Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel

Superb gorge walk & high remote moorland


Route outline for walk d266:

Woodhead Tunnel  -  Middle Black Clough  -  Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)  -  Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill)  -  The Wain Stones (or Kissing Stones)  -  The Pennine Way  -  Clough Edge  -  The Longdendale Trail  -  Crowden  -  Woodhead Reservoir  -  Woodhead Tunnel




Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
1
English
Mountain
Wainwright
0
Wainwrights
 English Nuttall
1
English
Nuttall
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
0
Marilyns
Bridget
1
Bridget

Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

The highest point of this walk is Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) at 633m (2077ft). Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (158th highest in England, 270th highest in England & Wales) Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) is also known as an English Nuttall (213th highest in England, 366th highest in England & Wales). 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.

Completing this walk will also take you to the top of Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill) at 628m (2061ft). Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill) is known as an English Bridget.

National Trails & Long Paths included on this walk:

Part of this walk follows a section of The Longdendale Trail, an 11km (7 miles) linear footpath connecting Hadfield in Derbyshire, England with Salter's Brook on the border with West Yorkshire, England. The Longdendale Trail also forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail that runs coast to coast across the UK from Southport in Merseyside to Hornsea in The East Riding of Yorkshire.

The Longdendale Trail follows part of the former Great Central Railway. This line from Manchester to Sheffield Railway was also known as 'The Woodhead Route'. It passed through the picturesque Longdendale valley which includes five reservoirs surrounded by high moorland. The reservoirs were completed in 1877 & were, at the time, the largest artificial expanse of water in the world. The line itself was closed in 1981 amid much controversy.

The Longdendale Trail is waymarked by named discs. For more walks that include a section of this trail see The Longdendale Trail.

Part of this walk also follows a section of The Pennine Way, a 404km (251 miles) linear footpath connecting Edale in Derbyshire, England with Kirk Yetholm in The Borders, Scotland. The Pennine Way is waymarked by a National Trail Acorn. For more walks that include a section of this trail see The Pennine Way.

This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL1
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 110
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel

In no particular order . . .

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Bleaklow Bog!

Bleaklow Bog!

Photo: Christine Shepherd (190)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Nick Snape (6)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - The famous 'kissing' Wain Stones

The famous 'kissing' Wain Stones

Photo: Norman Howarth (5)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Nick Snape (5)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - West End of the Woodhead Tunnel

West End of the Woodhead Tunnel

Photo: Brian Davidson (7)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Crowden Youth Hostel

Crowden Youth Hostel

Photo: Geoff Smithson (1)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Anvil Stone at Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Anvil Stone at Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Ian Windle (61)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - 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)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - The spoil heaps above Brookholes Wood, Crowden

The spoil heaps above Brookholes Wood, Crowden

Photo: Simon Jacks (20)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Middle Black Clough

Middle Black Clough

Photo: Brian Davidson (10)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Looking back up to Hey Edge from Crowden

Looking back up to Hey Edge from Crowden

Photo: Geoff Smithson (18)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) summit

Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) summit

Photo: Christine Shepherd (192)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Derwent Valley from Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Derwent Valley from Bleaklow Stones (Bleaklow Hill)

Photo: Nick Snape (4)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - On Bleaklow Hill

On Bleaklow Hill

Photo: Steve Horne (12)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - The Pennine Way on Clough Edge above Torside Clough

The Pennine Way on Clough Edge above Torside Clough

Photo: Brian Davidson (12)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Hey Edge from Crowden

Hey Edge from Crowden

Photo: Peter Ellis (1)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Crowden Brook with Bareholmes Moss beyond from Crowden

Crowden Brook with Bareholmes Moss beyond from Crowden

Photo: Simon Jacks (19)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - On Bleaklow Hill

On Bleaklow Hill

Photo: Steve Horne (10)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - 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)

Walk d266 Bleaklow Head (Bleaklow Hill) from Woodhead Tunnel - Waterfall on Middle Black Clough

Waterfall on Middle Black Clough

Photo: Brian Davidson (9)


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