Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk + Map | 2-Mile Route

Middle Black Clough waterfall walk

Here’s a fantastic waterfall walk you can do in the Peak District. Middle Black Clough waterfall is a short but challenging walk – if you enjoy an adventure then this is the walk for you.

The waterfall is located on a clough hidden away from the road, not too far from Crowden. On the way, you explore the beautiful woodland whilst following the clough into this remote part of the Peak District.

You’ll need to be prepared for this walk as there’s a water crossing, so bring your wellies, and there’s also a small amount of scrambling. (Read other information for more details).

Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the waterfall walk, a map and GPX file, route information, plus a detailed step-by-step guide of the walk.

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Middle Black Clough near Crowden

Green trees and rocks
Heading up the path next to the Clough

Walk information + GPX

Walk type: Short linear walk (with scrambling)

Distance: 2 miles/3.3 km

Walk time: 1-1.5 hours

Total ascent: 180 m/590 ft

Highest point: 352 m/1,155 ft

Walk highlights: Following the path up Middle Black Clough + the Middle Black Clough Waterfall

Trigs: 0

Ethels: 0

Stiles: 0

gpx file

Middle Black Clough waterfall walk map

Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk Map
Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk Map
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Walk start point

Start grid reference: SK 11141 99937

Car parking address: Woodhead Road, near Woodhead Reservoir, Glossop, SK13 1JE – Google location

Layby on A628 road
Layby for parking on A628 road (road closed when I did the walk)

Please note – this is not the exact postcode for the location, but will get you to near the location on the A628 road. Here’s the pinned location for the parking.

There are three small lay-bys just off the A628 where you can park for free on this walk.

Public transport

There are no public transport options for this walk

Facilities on the walk

There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk. The nearest pub after or before your walk is the Bull’s Head at Glossop.

Water on your walk – I recommend a filter water bottle for your Peak District walks, it saves you from carrying extra weight and you can fill up safely and drink water from the streams on your walk.

Other useful information

If you’re visiting a waterfall in the Peak District they are always more impressive after we’ve had some rain; however, this does mean the water crossing can be higher and trickier.

Water crossing to waterfall
Water crossing to the waterfall

The day I did the walk, it had been raining in the days prior so the water crossing was deep. I also met a family with small children (in wellies) who walked across the ford. Why do kids always have cooler wellies – I want adult crocodile ones like these!

Wearing hiking boots I opted to hike further up and cross at a shallower point, using rocks as stepping stones, but this then means you have a second crossing, further along, to get on the right side of the clough.

Looking for some waterproof hiking boots? Cotswold Outdoor has a fab range and there are often ones in the clearance section too!

After you’ve crossed the water there’s then a short section which you need to scramble alongside the clough, it’s not too challenging.

Peak District weather

Check the weather for your walk location and hills. It’s worth checking the weather for rain prior to your walk, if it’s been raining too much it might not be safe to cross.

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Ordnance Survey Walk Map

The map for this walk is the Ordnance Survey OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area).

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Middle Black Clough waterfall
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Middle Black Clough waterfall walk route

Stage 1 – A628 parking layby to Middle Black Clough waterfall

Distance: 1 miles/1.6 km

Grid reference SK 11132 99948

From the parking lay-by, on the far side of the road, head east up the road, away from Woodhead Reservoir, where you can see it bend around to the right.

Trans Pennine Signpost
Trans Pennine Trail signpost

Cross over the road and down a track, fingerpost sign for TPT West (Trans Pennine Trail). At the bottom, turn right then follow the path around and over the River Etherow. Now follow this path with the river on your left, you’ll go past a small waterfall on the walk.

After 500 metres, you’ll reach a ford across the clough, ignore this and keep heading up the rocky path into the woods. After the first crossing, it’s another 400 metres until the next point to cross.

It’s a wide crossing and depending on the water level you’ll need to pick the best route across (wellies advisable).

Rocky path
Rocky path up to the waterfall

Once safely across, you then follow the clough all the way up the rocky path until you reach the waterfall – you can’t miss it!

Note – at the crossing, there is a narrow path heading uphill, this is really steep and exposed in places but you can follow this and find a narrower place to cross (if you didn’t bring wellies). You’ll then need to navigate through the terrain on the other side and do a second water crossing.

Waterfall with green plants
Middle Black Clough Waterfall

Stage 2 – Middle Black Clough waterfall to A628

Distance: 1 mile/1.6 km

Grid reference SK 11619 99010

Top of waterfall
Views from the top of the waterfall

Once you’ve had fun exploring the waterfall, from below and above, the best way back down is via the same route along the clough.

There are not many options to extend this loop other than doing a much longer walk up to Bleaklow. See details below.

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Other options for this walk

Extend the walk

If you continue heading uphill from this waterfall you end up on Bleaklow, but this section is very hard to navigate and it’s easy to get lost and spend hours up there as there are not many features.

I’d recommend if you want to do a longer walk to head back down from the waterfall then go back up via Near Black Clough, you can follow this path up to Bleaklow, pick up the Pennine Way to Torside Reservoir. And then take the Longendale Trail alongside Torside Reservoir and Woodhead Reservoir back to the start.

This walk is 11 miles/18 km, plus the extra section up to the waterfall and back down.

Bleaklow longer walk – route map here

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Middle Black Clough waterfall

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