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Name:Bleaklow Head
Hill number:2808
Height:633m / 2077ft
Parent (Ma):2807  Kinder Scout
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Peak District
County/UA:Derbyshire (CoU)
Catchment:Mersey, Trent
Watershed:Humber Estuary, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Liverpool Bay, Land's End to John o' Groats, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall, Buxton & Lewis,
Bridge, Trail 100
(Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg,T100)
Grid ref:SK 09462 96068
Summit feature:tiny cairn on peat hag
Drop:128m
Col:505m  SK064900  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 110
(1:25k) OL1W
Observations:cairn is 0.75m higher than top of large cairn 50m W at SK 09415 96075
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Nuttalls give the large cairn at SK092959 but mention that the new location is slightly higher. Bridge also gave this position together with an alternative at SK115963.
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Debs and Talisker from top of Snake PassMountain Goat09/11/2018
From Snake Pass along Pennine Way. Weather fine on way and turned to hail on the way back via Higher Shelf Stones where a hail shower made it tricky for ten minutes or so.Longwojo28/10/2018
Dearne Valley Walking Group WalkSteveP02/09/2018
From Snake Pass to Higher Shelf Stones - Lower Shelf Stones - Hern Stones - Wain Stones - Bleaklow Head - Bleaklow Hill - Bleaklow Stones - 12 miles on a dry but very windy day.Delta6818/08/2018
Easy 8km along Pennine Way from Snake Passrlee504027/07/2018
Bleaklow Head > Bleaklow Hill > Bleaklow Stones from GR: SK 08805 92901ronaldo33321/07/2018
Came up from Torside car park. Same route up along the Pennine Way as last time. With Shan Gallagher, Finn & Alfie. Drove here from Beverley for a day in The Peaks. Fabulous place to visit! We were here to find the Bleaklow Stones. Much better than the summit of Bleaklow Head. Back the same way. Celebratory pints in the Monk's Walk, Beverley.Dangerous Dave11/06/2018
Started from Torside CP. Tried shortcut beneath Long Gutter Edge but ended up battling through undergrowth. Stuck to the Pennine Way on the return. 433m ascentRoguePulsar09/06/2018
From Snake pass. Featherbed Top, Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow Head and Alport Moor. Grey and Windy.Alunrees3306/04/2018
Out and back from Torside Reservoir to Bleaklow Head and Higher Shelf stones along PWDan Baddeley11/03/2018
From Snake Pass Inn via Snake Woods, with Higher Shelf Stones.RedAndy5414/01/2018
From Old Glossop via Yellow Stacks, Dog Rocks and Shelf Moss on to Pennine Way. Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head. Back down Pennine Way and out to Higher Shelf Stones. Back to Pennine Way down Devil's Dike and Doctor's Gate to Old Glossop.raymooremanx02/12/2017
Third visit to Bleaklow Head. With Dave on a cold dreich day. Parked at Crowden and ascended Wildboar Clough. Very green and slimy, ice in places, treacherous underfoot - enjoyable though. Hill fog on plateau, ideal for nav practice. Walked to Bleaklow Head then followed Pennine Way back to Crowden - got down as dusk fell.Skip02/12/2017
Night assault along the Pennine Way from top of Snake Pass. Track mostly good although lost (and re-found) a few times. Detoured via Higher Shelfstones on the return - peat hags much more interesting in the dark.jonglew03/11/2017
13.6 mile circular from Glossop in clear, cold and sunny conditions, Followed road from Glossop to Hadfield and walked along Longdendale Trail to where it meets Pennine Way, climbed Pennine Way onto Torside Clough and followed it to summit, took Pennine Way south for little way then cut across moor and bog to the plane crash and trig on Higher Shelf Stones, back along trails to Pennine Way then followed Doctors Gate Path back down to Glossop. Classic walk, quite wet and boggy on paths, this is our 8th ascent of Bleaklow.DanTrig29/10/2017
From Snake Pass along the Pennine Way.Peter_W_Mitchell 14/10/2017
Late afternoon walk in the sunshine. From Snake Pass; back by Higher Shelf Stones.Winterfloodian28/09/2017
not too boggy despite lots of rain recently solo continued on with the pennine waycolinfielding12/09/2017
Pennine Way walkTaz3823/08/2017
Layby By Devils Elbow - Peak Naze - Clough Head - Pennine Way - Shelf Moss - Bleaklow Head - Harrop Moss - Small Clough - Cock Hill (Trig) - Clough Head - Layby By Devils Elbow - Sunny and Blue a beautiful day.briandavies16/07/2017
Ashton Clough, Yellowslacks, Bleaklow Head, and Higher Shelf Stoneshillexplorer26/05/2017
Evening ascent from Torside Reservoir following Pennine Way alongside Torside Clough to Bleaklow Head, the cutting across to the Hern Stones, and on to Higher Shelf Stones. Returned via the same route, ~ 16 Km, 500 m ascent, beautify sunny evening.VirtualMountain23/05/2017
Parked at the Snake Pass and went up the Pennine Way, on a family hillwalk. A lovely lunch at the summit and then on to Higher Shelf Stones. With ST, JT and HT.Sprog07/05/2017
Completed on Easter Sunday minus my middle daughter who had no intention, completed with my wife, eldest daughter and Son.Weather was shocking, also underfoot was pretty poor too. Never the less another one bagged.cushy16/04/2017
On circular Transpeak walk led by David out and back from Glossop. Weather misty and cool at this point, underfoot boggy but okay.JOHNS15/10/2016
Very windyAlex1759529/09/2016
Duke & Bob Z1402hrs.DukeNukem09/09/2016
Didn't seem much of a climb from Snake Pass, but enjoyed it none the less.Altheus09/08/2016
From the Snake Pass road in the mist .Haygalzer16/07/2016
nice short walk with a group kelly debs carl and othersDarren-44319/06/2016
From Wildboar CloughJohn Eley05/06/2016
Part of a circuit that included Bleaklow Headhillexplorer05/05/2016
1/3 First of three. This day had everything rain, wind, sun, fog, snow, hailstones (Bleaklow Head/Higher Shelf Stones/Alport Moor)Fergalh30/04/2016
From Snake pass via Higher Shelfstones.mart079710/04/2016
Revisiting Bleaklow with Dave and his parents. One-way two-car walk from summit of Snake Pass to Higher Shelf Stones and Bleaklow Head then descend to Torside visitor centre. Good weather again - hazy sunshine.Skip20/03/2016
with grant from snake passrkid8401/03/2016
My 2nd hill of 5 on a great traverse from Hadfield station to Edale station via Mouselow castle, skirting Glossop and then heading up the beautiful Yellowslacks brook, scrambling in and out of the watercourse until reaching the plateaux from where I took a heading to the large cairn. This time I headed East to bag the true summit before joining the Pennine way heading South.Dazingdale27/02/2016
Climbed alone along Pennine Way from Torside Reservoir. Cold day with ice and dusting of snow higher up. Mostly sunny with good visibility. First part of walk along Clough Edge is spectacular. Thereafter its bleak moorland with a lunar landscape of peat hags and groughs. Surprisingly wild considering Manchester is only 15 miles away (the skyscrapers are easily visible!). Visited large cairn, Wain Stones and numerous hags to ensure I bagged the summit. Returned same route. Time 4 hours.jamessteel10015/02/2016
Beginning of the Spine ChallengerYanndroid16/01/2016
Spine Race 2016 - Pennine WayRichCranswick09/01/2016
Summited as part of Spine Racedc9609/01/2016
Revisit with Powsers MC on brilliantly sunny day. From Doctor's Gate Culvert, a fairly direct up & down line to Grinah Stones then back following the main ridge & PW. Re-seeding has transformed much of the raw peat into greenery.Smudge01/11/2015
With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave04/10/2015
Nothing bleak about Bleaklow todaydavechick04/10/2015
Group walk with Miko, Helen, Jim and Dave. Eleven-mile circular from Old Glossop: Doctors Gate, Snake Pass, Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow Head, Cock Hill, descent by the old quarry road. Great weather - hazy sunshine, cool breeze - and the Bleaklow plateau looked magnificent. The aircraft crash site was sombre and moving.Skip04/10/2015
A dreary trudge up from the snake pass car park, a massive cairn but the small one on the peat hag is higher, t100/36bardolph26/09/2015
I lunched by the side of the A57 and then followed the sunken path to Bleaklow Head. I had not researched the summit, and when I arrived at the large cairn on the path and checked the GPS, I realised that the highest point lay a few hundred yards to the south-west a smaller cairn with a barely noticeable height gain.peter4lc07/09/2015
Walked from Snake Pass layby, up the Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head then across minor paths to look at the remains of the USAF Boeing RB-29A Superfortress near Higher Shelf Stones and visit that summit. Warm and windy day.Lazylizzie21/08/2015
My 100th hill! Was convinced a couple of the peat hags were higher than the main cairn, glad I checked them now - stone added to the small one :)the_adam06/08/2015
Went up for Longdendale via The Pennine Way, went in and out to Higher Shelf Stones and down via Near Black Clough.Footsteps26/04/2015