Sunday, 19th October 2014

Walk: Longdendale Trail, Pennine Way, Laddow Rocks, Black Hill, Woodhead Dam
Start Point: Torside Reservoir Car Park Grid Reference: SK 068 983
Distance: 12.5 miles Ascent: 2,420 feet
Time: 6 hours
Weather: Mixed day with a dry morning and a wet afternoon. Very strong winds in exposed areas.
Comments: Seven walkers joined the leader for this walk in the Peak District. This walk combined The Longdendale Trail with the current and old Pennine Way paths to make a circular route. The outward leg was quite pleasant; with the wind at our backs we made our way to Black Hill via Laddow Rocks and Crowden Great Brook. At the OS pillar we turned South, following the old Pennine Way route over Tooleyshaw Moss, Westend Moss and Hey Moss, all of which lived up to their names and were very wet due to recent rain. Descending to Crowden we crossed the A628 to take a permissive path around the head of Torside Reservoir to join the Longdendale Trail back to the start.

Preparing to leave the car park . . .

to set out along the Londendale Trail . . .

where there are views back to Torside Reservoir

A turnstile from the past . . .

but we'll choose the other route

Disused quarry from the Pennine Way

Approaching Laddow Rocks . . .

an exposed outcrop of rough moorland grit

and a closer look at the rock formation

After a short break in the shelter of the rocks we continue on our way . . .

as the sun catches the bleak mnoorland on the opposte side . . .

of Crowden Great Brook . . .

which we follow to pass . . .

an 'umbrella' cairn . . .

and gather for a group photo on Black Hill

Alfred Wainwright once wrote of Black Hill, 'no other shows such a desolate and hopeless quagmire to the sky, this is peat naked and unashamed'

The Moors For the Future partnership have brought this once desolate and inaccessible moor back to life

Holme Moss transmitting station, the highest in England

The rain stops for a short time . . .

and we make the most of it, stopping for a quick lunch

The return route takes us past . . .

the disused quarry seen earlier

Crossing the bridge above . . .

the sluice below Woodhead Dam . . .

where the various features

inspire much discussion . . .

before it is time to move on . . .

via the Londendale Trail back to the cars

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