South Pennines Walk
Chew Reservoir & the Pennine Way
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Walk Route Description
Using excellent public transport links, this linear Peak District walk provides the opportunity for those without their own cars to experience some of the fine sections of the Dark Peak around Black Hill and Laddow Rocks.
The walk starts at Greenfield Station (Grid ref. SD992046). On leaving the station, turn right and follow the road downhill around a sharp left hand bend. Continue for about 300m and turn right into Green Bridge Lane. Turn right to cross the bridge over Chew Brook (the first of several encounters with it) and then immediately left along a path through a housing development to reach the A635.
Cross over the road, go left for 50m, and turn right past a house, over a stile and head up the hill. At this point, things turn more promising. The urban sprawl of Greenfield is left behind and Alphin Pike lies ahead with a promise of finer things to come.
Follow the boundary wall up the hill for about 500m until a stile is reached. Cross over the wall and another one and pass through the garden of a private house to emerge at a junction of two tracks. Take the upper track. This is Intake Lane which was the route of the tramway which carried the stone used in the construction of Chew Reservoir from a quarry in Mossley.
The walk now follows a very pleasant route through woods and fields for 2.5 km. Extensive views open out over Dovestone and the Saddleworth edges and Alderman Hill and the Pots and Pans monument are visible across the valley. Chew Brook comes up to meet the path at a fine footbridge built on the abutments of the old tramway crossing where an information board tells something of the fascinating history of the operation of the tramway.
Cross over the bridge, climb up to the water company access road and follow it up the ever narrowing valley to Chew Reservoir. Walk along the south side of the reservoir and at the far end, continue along a well defined path which follows some of the streams feeding the reservoir. The desolate terrain of Black Chew Head lies to the north and further away, the Holme Moss transmitter can clearly be seen.
The streams are finally left behind and the boundary fence at Laddow Moss is reached. On a fine day, a magnificent Peak panorama opens up, Bleaklow, Kinder and Shutlingsloe all dominating the skyline to the south. The path continues down hill and after 300m, another superb vista unfurls itself as the Pennine Way is reached at Laddow Rocks (Grid ref. 056013).
Turn left on to the Pennine Way which is followed to Black Hill and then on to Wessenden Head. This section is well known to most walkers and little needs to be added; all I would say is enjoy an area which to me has a unique beauty all of its own.
On reaching Wessenden Head (Grid ref. 075072) turn right along the A635 and immediately left on to the Meltham road. After 300m, turn left down a broad track which is followed all the way to Marsden, passing four reservoirs en route. The track finally becomes a road as the edge of Marsden is reached. At the roundabout at the bottom, continue straight on and go under a bridge beneath the A62 road. With the parish church on your left, continue for 200m to a road junction. Bear left a further 200m up Station Road to Marsden station from where a train will take you back to the start at Greenfield at the end of a magnificent day's walking.
Both trains and buses (First 184) provide hourly journeys between Marsden and Greenfield on weekdays. On Sundays, there are no trains but the 184 operates at a two hourly frequency. Full details can be found on the Metro website (www.wymetro.com).
Finally, if you've just missed your train or bus, Marsden's own brewpub The Riverhead Brewery offers a most relaxing way of passing an hour (or maybe two) until the next one. A walker friendly place, it's situated in the centre of the village 200m from where you reach Station Road. Just turn right rather than left at that point cross over the bridge and it's right in front of you!
Other walks nearby
Walk 2914 The Pots & Pans from Uppermill - easy/mod - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 2517 Chew Reservoir & Fox Stone from Dovestones - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2553 Greenfield Reservoir & Raven Stones from Dovestone - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 2634 Broadstone Hill & the Cotton Famine Road - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 2521 Hollingworthall Moor & Walkerwood Reservoirs - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3607 Reservoirs Walk from Tintwistle - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 2613 Boundary Walk from Marsden to Holmfirth - moderate - 13.0 miles/21.1 km
Walk 2518 Black Hill & Four Reservoirs - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2561 Digley & Ramsden Reservoirs from Wessenden Head - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km
Walk 2359 Cuckoo Walk & Bacon Butties from Marsden - hard - 19.5 miles/31.7 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East
Guidebook describing 42 half-day and day walks in the limestone landscapes of Derbyshire's White Peak, part of the Peak District National Park. One of two volumes, this book covers the east of the region, with potential bases including Bakewell, Eyam, Castleton, Birchover, Matlock and Wirksworth.
The Pennine Way
Guidebook to the Pennine Way National Trail with OS map booklet. The 265 mile route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm takes three weeks to walk and is suitable for fit and experienced long distance walkers. The route crosses the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines National Parks. Includes separate OS 1:25,000 map booklet of the route.
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