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Walk to take in second highest of the Peaks

Posted 20 September 2012
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Walk to take in second highest of the Peaks
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A guided walk organised by Peak District National Park Rangers will take in the highest points of Bleaklow, the second loftiest point in Derbyshire.

Located between the Snake and Woodhead passes, the Bleaklow plateau is an area of high and largely featureless moorland, although its slopes contain some interesting ascents, gorges, deep valleys and rocky outcrops.

The walk will take place on September 30th, starting at 10:30 a.m. at Torside Car Park on the B6105, four miles from Glossop, with the route covering ten miles and taking six hours to complete.

Participants are advised to bring walking boots, waterproofs and "appropriate clothing", as well as bringing drinks and a packed lunch in their backpacks.

Bleaklow's highest point is 2,077 ft above sea level, with a large cairn marking the spot and the vicinity including the Kissing Stones, two smoothed outcrops that resemble a smooching couple from one angle.

The other notable spot over 2,000 ft is Higher Shelf Stones, which stands at 2,021 ft and is marked by a trig point. Walkers heading south from the summit along the Pennine Way can find these stones to their right, with the vicinity also marked by one of the many wartime plane crash sites in the High Peak, with fragments of a Flying Fortress lying around.

Walkers on the guided event will be ascending from Longendale, but popular approach routes include the Doctor's Gate path from Glossop and the easy way across the plateau from the Snake Pass as it crosses the high moors between Bleaklow and Kinder Scout.

One attempted ascent of Bleaklow from Glossop in 1932 inspired the famous Kinder trespass staged a few weeks later.

Members of the British Workers Sports Society had been turned away from the then inaccessible moor by gamekeepers during the Easter weekend, an incident that inspired the idea of a trespass so large that no number of gamekeepers could keep ramblers off the moors.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801452959-ADNFCR