options of Manchester and Sheffield only an hour’s drive away.
If you’re suitably inspired to tackle this walk at the weekend then why not also join an informative Peak District National Park Ranger on a 10 mile guided walk starting from Crowden this coming Sunday, 13th September, booking essential.
Next week will see the very last in this series of Top Ten Walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire as voted by Cath Lee of Peak Walking Adventures. Please let us know if you have enjoyed these blogs and especially if they’ve inspired to get out and go for a walk!