Walk Report: Black Hill from Crowden

Date: 23rd Feb 2008
Stats: 10.5 miles, 1800 feet
Weather: No rain, low cloud, very windy on top, wet underfoot
Trig Points: 3: TP7322 – Hey Edge, TP3980 – Holme Moss, TP3130 – Featherbed Moss
County Tops: 2: West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester UA
Other Info: Free car parking and toilets at Crowden
Summary: Crowden, Hey Edge, White Low, Tooleyshaw Moss, Black Hill, Pennine Way, Black Chew Head, Featherbed Moss, Crowden


Key to symbols:
= Trig Point     = County Top

Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
On the approach to Hey Edge, looking up the valley towards the cloud
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
Hey Edge pillar – not strictly a trig point as it was never actually used for triangulation by the OS – desolate spot for it.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
The ‘path’ for want of a better word. The stakes are so sparse as to be useless. Its more soggy than boggy though and its nothing like as bad as I was expecting.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
More mud and more peat, there was almost four miles of this terrain, which gets quite tiring after a while.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
I guess there used to be a fence here – once upon a time.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
This is what the feet of hundreds of thousands of walkers does to a bank of peat
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
Oh great! Even the stiles have protective moats surrounding them 🙂
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
The misty and very, very windy summit of Black Hill. This is a double-bagger for me. Its a trig point and the high point of West Yorkshire. The three obviously hardened walkers wanted nothing to do with me.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
Now on the Pennine Way and some of the worst sections have been paved – thankfully!
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
This is Crowden Great Brook, looking back up the path towards Sliddens Moss
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
The path winds down the west side of the Brook, meanwhile on the other side we can see what is described as a ‘castle’ on the OS map.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
The rather unspectacular highpoint of the Unitary Authority of Greater Manchester – Black Chew head – another county top for me today – thats not bad. This is well off the beaten path and requires some GPS navigation and lots of tussocky grass.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
The trig point at Featherbed Moss – This is half a mile from the Pennine Way footpath across Peat Hag, bog and tussocky grass. I had to obscure crude graffiti with mud before I got a photo – I find it quite bizarre how people will walk well off the usual path, across some truly awful terrain to arrive at a place like this and then vandalise it.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
Laddow Rocks, looking back up the valley with the Brook running to the right of shot.
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
A wider shot of Laddow Rocks
Black Hill and Black Chew Head from Crowden
Looking down the path towards Crowden – now full of people coming up the track towards me. The weather was starting to brighten – which is about par for the course for my day walks 🙂

lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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