Tuesday 17th April 2007

 

It was a great day for walking today, blue sky, good views, if a little hazy in the far distance and dry enough to not need gaiters on a route that can get boggy. I was joined by Sue, a fellow member of the O.F.C who hadn't been on Bleaklow before, for one of my favourite walks to Bleaklow Head. 

 

Start: Ditch Clough Plantation (SK 1548 9276)

 

Route: Ditch Clough Plantation - Round Hill - Barrow Stones - Grinah Stones - Bleaklow Stones
            - West End Moor (TP) - Alport Castles - Ditch Clough Plantation

 

Distance: 10 miles     Ascent: 495 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours 45 minutes 

 

Weather: Blue sky warm but with a strong breeze.

 

Pub visited: None      Ale Drunk: None

Route Map

 

River Westend

The walk starts by following the path alongside the River Westend.

 

Howden Edge

Looking back down to the track we had followed as we start the climb to Ridgewalk Moor. Howden Edge is in the background.

 

Round Hill

The summit cairn on Round Hill.

 

Ridgewalk Moor

Looking back across Ridgewalk Moor from Round Hill.

 

Barrow Stones

I love this rock formation at Barrow Stones.

 

Featherbed Moss

From Bleaklow Stones there were some great views north across Featherbed Moss to Black Hill & the Holme Moss mast.

 

Bleaklow Stones

Bleaklow Stones.

 

Bleaklow Head

Far Fork Grain with Bleaklow Head behind.

 

Grinah Stones & Round Hill

Grinah Stones (L) and Round Hill (R) with Deep Grain in the foreground.

 

Westend Moor

In a newly published book on 'trigpointing' in the Peak District this trig on Westend Moor is described as the most remote in the Peak District. This shot is looking back across Westend Moor to Bleaklow Stones, the high point in the background.

 

Back Tor

For most of the walk Howden and Derwent Edges are in view and throughout the day Sue and I had been trying to work out if these rocks were Back Tor or Margery Hill. In actual fact they are Back Tor, although you can't see the trig on top of the rocks, which was why I didn't think they were Back Tor.

 

Alport Dale

Alport Dale with the Higher Shelf Stones ridge in the background.

 

Crookstone Knoll

Alport Dale. Looking in the opposite direction towards Crookstone Knoll.

 

The Tower

The Tower at Alport Castles.

 

Howden Reservoir

Howden Reservoir with Howden Edge behind, from the path down towards Ditch Clough Plantation.

 

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