Distance - 20 miles
Ascent - 4500 feet
Time - 7hrs 50min
The Bleaklow Round brief route - 20 miles
Starting from Birchin Clough car park -Over Wood Moss - Hern Clough - Bleaklow Head - Bleaklow Stones - Grinah Stones - Barrow Stones - River Derwent - Slippery Stones - Howden Reservoir - Alport Castles - Hayridge Farm - Snake Inn - Car Park
Map of the route
An early start saw me and Radder arriving at the Birchen Clough car par on the snake pass at 6.30am. The rain was coming down but by 6.45am we were ready to set of walking. We started of by taking the very steep accent on Birchen Clough but still being dark helped alot as you could not see the full steepness, as we reached the top we headed on a compass bearing over towards grains in the water. With a clear sky and plenty stars in the sky we made good progress as we hit hern clough we followed this on to the Pennine Way just as it was getting light. As we headed towards Bleaklow Head the sun was just rising and Mark took this amazing picture of the sun rising over Bleaklow.