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 Tintwistle, Derbyshire, 27th May 2018

'A' Walk - 11 miles.  Leader - Alan Taylor. Grade - strenuous.  Ascent - 2100 feet.

 Tintwistle lies on the North Western fringes of the Peak District – just! It is the gateway to a wild wilderness – and where we’ll be going to today.

Laddow RocksLaddow RocksHeading off in a generally northerly and clockwise direction from Tintwistle, along a small tarmac lane, we will get to Arnfield following which we cross a few grassy fields with stocks of sheep and lambs as inhabitants. We soon get to the open access land and where the fun begins!!

We briefly cross the Peak District boundary as we track along Ogden Clough to reach the open, boggy, moors of Arnfield Flats, Ormes Moor and the Wilderness (aptly named!). The track that we need over these moors does not correspond with its’ position as shown on an OS Map – on the day of the recce, and doing the walk in a clockwise direction from Tintwistle, I just happened to stumble across the path after attempting to follow the OS interpretation of it - it was easy to follow after that. I immediately thought that I should do the walk in the opposite direction as it was easy to pick the path up on the lower reaches of the moor . . . fingers crossed!!!

After negotiating the ‘Wilderness’ we arrive at Chew Reservoir – those that have a good memory will remember being there in August 2017 and shortly afterwards of being engulfed by Heather Flies whilst walking over those moors – not these moors!!! We now have to travel over more of the boggy terrain until we get to Laddow Rocks whereupon the track becomes markedly easier . . . and down hill!!!.

 An example of the terrain on this side of the moors can be seen in the accompanying picture - looking downwards towards Crowden . Notice Bleaklow in the distance – it looks fine here but very shortly afterwards it was shrouded in mist and rain was belting down on it . . . and us!!! Be prepared for rapidly changing and cooler weather conditions at this height and in this area!!!

 We pick up the Pennine Way at Laddow Rocks and stay with it all the way down until we get to Torside Reservoir (one of the string of reservoirs in the area . . . .

the number of reservoirs in the area is a bit of a clue as to the climate in these parts!!!).

After crossing the dam wall of the reservoir we now pick up the Trans Pennine Trail (Cycle Way) to take us along to the dam wall between the Valehouse and Bottoms reservoirs. A short while later we will be in to Tintwistle village and will be able to enjoy the comforts of the newly refurbished Bull’s Head Inn which has history dating back to the 16th century.

'B' Walk - 8 miles.  Leader - Maureen Dransfield & Barbara Morris.  Grade - easy.    Ascent 1089 feet.

Tintwistle lies in the eastern part of the Londendale Valley. The valley marks the boundary between the counties of Derbyshire and Greater Manchester.

 Crowden CloughCrowden CloughWe start the walk crossing the weir over Bottoms reservoir. We follow paths alongside the water onto Valehouse reservoir where we start climbing away from the water and into open countryside which is part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

 After crossing  the bridge over Rhodeswood  and Torside reservoir we pass through woodland paths and over into Crowden car park.

 After lunch we have a climb where we have spectacular  views of Lads Leap to our right and Peaknaze Moor over to our left.

We wend our way back along wood side paths where we have displays of bluebells, ducks with ducklings and on the recce we were lucky to see deer.

 This is a lovely varied walk. We hope you have a great day.

 'C' Walk - 6 miles.  Leader - Rosemarie Leetham. Grade - moderate.  Ascent - 870 feet.

This is a pleasant walk around the length of 3 reservoirs, Bottoms Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir and Rhodeswood Reservoir, although it is by no means tedious as we often lose sight of LongdendaleLongdendaleall that water as we go to higher ground. The paths are mostly very good.

We start with refreshments at the Bull’s Head with TT’s promised. We may have to start with a short ascent to get us to the pub. Once refreshed we descend to the main road  and after crossing it we head for the first reservoir.  After crossing the dam we make our way along the Goyt Valley Way close to the edge of the reservoir for about ½ mile. We then leave the reservoir and ascend a field quite steeply for less than 300 yards. When we reach the top we have very easy walking for just under 2 miles along the Longdendale trail.  

We have now reached our halfway mark. After crossing Torside Dam we will be ready for our lunch and then continue along Valehouse Wood, quite a scenic area with a few ups and downs. When we once more reach Bottoms Reservoir we have less than a mile to go before we get back to the Pub.

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