First of all I apologise for the photographs. The weather was a bit of a surprise considering the weather forecast didn't seem as though it would be too bad. On the day there were high winds and low cloud, that is until I got back to the car, then the sun came out. Considering the views I had in poor weather in good weather there would be fantastic views making the walk very satisfying. The first half of the walk follows the Pennine Way.
|Part way up towards Laddow Rocks looking back to Crowden.|
From Crowden the Pennine Way approaches Laddow Rocks, a route which is quite steep making for a good lung burner on the way up. Once up to the rocks the path levels out somewhat before it drops slightly into a small valley with a brook running through. On the left of this is Little Clough.
|Near to Little Clough.|
The path continues to Meadowgrain Clough which is a little muddy in places and observation is needed here as the path can get a little vague.
|Looking back from near Meadowgrain Clough.|
From there is the approach to Dun Hill. This is quite a steady climb but be careful not to step off the path else your foot may disappear. Mine did at one point to the ankle and I exerted very little pressure. Some might consider the paths unsightly but the ground here is quite fragile and dangerous.
|The approach to Dun Hill.|
|Looking back from the Dun Hill approach.|
Once at the top of Black Hill (Soldiers Lump) it's a good idea to go back the way you came for around one hundred yards to a drier area. In good weather the cairn on Tooleyshaw Moss is visible, unless it's like the day I was there and 50 meters was good visibility. After walking back the way I had come for about 50 meters to avoid the ponds on Black Hill I ended up having to work my way through the heather and bog on a heading of around 130 degrees. About 200 meters along I could see Home Moss mast directly to the east and I could just make out the cairn on Tooleyshaw Moss about 30 meters in the same direction.
|The cairn on Tooleyshaw Moss.|
From the cairn there are two paths that can be followed, both leading essentially to the same goal. down to White Low. The route is a real mixed bag. In March, very boggy, although it does look like it would be far more accessible in the Summer when it's drier.
|Crowden in the distance as I descended from White Low.|
Behind the quarry overlooking Crowden there is a split in the path. The route I followed took me down a steep slope to a farm access track passing by Hey Moss and leading down to the side of the quarry.
|Looking back to Crowden little Moor.|
|Crowden and the quarry just visible from Hey Moss.|
On the track were some very swamped sections which to my surprise were full of spawning frogs. There were literally thousands of eggs.
|Frogs spawning on the dirt track near Hey Moss.|
The track passes quite close to the quarry. As I understand it the quarry was used for the construction of the dams in the valley.
|The quarry above Crowden.|
From the quarry are some fantastic views, especially back across to Laddow Rocks and the path I had climbed around 5 hours earlier.
|Oaken Clough seen from the quarry.|
There's a final steep downhill section back to Crowden and the comfort of the car (it's surprising what strong winds and low cloud will make you appreciate).
|This map is only a representation and should in no way be used as a map to walk by.|