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    Crowden to Bleaklow Circular Walk

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    20.0 km
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    712 m
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    Crowden to Bleaklow Circular

    Walking the Crowden to Bleaklow Circular Walk is a tough but rewarding adventure in the Peak District that will take you from the Crowden Campsite to the summit of Bleaklow Head. While out on the trail, you will climb uphill along Torside Clough before traversing the rugged terrain of the moor for spectacular views from atop the hill. Trail conditions can be quite boggy, especially during the spring/autumn seasons, so make sure to wear some decent footwear!

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    Route Description for Crowden to Bleaklow Circular Walk

    The Crowden to Bleaklow Circular Trail might not be as popular a route as some of the others that set out from the Crowden Campsite, but that doesn’t mean that it is any less scenic. From the campsite, make your way west along the foot of the hill to eventually reach the edge of the Torside Reservoir. From here, make your way over the dam wall and enjoy the pleasant views across the water before beginning the uphill climb alongside Torside Clough. After the steep uphill climb, traverse the moorland terrain to the east to eventually arrive at the summit of Bleaklow Head. From this elevated vantage point, you will have a breathtaking view overlooking the rugged terrain of the Peak District, as well as Longdendale and its many reservoirs in the valley below. After taking in the views, continue to the northeast to descend the hillside along Near Black Clough before following the waters of the River Etherow and Woodhead Reservoir to the west. Once you meet up with the road, cross over to the other side and walk to the northwest to arrive back at the campsite where you began.

    Other amazing walks in Peak District National Park

    Check out our guides to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Stanage Edge, Dovedale, and Padley Gorge. Or see all of our Peak District walks on 10Adventures.

    Getting to the Crowden to Bleaklow Circular Walk Trailhead

    To get to the car park for the Crowden to Bleaklow Circular from Hollingworth, make your way northeast for 7.9 km along Market Street/A628 and the entrance to the car park will be on the left.

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    • Backcountry Campsites

      Crowden Campsite

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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