GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk

5 miles (8 km)

This walk visits the waterfalls at Middle Black Clough and Far Black Clough near Woodhead Reservoir in the Peak District. The clough and the waterfalls are a little of the beaten track and require good footwear as some of the paths are quite wet. It's a beautiful place with a number of water courses and particularly picturesque waterfalls to see.
You can start the walk from the car park at the eastern end of the reservoir near to the Woodhead Tunnel. Follow the A road east before crossing to the south. You can then follow footpaths heading south east along the River Etherow before turning south to explore Middle Clough and the secluded waterfall. After admiring the falls you then retrace your steps towards the river before heading south east to explore Far Black Clough where there's more stunning scenery and interesting rock formations to see.


SK13 1JE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Near the car park you'll pass the Longdendale Trail. You can follow this shared cycling and walking trail west along Woodhead Reservoir to visit Torside Reservoir.
The excellent viewpoint at Bleaklow is only a couple of miles to the south west as well.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.


Birchen Bank looking towards Woodhead Tunnels - - 457292

Birchen Bank looking towards Woodhead Tunnels

Waterfall, Middle Black Clough - - 380251

Waterfall, Middle Black Clough. This significant waterfall lies out of sight of the main path in Black Clough and is reached by a scrambly path from the confluence of Middle and Near Black Cloughs.

May At The Blacks - - 1298549

May At The Blacks. Pic taken below where water from the three Black Cloughs, near, middle and far, merge before joining the River Ethrow. All the vegetation is lush and green.

Far Black Clough - - 732834

Far Black Clough. Looking to Middle Black Clough, top of the rocks to the right is the yellow line of the shooters track.

Middle Black Clough - - 245942

View down to Middle Black Clough

Waterfall middle black clough - - 505346

Waterfall Middle Black Clough. After summer rain.

A confluence of cloughs - - 2142253

A confluence of cloughs

River Etherow - - 2073592

River Etherow


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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