Sunday, 9 March 2008

Pennine Way: Day 2 - Crowden to Marsden

Sunday 9th March

Distance: 16km; Ascent: 520m; with Lynsey

After breakfast in the hostel, we set off walking from the back of the hostel and cut across the bracken to reach the Pennine Way, which we followed up the valley to reach Laddow Rocks, which I had visited once before back in 2005 when Colin and I spent a day climbing there.  There were good views back down towards Longdendale from the path along the top of the crag.

View south from Laddow Rocks
From Laddow Rocks, we headed NNE to pick up Crowden Great Brook, which we followed up to Grains Moss and then on to the summit of Black Hill (Marilyn, Dewey), where the trig point has been built on top of a large cairn.  The weather was a bit better than yesterday and there were even occasional patches of blue sky!

Summit of Black Hill
After a break at the trig point, we followed the flagged path across the peat to reach the A635 road at Wessenden Head.  Here we turned right and followed the main road for a couple of hundred metres, before forking left onto a minor road and then left again onto a reservoir access track.  After passing the second reservoir, Wessenden Reservoir, we parted company with the Pennine Way and instead followed the Kirklees Way down into Marsden, from where we took the train back to Manchester.

Written up in March 2012 from photos and memories

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