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Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)
633m (2077ft)

The Dark Peak Area, The Peak District, Derbyshire, England

The summit of Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) is marked by a large cairn with a wooden pole stuck in it. The famous Wain Stones lie 250m SW of the summit.


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159th highest in England,
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Walk Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) walking UK Mountains in The Dark Peak Area The Peak District National Park Derbyshire    England

Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) Summit

Photo: Norman Howarth

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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

Tony Halliday walked up on May 22nd, 2021 [from/via/route] Started from lay-by on snake pass & followed Pennines way to top [with] jimmy my boarder terrier [weather] Very dull & cold for time of year - Bit wet & boggy good views but bleak

Mark Hazelton climbed on August 2nd, 2020 [from/via/route] snake pass, Roman Road, Bleaklow Head & Higher shelf [with] Family and Pepper [weather] Sunny

Mark Pritchard bagged on October 1st, 2020 [from/via/route] Higher Shelf Stones trig point [with] Tim and Andrew walking colleagues [weather] Started off low cloud but cleared to a bright sunny but chilly day - Added in to a walk to see the plane wreckage at Higher Shelf

Nicky Kelly hiked on July 25th, 2020 [from/via/route] D172 Bleaklow head & higher shelf stones from old glossop [with] Grace [weather] Overcast, Little windy but no rain

Angela Moroney summited during 2020 [with] JL

Mike Walker conquered on April 4th, 2004 [from/via/route] Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel [with] Alone [weather] Bit crap - misty on the tops

Kevin Foster scaled on April 5th, 2019 [from/via/route] Old Glossop [with] Henry. [weather] Sunny, high cloud, fresh breeze. - After spending the best part of a year bagging the mountain tops of the North Pennines & Northumberland it was a pleasant change to head south to The Peak District. I have done little walking in this area so I was excited & apprehensive at the same time. The apprehension, based on some negative reports I'd read about Bleaklow, was unfounded. Maybe it was because the top was a lot drier than I expected after a relatively dry winter & I was lucky with the weather but I have to say that the paths & route finding for the best part were fairly dry & easy walking. The views as I climbed over Cock Hill back towards the towering skyline of Manchester in the far distance were superb. Not so much the views from Bleaklow Head itself but it was fun to clamber over the Wain Stones & take photos from all angles.

Margaret Richards walked up on August 15th, 2011 [from/via/route] Bleaklow head [with] Don - got a bit lost

Wayne Linley climbed on September 10th, 2017 [from/via/route] From old Glossop [with] Simon Fleming [weather] bloody awful! high winds, rain ( horizontal) - worst conditions ever walked in, but great walking partner, some great re-entrant traversing in dicey conditions, good compass work saved the day

Bay Wan bagged on August 29th, 2017 [from/via/route] Circular route from Glossop. Started via Yellow Stacks & Dog Rock, detoured on route to visit 'OverExposed' then back down the Penine Way & Roman Gate [with] Cocoa Pops (the dog) [weather] Cloudy but dry. No rain.

David Wand hiked on June 7th, 1989 [with] Gayle (wife)

Chris Faulkner summited on June 30th, 2016 [from/via/route] 1st day of Pennine Way [with] Michelle chandler [weather] Sunny morning bit of drizzle afternoon

Robert Shaw conquered on May 10th, 2013 [from/via/route] Bagged on the Pennine Way between the 10th & 24th May 2013. [weather] Various !! - 15 days of mainly fun.

Tony Rogerson scaled on September 25th, 2016 [from/via/route] Birchen Clough Doctor's Gate Higher Shelf Stones Bleaklow Head Bleaklow Stones Grains in the Water Alport Moor Birchin Clough [with] Caz Floss [weather] Windy & mostly dry - NEVER AGAIN!!!

Ian Barker walked up on August 13th, 2014 [with] Peter Godfrey [weather] Fine

Caroline Winter climbed on May 6th, 2016 [from/via/route] Reaps Farm, SE along Pennine Way, Bleaklow Head cairn & then 250 metres to true summit! Higher shel stones & return [with] Solo [weather] Warm, dry - Easiest HEWITTS walk so far! No dirty boots due to very warm & dry last few days. Viewed "overexposed" wreak age & compared with my dad's model collection afterwards. Terrific views across Torside walking along Torside Clough

Darren Mortimer bagged on April 2nd, 2016 [from/via/route] Glossop [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Rain Rain & Rain

Martin Greenwood hiked on November 9th, 2014 [from/via/route] Yellow Slacks from Old Glossop [weather] Autumn sun - Wazooooma!

Iain Cocks summited on July 11th, 2015 [from/via/route] glossop [with] pete jones, dave slater [weather] misty, sunny, windy, raining

Christine Shepherd conquered on October 18th, 2014 [from/via/route] A57 using walk d122 [with] On my own [weather] Warm & windy with some moisture in the air but rain stayed away. - A short but enjoyable walk.

Matthew Chambers scaled on September 27th, 2014 [from/via/route] Crowden to Snake Summit [with] Aileen

Mark Davidson walked up on June 21st, 2003 [with] Theresa [weather] OK but a bit grey - Huge areas of moorland were burnt to a cinder

Trevor Williams climbed on March 23rd, 2014 [with] John & Ruth

Kevin Bloor bagged on December 29th, 2013 [from/via/route] Glossop [with] Maxine Latto [weather] Thick mist, cold & windy

Nicola Parkinson hiked on December 22nd, 2013 [from/via/route] d122 from Snake Pass [with] Stu [weather] Windy & cold but fairly bright - Visited b-26 superfortress "overexposed" crash site near higher shelf stones. Number of times I fell down: 2

Jennifer Connolly summited on December 29th, 2013 [from/via/route] From top of Snake Pass [with] Michael [weather] Bright but freezing - really bitter wind

Chris Lund conquered on December 14th, 2013 [from/via/route] From Torside Reservoir Car Park, headed West along road to Blackshaw Farm then approached Bleakhow Head from the West. Descended via Penine Way [with] Walked Alone [weather] Very strong SSW wind, clear day, but very cold, ok on descent - Lovely walk, now my all time favorite area to walk

Wyn Griffiths scaled on September 13th, 2013 [from/via/route] Kinder Reservoir, Kinder point [with] Own [weather] Dry on way out. Drizzle & heavy rai on return - Saw the 1949 Plane wreckage -- very solem, humbling & moving. Should be included in all OS Maps

Jason Johnston walked up on August 18th, 2013 [from/via/route] Snake Pass via Devils clough [with] Bec Fisher [weather] Drizzle & over cast

John Gehrke climbed on July 29th, 2013 [from/via/route] Used walk d122. [weather] Sunny; scattered showers.

Steve Gilmore bagged on May 25th, 2013 [from/via/route] Old Glossop round yellow slacks & dog rock, to the wain stones then bleaklow head. departed off the Pennine Way to visit the memorial for the 13 USAF men that died in the crashed flying fortress on Higher Shelf Stones [with] On my own [weather] beautiful & sunny, perfect walking weather

Robert Logan hiked on June 4th, 2011 [from/via/route] Fairholmes, Howden Reservoir, Ridgewalk Moor, Round Hill, Barrow Stones, Grinah Stones, Bleaklow Stones, Bleaklow, The Rdge, Alport Castles, Rowlee Pasture [with] Judith Logan

Joanne Mcgawley summited on August 2nd, 2010 [with] Rich [weather] Bitterly Cold - 10 miles

Andy Forrest conquered on April 20th, 2013 [from/via/route] d266 Bleaklow Head from The Woodhead Tunnel [with] Alone [weather] Warm & sunny - Smashed my shin on the initial climb up the valley from Woodhead Tunnel. First trip to see the Overexposed wreckage which was amazing

Vince Wetton scaled on January 11th, 2011 [with] RTM

Andrew Joss walked up on October 14th, 2012 [from/via/route] Woodhead Tunnel Car Park, Bleaklow Head then on to Higher Shelf Stones [with] Barbara [weather] Sunny

Mr Davison climbed during October, 2010 [from/via/route] from A57 [with] jenny davison [weather] raining

Aileen Robinson bagged on August 2nd, 2010 [from/via/route] Edale [with] Alison [weather] Changeable, cloudy, sunny

Iain Ballard, Adam Maxwell, Tomasz B, Wendy Sockett, John Cuthbert, Ron Blundell, Andrew Else, Louis Smith, Victoria Bates, Louise Sandwith, Dave Milner, Alan Whatton, Wendy Sockett, Matthew Thomas, Ray O'hara, Ben George and Martin Jones have all walked, climbed & bagged Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill).

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The Wain Stones (or Kissing Stones) on Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

The Wain Stones (or Kissing Stones) on Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Christine Shepherd (191)

Me, Bradders and my nephew David during a snow blizzard on Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

Me, Bradders and my nephew David during a snow blizzard on Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Dave Papworth (3)

Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) summit

Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) summit

Photo: Christine Shepherd (192)

The Wain Stones near Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

The Wain Stones near Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Andy Holliday (1)

Plane Wreckage near The Wain Stones, Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

Plane Wreckage near The Wain Stones, Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Andy Holliday (2)


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