Okay, maybe a little dramatic, but if you have never been up Torside then your nerves are in for a treat. Located at the west end of Woodhead Pass (yes, I brought enough change for the car park this time) on the B6105 the car park is located alongside the Longdendale Trail.
|Clough Edge losing it's low cloud vale.|
From both a photographic and navigational point of view the low cloud on the day was a definite issue. After approximately a miles walk from the car park you meet up with the Pennine way. You have a climb of around 250 meters up to Clough Edge and this is where the walk becomes interesting. The path is on the edge of what appears to be a drop of around 200 feet. The drop isn't vertical, maybe 20 degrees from vertical. But I reckon a fall here would not end well, so caution should be taken in extreme weather conditions.
|A 200ft drop a foot to my right.|
It's not quite as dangerous as it sounds, especially when visibility is good, but high wind or dense fog could seriously complicate matters.
Due to the poor visibility I decided to shorten my walk a little. At the top of the Clough, where the path takes a sharp left at Wildboar Grain I decided to bear right and head to Torside Castle. This would be a fantastic place on a clear day. I just got more low cloud.
|Torside Castle appears from the merk.|
The footpath around Torside is very boggy, gaiters are a must if you want dry feet. And be wary of the wooden walkways that have been layed close to the castle, they are very slippery.
On the return visibility was a little better allowing a few clearer photographs. The next time I venture up here I will head over to Bleaklow and the Wain Stones.
|Looking down to Woodhead.|