Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bleaklow Wander

It was good to arrive in Old Glossop on a bright and breezy morning. We parked up near the factory buildings on Shepley street. Rather head out in the obvious direction of the Doctors Gate path, Alan suggested heading up the road a liitle where there was a track heading out onto the moor. 

We ended up on an excellent path taking us to the top of Cock Hill and then onto Torside castle. This mound was thought to have been the site of a wooden castle there appears to be some uncertainty though. There will lots of slippy wooden duckboards over here some sinking into the quagmire!

 We dropped down to a grouse butt overlooking Torside Clough and labelled "The Pulpit" and offering fine views.

 After dropping down slightly into Torside clough we headed in a Northerly direction towards the northern edge of Bleaklow. Walking across Shining Clough Moss  was not to difficult, we were well above wild boar clough, it was slightly easier. However we were proceeding in a more north easterly direction and were not where we expected to be.

Aiming cross country towards near Black Clough  we stopped in the shelter of a pleasant grassy clough for sandwiches. The path along near Black clough was excellent and we were soon at Bleaklow head.
 At the trig point on higher shelf stones I realised that we had missed the B29 memorial. I was surprised because a group of people enquired about it. After walking in a small circle we had retraced our steps and eventually found the memorial.
We returned to Old Glossop along the Doctors  Gate path and enjoyed a pint in the pub.

Matt posted some fabulous pictures on facebook

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