Fairbrook path to Kinder Scout

Fairbrook path to Kinder Scout

Mountain Hare on Kinder Scout

Mountain Hare on Kinder Scout

Rock formations on the edge of Kinder Scout plateau

Rock formations on Kinder Scout

Snake Pass information


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How to get there?

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.

Where to park?

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 Blackden Brook

Layby near Snake Inn (closed pub) – there are two small laybys near here

Toilet facilities

There are no toilet facilities anywhere along Snake Pass. 

Where to eat and drink?

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:

Accommodation options

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.


walks from Snake Pass

Snake pass short walks (up to 6 miles)

Snake pass Medium walks (7 to 12 miles)

Snake pass long walks (13+ miles)

buy your walk maps 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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Peak District Walks have their own charity patches raising funds for the 'Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation' (charity no. 506681) - supporting the seven Mountain Rescue Teams in the Peak District. Order our very own 'Peak District Walks' design or select from one of our location patches - Mam Tor, Kinder Scout, Thorpe Cloud, The Roaches or Win Hill patch. Please visit our shop below. If you'd like to know when new designs are created, join our mailing list here to be notified.

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Charity Patches

Mam Tor Patch


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Kinder Scout Patch


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Thorpe Cloud Patch


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The Roaches Patch


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Win Hill Patch


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Peak District Walks Patch

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