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.
Rest stopsDiggle Hotel
The Gate Inn
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.
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:
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.
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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