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Black Cloughs and Bleaklow Stones

Black Cloughs and Bleaklow Stones - Saturday 23 March 2024

8 miles

This walk starts along the River Etherow, a favourite picnic spot in summer.  It continues into the attractive wooded ravine where the streams of the three Black Cloughs flow down off Bleaklow.  We will climb alongside the steep ravine of Near Black Clough, crossing a bridge to the open moor leading up to Near Bleaklow Stones, with fine views and some wreckage of a Defiant aircraft that crashed here in 1941.  We will head along the ridge to Bleaklow Stones which is one of the high points on the ridge of Bleaklow, the second highest point in the Peak District.  Here there are fantastic, weathered millstone grit outcrops.

We head down to Round Hill, 'grough hopping' over very rough and wet ground.  Here we find substantial wreckage of a Blackburn Botha aircraft, which crashed in 1941.

Water levels in the streams will dictate our return route down the Blacks and back to the cars.

 Event Grade: Very Hard - longer more challenging walks with steep ascents and descents, loose ground and rough terrain.  A high level of fitness and stamina is required.  If in doubt, please try one of our other walks first.

Event Terrain: The paths are steep in places, rough, and muddy in wet weather.  We cross open moorland crossing steep groughs (peat gulleys) and peat bogs.  We may ford streams, hopping from boulder to boulder. 

Extra Items: Proper ankle-high walking boots.  Gaiters may be useful.  Full waterproofs, including overtrousers (make sure you know how to put these on quickly!).

Start: 10.00 am  Finish: 15.30pm 

Meeting Point: Woodhead car park off A628  Grid reference: SK 11426 99843

Post code:  SK13 1JE  What3Words: diet.upstairs.emporium

Parking: Free: Woodhead car park off A628. Very sharp turn off main road if coming from West.

Near Bus Route: No   Near Rail Station: No

Dogs: Dogs On Leads Allowed.

Cost: £10 aged 18 and above. Those under 18 who are good walkers can attend at no charge but still need to book a place.

Click the date in the calendar to see how many places are available and to book on.