BLEAKLOW HEAD 633M
TOUGH AND CHALLENGING TERRAIN AND BOGGY IN SECTIONS BUT GREAT IN CLEAR WEATHER
2nd Highest in the Peak District
PARKING-A57 SNAKE PASS ROAD SIDE PARKING NEAR THE PENNINE WAY
MILES- 5-6 MILES APPROX
FACILITIES- NON ON ROUTE
TERRAIN-SOME STONE PITCHED PATHS, MOORLAND, BOG AND WELL TRODDEN PATHS
This walk requires map/compass and excellent navigation skills as it often gets low cloud and poor visibility, you walk across open moorland so difficult.
We had originally planned to walk to the plane wreckage but missed the path and time was against us, some of the walk the paths were hard to follow, very boggy so it slowed us down, we will certainly head back in good weather to visit the plane wreckage site.
The roadside parking is just by the Pennine way path, the path starts via a gate which begins the Pennine way, this section is a great path and easy to follow, once you reach the open moorland it becomes more difficult but in clear weather you can see the well trodden route, few sections to come off and climb the stones.
The summit is a large cairn with a pole, this area has a junction of 4/5 different paths to follow, we did go about 1 mile further before we turned back due to time, i can imagine in poor visibility its easy to loose your bearings, but we returned the same route back, with boggy shoes as it was very wet, kids enjoyed the walk though as they loved the rock formations to scramble on.
At weekends the roadside parking can get full quickly as its a starting point for various walks in the area.
JUST BLEAKLOW HEAD WALK
WALK INCLUDES THE OLD PLANE WRECKAGE