Laddow Rocks walk to Black Hill from Crowden is a great quieter route in the Peak District.
The start point at Crowden is located away from busy villages and towns so it can be less popular. Although, there is a lovely campsite, where I’ve stayed on my Pennine Way hike so you can find some signs of life (reopening in 2021).
The route takes you on a lovely walk, beginning with the hike up to Laddow Rocks which is the start of day 2 of the Pennine Way. The views of the Peak District as you ascend to Laddow Rocks are beautiful, but even more so once you’ve reached the top and can catch your breath.
You can do the day 1 route of the Pennine Way from Edale to Crowden here.
Then along the edge all the way until Black Hill (Holme Moss trig point). And from here you then loop back down past the old quarry and into Crowden. On a warm summer’s day, the route is fantastic and you’ll have no issues; however, on a rainy day there are a few small sections where you can expect wet feet, but that’s part of the fun when you go hiking, isn’t it!
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Crowden, route information, gpx file, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this route and what you think!
Laddow Rocks + Black Hill from Crowden
Laddow rocks + Black Hill walk mapClick for OS online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 07200 99231
Car parking address: Crowden car park, Woodhead Road, Glossop, SK13 1HZ
This is a free car park it is pretty small and it can be popular at weekend, there’s some parking on the side road outside if the car park is full.
There no train station near to the start of this walk. However, there is a First Group bus service that goes along the road so could drop you off at the start. The services are fairly minimal at the moment so you’d need to research beforehand.
Facilities on the walk
There is a small public toilet block available at the start of the walk at Crowden (open 8 am to 8 pm).
At Crowden campsite, (due to re-open in 2021) they have a small shop and toilets, which basic snacks and drinks. There is nothing else on the route.
During the first section of the walk, there are plenty of opportunities to collect water from the streams to drink. I use a filter water bottle or you can use purification tablets, but once you reach the flagstones up to Black Hill there aren’t any other spots.
I’ve stayed at the campsite and it’s a lovely place to stay if you want to do a longer hike or explore more of the area (due to open 2021)
Other useful information
The Laddow Rocks section is along a narrow path along the edge, if you struggle with vertigo this might be an issue for you (as it was my friend). As previously mentioned there are sections of the walk that can be slightly flooded and boggy, depending on the weather conditions.
The route is signposted in places but I would recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
Please keep the Peak District beautiful and take all your rubbish home to dispose of. Picnics are welcome but please, no disposal BBQs due to the high fire risk. Thank you.
Peak District weather
Check the weather for your walk location and hills. The moorlands are very remote and there is no protection from incoming weather.
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area)
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, there are options to buy either standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass I recommend the Silva Expedition compass
Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
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Laddow Rocks + Black Hill walk route
Stage 1 – Crowden to Laddow Rocks
Distance: 2.3 miles/3.7 km
Grid reference SK 07200 99231
From the car park head up on the path past the toilets, alongside Crowden campsite, then turn left along the road. Follow for a short distance, through two gates until you reach a public footpath on your right, signposted Pennine Way.
You’re now on the official Pennine Way trail and will remain on it all the way to Black Hill.
For now, continue following the path upwards, this is the toughest part of the hike since you ascend quickly over a short section. You’ll cross quite a few streams, handy if it’s a hot day to cool off!
Then as you reach the highest point of the hike, there’s a path heading off to the left (ignore this as it will take you over the Dovestone Reservoir – another fab walk) and Laddow Rocks are located as you reach the top of the edge.
Be sure to stop for the views here and remember to look behind you as well as they are equally beautiful in both directions!
Stage 2 – Laddow Rocks to Black Hill
Distance: 2.6 mile/4.2 km
Grid reference SE 05700 01543
From Laddow Rocks, continue along the edge on the rocky path, on windy days, this can feel scary as it’s a narrow path but take your time and watch your footing!
You’ll then ascend a small amount until you reach Crowden Great Brook.
Now depending on when you do the hike will depend on how challenging this section is. On a beautiful sunny day, you simply hop across the stones over the brook, several times, back and forth.
However, if there’s been heavy rain then it’s likely you’ll get pretty wet feet. You can either attempt to use the stones to make mini stepping stones or just go for it and walk through the water!
Once you’ve negotiated the water crossings eventually, you’ll go through a gate that leads you to a mostly flagstoned path, winding gradually uphill.
This section can seem bleak, you can see nothing for miles, but it’s also very peaceful (unless it’s a windy day). You follow the path all the way to the trig point that marks Black Hill (known as the Holme Moss trig point).
Stage 3 – Black Hill to Crowden
Distance: 3.9 miles/6.3 km
Grid reference SE 07804 04671
At Black Hill, there are a few paths leading off from the trig point, I’m afraid the flagstoned path that continues is where you now leave the Pennine Way and head across the moorlands.
Turn right onto the path (more of a feint trod) across Tooleyshaw Moss, the first section is particularly boggy, you’ll need to weave around to find the drier route through. After a few hundred metres the boggy section reduces and an route appears and you follow it all the way down.
(See notes below for adding a second trig point to this walk)
The route takes you via the old quarry, over a stile down a final steep section with another stile then either a final gate (or stile if the gate is locked) to a track. Turn left and walk towards Crowden campsite, then take the path back to the car park
Do you have any more questions about this walk from Crowden, maybe what to wear on your hike or any other questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Options for this walk – Add trig point no. 2
If you’ve started bagging the Peak District trig points (or maybe you want to start now), then you can add a second trig point to this walk by continuing on the higher route across the moor.
As you reach the small body of water on Westend Moss (SE 08165 01931) keep on the upper path and after 1.5 km you’ll reach the Hey Edge trig point, marked as Pillar on the map.
From here you then descend towards the quarry and pick up the route through the quarry then down the final steep section to the road (end of stage 3). See the online map of this amended route here.
More walks in the Peak District
Another short route near Crowden is Middle Black Clough waterfall walk, it’s only a 2-mile out and back but it would be great to tag on to the end of this route (if you still have enough energy left!)
Love the walks in the Peak District? You might like these Peak District circular walks.
- Kinder Scout Walk (via Fairbrook) From Snake Pass | 8-Mile Route
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