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Torside to Standedge

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  • Wessenden Head Reservoir
    Wessenden Head Reservoir
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A tough start for this section rewards with more stunning Peak District views as you cross the moorland and hills toward Standedge. 
Distance 20.4 km
5:00 h
647 m
482 m
581 m
194 m

This stage begins with several short climbs from the reservoir at Torside up to Laddow Rocks making up almost half of the daily ascent within the first few miles. However you'll enjoy expansive views as you continue across the Peak District crossing moorland over Black Hill. 

After crossing the A635 the landscape becomes much more manicured as you mainly follow access roads passing reservoirs to reach Standedge Cutting and the car park at Brun Clough Reservoir.




Author’s recommendation

Your accommodation for this evening will most likely be in Diggle, approx 2.5km southwest and downhill from the Pennine Way. See your personal itinerary and included documentation for directions to your accommodation from Standedge. If you are staying in the Old Bell Inn in Delph this evening you will be collected from the car park at Brun Clough Reservoir at the end of your walk.  Again, see your personal itinerary for details on pick-up. You will be transferred back to the reservoir to continue your walk the next day if you are staying here.
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Laura Paterson
Update: March 22, 2022
Highest point
581 m
Lowest point
194 m
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Rest stops

Diggle Hotel
The Gate Inn

Safety information

Some care is required as you pass Laddow Rocks. Keep an eye on where you are going as the path here is one of the few exposed sections of the Pennine Way with a steep drop to your right.

Their is a brief section walking along and crossing the A635 today, however there is plenty of verge to walk along on the right-hand side.

You will cross the River Clough before reaching the A635. In normal conditions this crossing is straight forward and shouldn't present any issues, however follow periods of extended, heavy rainfall the crossing could be more challenging if the river is in spate. In this case an alternative route is signposted further back up the trail.



If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Pennine Way map published by Harvey Maps. They publish a map for both the North and South section of the walk so if you are doing the full walk you will need both. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.



If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's Pennine Way by Stuart Greig & Henry Stedman.


Tips and hints

Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest.  Click the icons on the map for more information. 

Points of Interest

Emley Moor Trasmitter Mast
On a clear day from Black Hill you will be able to see two transmitter towers: The closer of the two is Holme Moss Mast (approximately 1 mile away), however the more distant tower is Emley Moor Mast (about 10 miles away). Unlike most masts Emley Moor is made of solid concrete and at 330m the tapered concrete tower is also taller than the Eiffel Tower.

Standedge Cutting
The area for today's finish is called Standedge, however Standedge Cutting refers to where the rail and canal tunnels have been cut through the Pennines. The Standedge tunnel that makes up part of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is visible from Diggle. It is the longest and highest canal tunnel in the UK at a little over 3 miles in length. The canal tunnel was opened in 1811 with rail tunnels following later in the 19th Century.

Wessenden Valley and Reservoirs

A moorland valley occupied by four reservoirs including the Wessenden Resevoirs which you will pass by today. The upper part of the valley is managed by the National Trust and is a lovely scenic spot.



Food & Drink

Please be prepared with a packed lunch for today's walk as there is nowhere to buy lunch on the walk to Standedge. At the weekend's you may come across a snack van at the A635 lay-by  selling hot and cold drinks and rolls.

There are a couple of places to get a meal in Diggle at the end of the day:

Diggle hotel
A cosy pub offering a range of traditional home cooked meals

The Gate Inn
Offers a range of traditional and modern coutry dishes in a friendly and relaxed pub.


Parking area off B6105 at Torside Reservoir. (220 m)
OS Grid
SK 05731 98036
53.479020, -1.915103
53°28'44.5"N 1°54'54.4"W
30U 571998 5926107
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Car park at Standedge Cutting next to Brun Clough Reservoir.

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Torside to Standedge. Whilst the Pennine Way is waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***


0.00km - START at the small parking area just off the B6105 at Torside Reservoir. Cross the road and follow the paved path on the other side. TURN RIGHT on to a gravel track, then TURN LEFT through a gate doubling back towards the reservoir.

0.30km - BEAR RIGHT on the path crossing the dam wall.

0.65km - Once across the dam TURN RIGHT up the steps then BEAR RIGHT avoiding the last few steps, taking the signposted path through the gate.

1.15km - Pass through another gate and BEAR LEFT up the steps on the signed path to reach a road. Cross the road and TURN RIGHT following the paved path as it passes through several gates over the next kilometre.

2.15km - TURN LEFT at the signpost on to a grassy path leading through a field to the right of the fence. Cross over two stiles next to large gates at the end the field.

2.30km - BEAR RIGHT on the rocky path ignoring the gate and path leading into a field on the left.

2.45km - Cross over another stile, walk through the field and throught the gate at the other side then continue STRAIGHT ON the path.

3.70km - Cross over the stream and continue STRAIGHT ON the path as it climbs.

4.80km - BEAR RIGHT on the path following it along top of the cliff.

6.50km - Cross several small streams and keep STRAIGHT ON the path.

7.55km - Cross over a stile and continue STRAIGHT ON the stone slab path.

9.25km - Reach the summit of Black Hill, continue STRAIGHT ON the path.

10.45km - Continue STRAIGHT ON the stone slab path heading downhill past the "caution" sign towards the river Clough. There is an optional path (as described by the sign) to the right here which avoids the river Clough crossing. This optional route should only be necessary following periods of extended heavy rainfall, leading to extremely wet conditions.

11.45km - Cross the river Clough and continue STRAIGHT ON up the stone path.

12.15km - Pass through the gate in the stone wall to reach the road. TURN RIGHT and follow the road.

12.30km - TURN LEFT and cross the road taking the quieter road just before the parking area on the right.

12.65km - TURN LEFT and pass through a gate at the Pennine Way signpost just before a small parking area to the right. Follow the gravel track downhill towards the reservoirs keeping on the path to the right of the two reservoirs.

15.30km - As you pass the dam at the bottom of the second reservoir BEAR LEFT and continue down the stony path at the fork with the public footpath signpost. The path soon widens to a gravel track.

15.90km - TURN LEFT on to the narrow track at the Pennine Way signpost which descends steeply into a valley. Cross the stream at the bottom of the valley using the bridge, then climb up out of the valley on the steep rocky path directly ahead.

16.20km - At the top of the short but steep climb BEAR RIGHT where the path forks next to the Marsden Moor Heritage Trail sign. Continue STRAIGHT ON the path along the top of a small valley before crossing a small stream near the top of the valley. Continue up the steps and along the stone slab path until you eventually reach and walk along the wall of another reservoir.

18.80km - Continue STRAIGHT ON the path passing through two gates.

19.35km - At the end of the stone slab path cross a small stream and continue on the gravel path at the public footpath signpost, following the "Standedge, (PW)" direction before passing through a gate.

20.40km - FINISH as you reach the carpark at Standedge Cutting next to Brun Clough Reservoir.

*** This is the end of our Torside to Standedge route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation - for those doing one of our longer walking itineraries you are likely to be walking onward to overnight in Calder Valley/Hebden Bridge - please move onto the next route in the Macs App which is Standedge to Calder Valley ***



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OS Grid
SK 05731 98036
53.479020, -1.915103
53°28'44.5"N 1°54'54.4"W
30U 571998 5926107
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Hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing are all required for the Pennine Way. The weather can be change quickly and even in the summer months it can be cold on the higher and more exposed sections of the route. Walking poles would also be beneficial to help with some of the tougher sections.

Ensure your phone is charged and you have a back up battery pack just in case. Always take plenty of food and fluids for a day’s walking as cafés and inns along the route are not always garuanteed to be open.

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5:00 h
647 m
482 m
Highest point
581 m
Lowest point
194 m


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