Bleaklow Head

Sunday, 12 January 2014
1870ft/570m ascent
Trail 100 #21

Bleaklow Head (2077ft/633m) is a huge peat covered moor that rises from the reservoirs lining the Woodhead Pass between Manchester and Sheffield, and is just eleven feet smaller than it’s near neighbour, Kinder Scout (2088ft/636m), the highest hill in the Peak District.Bleaklow Head Summit 3

The walk passes through woodland at the foot of the fell and then crosses through fields quickly rising to the edge of the deep valley called Torside Clough. The well worn path is part of the Pennine Way and is obvious even in snow.

Bleaklow Head Snow

The top of the moor was barren, snow covered and bleak – this hill has a very appropriate name. We weren’t the only people climbing on this cold winter day – there were even some fell runners in shorts.

Bleaklow Head Summit 2Bleaklow Head Summit 1

On the way down we met a pig – with a ring at the end of it’s nose.

Bleaklow Head Pig


Starting at the car park by the Torside Reservoir (SK068983).

Bleaklow Head Route


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