Higher shelf stones + crash site
4-mile route. From Snake Pass (Pennine Way path), up to Higher Shelf Stones, visit the plane crash site then back via Pennine Way trail.read here
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Snake Pass is slightly different from the other Peak District locations, it’s the main road that runs from near Ladybower Reservoir to Glossop, covering several miles and awesome walks!
During the summer in 2021, there was a bus X57 that went from Manchester via Glossop to Sheffield along Snake Road. Timetable here. Update Jan 2022 – The service has currently been ended, no news whether it will return.
Important – In winter this road does close when the snow/ice on the road is bad.
There are numerous places to park along Snake Pass, however please note there are now double yellow lines along some sections (added January 2022). The majority are small lay-bys along the road. There is also a small car park along the road too. Below I’ve included the car park and parking spots for popular walks via Google pins since there’s no address.
Please read walks for exact details on where to park for each route as soon of these locations are spread out.
Hope Woodland car park – Perfect for woodland walks and also hiking up via Ashop Clough
Layby near Doctor’s Gate path or option 2 further down the road
Layby near Pennine Way – option for Higher Shelf Stones/plane crash walk (see 4 or 6-mile options below)
Layby near Snake Inn (closed pub) – there are two small laybys near here
There are no toilet facilities anywhere along Snake Pass.
As you’d imagine there are limited options for food and drink along Snake Pass road. At the end near Ladybower Reservoir, there is the Ladybower Cafe situated in a layby. Alternatively, there are a couple of pubs that are lovely near Ladybower Reservoir:
The above two pubs are also hotels and you can check availability and prices via Booking.com – Ladybower Inn or Yorkshire Bridge Inn
Other Booking.com options near Ladybower Reservoir in the Bamford area:
Or alternatively, there are a couple of Airbnb options:
Check out all the Airbnb accommodation options in the Peak District here.
The maps for the walks along Snake Pass routes is the Ordnance Survey OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area). Check prices here with Ordnance Survey or Amazon. If you’re hiking in all weathers the Active OS maps are good to have.
And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass
For online maps, you can get via OS Online App or Viewranger App. Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
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