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Walk #31: Crowden to Standedge


ZX11	Looking south towards Crowden from Laddow Rocks.
ZX10	Looking south on the way up to Laddow Rocks and Black Hill.
ZX11 Looking south towards Crowden from Laddow Rocks.
ZX10 Looking south on the way up to Laddow Rocks and Black Hill.

General Data

Date Walked 08/08/1999
County Derbyshire, West Yorkshire
Start Location Crowden
End Location Standedge
Start time 07.45
End time 15.15
Distance 11.7 miles
Description A varied walk, the bleak moorland of Black Hill being followed by a nice stroll past several reservoirs.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition I feel reasonable after this walk. I am very tired, but I am also exhilarated that I have got through today. My back is still very red, but not as painful as it was last night. My actual legs did not seize up as they did yesterday, but I could have done with an energy injection for the last few miles.
Weather Today's weather was reasonable. It was very windy in the morning, and on Laddow Edge it was hard to make progress due to the wind blowing from the east. There was no sunshine at all through the day.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 1 (The Peak District - Dark Peak Area)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


ZX12	The summit of Black Hill.
ZX12 The summit of Black Hill.


Today was a strenuous day. A welcome break was received on the Wessenden Head Road, where there was a refreshment van called 'Snoopys' serving *massive* baps filed with bacon, egg and anything else you could imagine. Apparently the gentleman who runs it is in semi-retirement, and only opens at weekends which is a shame.

I made good progress today, spending 7 hours 30 minutes on the road. The initial climb up to Laddow Rocks was very hard due to the wind. I could really do with more stamina. I am staying at the Mankinholes Youth Hostel tomorrow, which should allow me a non-tent night and perhaps clothes washing facilities. The rocks themselves are quite spectacular, and I can see why many people climb up the craggy cliffs.

I have never been up Black Hill before, and I was aware that many people describe going up to their knees in attempts to reach the trig pillar at the summit. However I was pleased to find that, despite the heavy recent rain, the ground underfoot was firm and I could reach the pillar with absolutely no problems.

I am pleased to say that I have no new blisters after today's walking, and the one under my big toe appears to have cleared up considerably due to the Compeed plaster. The process of using both plasters and Vaseline to cure blisters has so far worked well.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Crowden Black Hill trig 4.5 1545 328
Black Hill trig Wessenden Dam 3.4 367 1270
Wessenden Dam Standedge 3.8 682 554

This makes a total distance of 11.7 miles, with 2594 feet of ascent and 2152 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #31
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
30Edale to Crowden16.5
32Standedge to Mankinholes14.2
144A circular walk from Crowden to Black Hill8.9

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