Dark Peaks & Bleaklow Mountain - with Mountain Rescue man Colin 18km REMOTE DAY
Please note, this trip is outside London and you will need transport to and from the destination. For further details, please check in the description below.
The magnificence of the Peak District National Park lies in its two contrasting personalities - the soft landscapes of the White Peak on South and the wild and wonderful ruggedness of the Dark Peak on North.
We’re off to the stunning desolate Northern part where we’ll explore one of the few places of true wilderness in England - Bleaklow Mountain. Dive into the true sense of remoteness of the Dark Peak and discover stunning landscapes soaked in mystery. Come and join us for a superb hike in this less known area of the Peak District to explore spectacular hills and visit several real WW2 airplane crash sites.
• Hike up Bleaklow Mountain - Dark Peak’s second highest summit (633m)
• Enjoy spectacular far reaching panoramic views from Bleaklow of several counties plus The Yorkshire 3 Peaks mountains, Manchester city, Pendle Hill and on a clear day even the Snowdonia Mountains
• Explore a magnificent stretch of the Pennine Way
• See 3 significant plane crash sites dating back to WW2 - Dakota, Lancaster and B-29 Superfortress
• Admire the spectacular Kissing Stones of the Peak District
• Explore the stunning valley of Ashton Clough with its waterfalls
• Glance at impressive views down into Dowstone Clough
Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips
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Starting at Glossop we go along the path marked Doctor’s Gate - an ancient Roman road across the Pennines. We reach the tranquil valley of Ashton Clough with its lovely waterfalls and after a short easy scramble we come across pieces of wreckage from the Dakota plane crash of 1945. Popping out on the plateau, our path continues towards James' Thorn and the remains of a Lancaster Bomber - one of the first post WW2 plane crashes. From there we head towards Higher Shelf Stones to see the most famous wreck - the B29 Superfortress - USAF Boeing on a flight from Scampton to Burtonwood when it crashed in 1948. There is a significant amount of this wreckage left including wing, fuselage and all 4 giant engines with 18 cylinders each!
Leaving the memories of a by-gone era behind, we head to the top of Bleaklow Mountain, which offers far reaching views towards Snowdon, Liverpool and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, a lot of counties and even Snowdonia. It's no exaggeration to say you can see much of central England from this hill and even the sea past Liverpool.
We descend and return to Glossop down past the Kissing Stones, Lightside and past Dog Rock with impressive views down into Dowstone Clough and back to the bright lights of Glossop.
Transport & Meeting Point
We'll meet outside the Glossop Train Station building, on Norfolk Street, Glossop at the small car parking area in front of it at 10:00am, from where we will start the hike - please buy a parking ticket to cover all day if travelling here by car.
As it's impossible to give a precise end time it's safest for train bookings to assume between 6:00pm to 7:00pm in case of delays.
You will need transport to and from the start of this hike (which is outside London). Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help you arrange this, we have set up the trip specific lift share discussion below where you can offer/request lifts. Please contact people via this forum and post here if you can offer or need a lift or if you plan to hire a car and can offer spaces (5 or 7 seaters can be rented across London at good prices)
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We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshment.
Distance, Difficulty and Terrain
Distance: 11 miles (18km) - approx depending on the exact route
Grading: Intermediate/Challenging - click here for details:
Ascent: approx 800m
Terrain: Mix of tarmac, gravel and moorland tracks, can be muddy
Hiking time: About 4.5 to 6 hours of actual hiking
Cost and Payment
The trip is £36.00 per person which includes the guided hike. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal.
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What to Bring
• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended
• Water (at least 3 litres)
• Packed lunch/picnic and snacks
• Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike
This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (
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