Laddow Rocks + Black Hill via Pennine Way From Crowden | 9-Mile Route

Laddow Rocks in the Peak District

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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 tends to 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 (although not at the moment, obviously!).

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 as you ascend to Laddow Rocks are beautiful, but even more so once you’ve reached the top and can catch your breath.

Then along the edge all the way until Black Hill 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!

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Laddow Rocks + Black Hill from Crowden

Hills and rocks
Views from Laddow Rocks

Walk information

Walk type: Medium circular walk

Distance: 9 miles/14 km

Walk time: 4-5 hours

Total ascent: 589 m/1,932 ft

Highest point: 581 m/1,906 ft

Walk highlights: Laddow Rocks, walking along the Pennine Way, trig point at Black Hill

gpx file

Laddow rocks + Black Hill walk map

Crowden walk map in Peak District
Crowden walk map
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Walk start point

Start grid reference: SK 07200 99231

Car parking address: Crowden car park, Woodhead Road, Glossop, SK13 1HZ

The car park is pretty small, but it’s not too popular so you shouldn’t find a problem getting a space

Parking Cost

Free parking

Public transport

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 are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Crowden or on the rest of the route.

However, there is Crowden campsite, currently closed for the remainder of 2020, but they do have a small shop and toilets, you might be able to use. They have a passcode so you’ll need to ask in the shop.

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.

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 always recommend you take a map and compass (see below).

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Ordnance Survey Walk Map

The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area)

You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey

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.

There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!

For online maps, you can get via OS Online App or Viewranger App.

Check here for one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.


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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 to the entrance of Crowden campsite, then turn left along the road. Follow for a short distance until you reach a public footpath on your right.

You’re now on the official Pennine Way trail and will remain on it all the way to Black Hill.

Green hills in the Peak District
Near the start of the hike heading up to Laddow Rocks

For now, continue following the path upwards, this is the toughest part of the hike since you ascend quite quickly over a short section. You’ll cross quite a few little streams, handy if it’s a hot day to cool off!

Rocky edge and green hills
Walking towards Laddow Rocks

Then as you reach the highest point of the hike, 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 you continue all the way along the edge, on windy days, this can feel pretty scary as it’s a narrow path but take your time and watch your foot!

Green hills
Views as you descend towards Crowden Great Brook

You’ll 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!

Water crossing
Crowden Great Brook on a lovely summer’s day
Water crossing
Another summer day (but a wet one!)

Once you’ve negotiated the water crossing eventually you’ll go through a gate that then leads you on a mostly flagstoned path.

This section seems particularly bleak, you can see nothing for miles, but it’s also very peaceful (unless it’s a windy day).

You now simply follow the path all the way to the trig point that marks Black Hill.

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.

Flagstones leading to Trig Point at Black Hill
Trig point at Black Hill

Turn right onto the path across Tooleyshaw Moss, the first section is particularly boggy so you might need to find the drier route through, but after a few hundred metres the path becomes more obvious and you follow it all the way down.

The route takes you via the old quarry, then down a final steep section to the road, where you turn left and follow it round to Crowden campsite, then back to the car park

Do you have any more questions about this walk, maybe what to wear on your hike or any other questions? Ask me in the comments below.

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