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Name:Black Chew Head
Hill number:3636
Height:542m / 1778ft
Parent (Ma):2810  Black Hill
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Peak District
County/UA:Derbyshire (CoU), Oldham (CoU)
County (CoA):Greater Manchester (CoA)
Class:Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top
Grid ref:SE 05612 01965
Summit feature:ground 3m N of small cairn with large post near stile in fence
Col:507m  SE060045  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 110
(1:25k) OL1W
Observations:ground c 20m N is 10cm lower; ground c 40m E over fence is 15cm lower
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Greater Manchester (1974) administrative county top
  • Oldham current county/UA top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 201 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
As part of lovely snowy walk with Dazz, with Featherbed MossJoolz50002/02/2019
Up and back from Crowden via the Pennine Way. A grim old day.MountainTerrier28/11/2018
With E. Parked at Dove Stones Reservoir car park. 60 pence for 3 hours, £1.30 all day. Chew Road > Chew Reservoir > Black Chew Head Oldham UA summit > Featherbed Moss trig point > Hoarstone Edge Tameside UA summit > Alphin Pike trig point > Dove Stones Reservoir car park. The post was on ground so replaced it and tried to pack a couple more stones around base.Beeliner24/10/2018
Plenty of parking at Wessenden Head on A635. Upd via Pennine Way over black Hill. Seems easiest to approach top from due east from PW, rather than walk along fence up ridge from NNE. Post still there, but wonky, Straitened it up, but cairn not really big enough to support weight and didn't have time to hunt for more rocks. Return to car back along PW. Only one E&W Administrative County tops to go!Hillsidenick13/09/2018
After Hoarstone Edge back from Stable Stones Brow along edge path to Chew Reservoir then along footpath, hard to follow in places, it crosses two streams but people have followed the streams making new paths that peater out, went cross heather to highpoint, the post was at 45 degrees, I straightened it but don't lean on it. Followed fence to footpath then back to Chew reservoir, Dove Stones Res and home.Walkingthedog08/06/2018
From Crowden - took the path heading towards Chew Reservoir and then followed the fence along the ridge over some questionable ground. Fortunately there is a dirty great pole to mark the summit. Relatively straightforward to get from there back to the Pennine Way, although I wouldn't want to do it if the ground was wet.RedAndy5407/05/2018
From Crowden via the Pennine Way in deep snow. Very hard going getting from the Pennine Way across to the fence line through the snow.Wheelsy16/12/2017
A rather purgatorial walk (especially on the descent over White Low) with CH and KF from Crowden: Pennine Way - Black Chew Head - Black Hill - White Low - Crowden. Followed ROW from PW to fence then along fence to summit.Mark Jackson24/10/2017
From Dove Stones,road up to Chew reservoir then very boggy pathandy6306/09/2017
County top walk from Crowden a five mile walk using the Pennine way then taking the left path at Laddow rocks to reach the boundary fence turning right and following to reach a stile to gain access to the top only ten meters on the other side, the pole that has been pictured standing out of a small pile of stones is still broken.WAYNE ROWLETT28/05/2017
Final Derbyshire and East Midlands Tump. Strange that Derbyshire is considered to be in the East Midlands when this hill is so far north west. Pennine Way path from Crowden leads to short walk over boggy ground to unspectacular hp. Otherwise pleasant and impressive walk up.Campbell Singer01/02/2017
Short round 3 Deweys on cold clear winter daywychwood27/01/2017
Crowden, Hoarstone Edge, Featherbed Moss, Black Chew Head, meteor crash site, Black Hill, White Low, Crowden. In snow flurries, frozen ground and thick cloud with Mart & Daisy.John Eley22/01/2017
On a beautiful cold sunny blue day from Dovestones via Chew reservoir then out across the icy moor to the summit post, we meander to the trig afterwards, watch the helicopter spreading heather to repair moor, then back via the Chew.briandavies20/01/2017
Penultimate Derbyshire hill with Neil H Tried to replace the pole which was lying on the groundMark Sims10/10/2016
My final Derbyshire Tump. Short detour from the Pennine Way on descent from Black Hill at the end of a 37km loop from Crowden.davidpettit8404/09/2016
From Black Hill on PW. Left PW at large outcrop and walked uphill. Came to fence slightly south of stile and cairn.mart079719/03/2016
7/8 Seventh of great day in peak district (Chinley Churn/Chinley Churn Old GR/Mount Famine/South Head/White Low/Black Hill/Black Chew Head/Featherbed Moss)Fergalh19/03/2016
3rd hill of 5 on a very testing in windy rain/sleet conditions. Started at Mossley station to reservoir, Hoarstones edge, Stable stones brow, high land between Hoarstone edge and Alphin pike, Featherbed moss and on bearing to fence. Followed to Cairn and explored all immediate high land. No post visible!Dazingdale08/02/2016
Spine Race 2016 - Pennine WayRichCranswick09/01/2016
On a walk from Marsden to Hadfield.alistairpooler25/10/2015
From Crowden over Featherbed Moss and Windgate Edge to Hoarstone Edge and back via Black Chew Head. The Post is down people, repeat - The-Post-Is-Down! :)mcallmar09/10/2015
I parked at Crowden and then followed the Pennine Way, then North West to Laddow Moss, then Black Chew Head from there, there is no path!, so it is a time to test your map reading and walking on a bearing skills, particularly, when is pouring with irain and your are lost in cloud! Pillar good condition, very exposed at the base, no views at all today.griefmiester21/09/2015
With Simon and Judith from Crowden but only three of us diverted from the Penine Way to BCH. Put the post back up.Newton Maximus19/09/2015
Crowden -> Featherbed Moss -> Chew Reservoir -> Hoarstone Edge -> Black Chew Head -> Black Hill -> White Low. Not recommended in anything but dry weather, very boggy in places once off the paved path! From Featherbed moss I'm certain that heading north to the track by the reservoir rather than trying to cross over Windgate Edge saved a bit of time/discomfort, also allows you to walk along the edge itself which is far more interesting :)the_adam18/07/2015
With Featherbed Moss from Crowdon via Pen Way. Further to earlier logs the pole is back.PepandJen05/07/2015
Solo. The wooden pole has snapped and is lying on the small cairn.Dangerous Dave04/06/2015
From Crowden car park. Originally planned to follow Pennine Way but headed north west instead over snow and rough ground to Rakes Moss and then north east towards Laddow Moss. Opted to return down the Pennine Way!bolton29/12/2014
Crowden car park N. along Pennine Way for a couple of hundred metres NW along track & then across Rakes Moss (not recommended) to trig point on Featherbed Moss (Solo) Met up with PM & CM at summit of Black Chew Head Joined the Pennine Way at Laddow Rocks Crowden.gerrybowes29/12/2014
From Crowden car park in an anti-clockwise direction. Snow from about 450m so a bit of a trudge in mist. Pennine way down was easier to follow and going to Black Chew Head was easy enough. Slow day as difficult to get any rythm with ice on the paths where there was no snow.SS13/12/2014
Start ~ 074993, Crowden. Followed Pennine Way up to Laddow Rocks, took left hand path at fork then followed fence to summit.Cloudy, windy day. With Wombourne.steve hudson11/11/2014
Parked at GR 074993, Crowden, large car park and toilets. Followed Pennine Way to Laddow Rocks then branched left on good path until a fence is reached. An indistinct path follows the fence through some bog to the summit cairn. Descended E to pick up the PW back to car. The path initially follows along the edge of the cliff which would give spectacular views but there was a strong wind and rain. With SH.wombourne11/11/2014
With Jo, circular walk from Crowden: Laddow Rocks, Featherbed Moss, Black Chew Head (pole appears to be about 25m south of spot height on OS map), Black Hill (higher ground north of trig?), White Low, returning via Hey Edge trig and the interesting quarries. Weather; generally sunny with high intermittent clouds, cool breeze, good visibility.amblerbob04/08/2014
Walked from Crowden up to White Low, Black Hill, out and back to Black Chew Head and across to Featherbed Moss trig, walk south of trig on very hard terrain and eventually found the Pennine Way again, back into Crowden.DanTrig03/08/2014
From Dovestones Reservoir pay and display car park (£1.30 for all day parking). Hoarstone Edge > Black Chew Head > Featherbed Moss. Rebuilt post into cairn.David Gradwell24/07/2014
Walked up from Crowden car park following Pennine Way , Nice walk in sunny conditions . left PW just after Laddow Rocks , great views from there . Saw the photo tucked in the small cairn . Post was lying on ground .Haygalzer08/06/2014
Crowden>Featherbed Moss>Black Chew Head>Black Hill>Tooleyshaw Moss>Westend Moss>Crowden. Very hard walk for the distance (10 miles). Path very hard to find, treacherous bogs, crevices and tussocks.Lazylizzie17/05/2014
From Crowden CP. Up to PW and followed through to Laddow rocks, w Jenx. FP to boundary fence, then back to get trig on Featherbed Moss. Black Chew Head 'post' on a day of scuttering heavy showers but reasonable vis inbetween. Onward to Black Hill, then a soggy moorland path to White Low and Westend Moss. Descent easily down good (if wet) paths to start.nordicstar11/05/2014
Ascended with Andrew from Crowden. Black and White photo of Tony Wilson the Manchester Music Mogul still buried under the small cairn. Wooden stake post has snapped in wind. Could not remove the section in the ground but managed to jam the rest of the stake in-between the stones to stand it up. Won't last next high wind - needs a more permanent repair. Our first Wilson bagged - only 9 more to go!pwhitaker_196614/04/2014
With 5610. Easy parking Crowden. Pennine Way to gate then partly path for the 400m ish to Black Chew Head. Path mainly indistinct from the gate to Featherbed Moss.destaylor19/09/2013
PWNick Caunt08/09/2013
KJF from Crowden YHcrazy26/07/2013
Very sunny day up from Crowdensimon and co11/07/2013
walked from dove stones reservoirJwestead31/05/2013
With G. Crowden > Black Chew Head > Black Hill > Westend Moss > CrowdenRT197027/04/2013
Crowden>Featherbed Moss>Black Chew Head>Black Hill>White Low>Crowden. One of the hardest walks for the distance ever walked. Springy, boggy, lots of potential to twist ankles, lying snow in groughs so no way of knowing how deep they were and caught out a few times. I'm glad I have ticked this foursome off but I'm not sure I would return, the going is just so unpleasant. I hope the man we met on the top managed to get back OK, he didn't seem to know where he was going. Enjoyed the food, beers and whisky in Sheffield afterwards though.RichieRambler16/02/2013
Arctic conditions. Deep snow being whipped up by gale force winds. Only able to see the post when within 20 metres. Heading back to warmth and Succour nowmoorsman28/01/2013
Out and Back from Crowden DS WSFred Windsor05/06/2012
Adrian Hill Graham Fewtrell Stuart Holloway and Justin Pounds walked Good Friday.morrislube06/04/2012
From Dove Stones Reservoir. adrianturner11/03/2012