The hamlet of Crowden is a popular start point for exploring a stunning area of the Pennines. There's a handy car park and camping site where many fine walks can be started.
This circular walk from Crowden climbs to the nearby Black Hill. It's a popular and quite challenging climb using a section of the Pennine Way and other public footpaths.
The walk starts from the Crowden car park which is located on the northern side of the Longdendale Reservoirs. From here it is a short stroll west to pick up the Pennine Way. Follow the waymarked trail north west and it will take you past Black Tor, Laddow Rocks, Black Chew Head, Near Broadslate, Red Ratcher, Meadowgrain Clough and Holme Edge before arriving at the Black Hill summit. This stands at a height of 582 metres (1,908 feet) and is the highest point of the historic county of Cheshire, lying at the tip of what was once known as the Cheshire Panhandle.
The route then descends south to Tooleyshaw Moss, White Low, Westend Moss and Hey Edge before returning to the car park. This descent can be boggy after wet weather so you may want to just descend on the Pennine Way if you prefer.
PostcodeSK13 1HZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Head west from the car park and you will soon come to Tintwistle near Bottoms Reservoir. Here you can enjoy some well earned refreshments at the historic Bull's Head. The 16th century pub does very good food and has a nice cosy fire for winter days. You can easily find the pub in the village at a postcode of SK13 1JY for your sat navs. It's also very dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
On the southern side of the reservoirs you can pick up the Longdendale Trail. This shared cycling and walking trail will take you along a series of picturesque reservoirs including Torside Reservoir, Woodhead Reservoir and Bottoms Reservoir.
To the west you can pick up the Pennine Bridleway and follow it to Stalybridge Country Park.
At the eastern end of Woodhead 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.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks and Peak District Walks pages.