GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


11 miles (17 km)

This challenging walk takes you to Bleaklow Head and Bleaklow Stones near Glossop, in the Peak District National Park. The elevated largely peat covered,gritstonemoorland, is popular with walkers.
The walk starts from the car park at Torside Reservoir and follows the Longdendale Trail along the water before picking up the Pennine Way to Torside Clough. The climb continues past Sykes Moor to the 633m (2,077ft) summit of Bleaklow Head. Here you will find a huge cairn of stones and wonderful views across GreaterManchester,Lancashire, Cheshire and theHope Valley.
Holme Moss transmitter,Emley Moorandthe Yorkshire Dales are also visible. Footpaths continue east to the interesting geological formations at Bleaklow Stones.An alternative route is to go via Wildboar Clough and its lovely waterfalls although this does require some scrambling. This is shown in the video below.
Just to the south of the hill you will find the crash site of the USAFBoeingRB-29A Superfortress at Higher Shelf Stones. Much of the wreckage and a memorial to those who lost their lives can be visited on the Peak District Aircraft Wrecks Walk from Glossop.

Bleaklow OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bleaklow Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just east of Torside Reservoir you'll also find Woodhead Reservoir. At the eastern end of the reservoir there's a car park where you can start the Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk. The area is a bit of a hidden gem with walks along the River Etherow to some beautiful waterfalls and wonderful rock formations. It's located just a few miles north east of the hill and well worth a visit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.


Bleaklow Head from the cairn - - 856567

Bleaklow Head from the cairn. Looking SW along the Pennine Way.

Bleaklow Hill - - 1199311

Bleaklow Hill

Bleaklow Head Cairn - - 397902

Bleaklow Head Cairn. This is a desolate barren plateau, of gritstone and bare peat, but a welcome sight to anyone walking the Pennine Way.

Eroded peat moorland, Bleaklow, Derbyshire

Descending eroded peat gully on east flank of Bleaklow. This image demonstrates the depth of peat on Bleaklow, as well as recent efforts at gullly-blocking and damming to re-wet and restore the moorland habitat. Picture taken whilst walking the Derwent Watershed Route.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Bleaklow.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Bleaklow.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)