Start Point Glossop Parish Church, Church Street, Old Glossop. Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK04150 94850  
Length 13.0 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade Demanding. Steep climbs and descents. Open moorland.  

Brief Description

The route goes from Old Glossop across farmland to the Longdendale trail. after following the trail to Torside the route takes the Pennine way over Bleaklow and then returns to Old Glossop by the ancient Doctor's Gate path.


Take the lane by the hospital entrance

From the Church go north up Church Street South, Well Gate and Dunne Lane.

At the junction go north east along Bute Street towards Shire Hill Hospital.

The the entrance to the hospital grounds take the lane off the the right of the entrance.

Follow the lane round, past the mill pond and up to the farm.

cross the stream

Just before the farm building on the right, turn left, cross over the stream by the stone slab bridge. Go up the path to the right into the field.

Go along by the reservoir wall to the end of the reservoir.

Pass through the broken down stone stile and take the path up the field by the wire fence in the direction of the buildings by the main road.

At the main road go right and then take the signed footpath left, up the drive by the side of the house. At the top of the garden continue into the field.

Go through the gateway, across the field, with the cemetery on your left.



drop down the banking to the stile

At the crest of the ridge drop down the banking keeping right, down to the northern corner of the field. Cross the stream and stile.

Turn left and follow the field boundary to the farm buildings.

At the hamlet go through the buildings and take Little Padfield Road for 100m.

Take the signed footpath to the right. Take the path across the field which has been divided into paddocks.



On reaching the main road in Padfield turn left.

After 100m turn right down the footpath between the houses.

Take the farm track down across the fields.

About 100m before the gate into an open field take the footpath left across the field and down to the Longdendale trail. The access to the trail is in the bottom corner of the field.

Follow the trail up the valley for 2 miles until it crosses the road.

Take the Pennine way up

Cross the road and follow the signs for the Pennine Way - Bleaklow Head.

The Pennine way goes up the farm track, leaving the Longdendale trail below.

Shortly before the bungalow the Pennine Way goes of up steeply to the right. Take the path, and then take the path off to the right at the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society sign.

The Pennine way works its way up and around the top of the southern side of the valley.

The route climbs 1400ft over the next 3 miles.

Pennine Way to Bleaklow Head

The path along the valley side is clear and easy to follow.

When the stream has come up to meet the path take care not to miss the left turn.

A stream joins the main stream from the left. The pennine Way follows this joining stream and not the main stream.

Drop down and cross the main stream and follow the clear path along the northern side of the joining stream


Bleaklow Head cairn and post

Follow the path as it winds its way up the moor.

The path eventually emerges at Bleaklow Head, which is marked by a large cairn and post.

Descent from Bleaklow Head

Navigating on the open moor can be difficult, especially if there is mist or low cloud. Walkers should know how to use map and compass before venturing onto the Pennine moors.

Form Bleaklow head the path is not initially clear due to the barren nature of the moor.

Initially head south west past a couple of small rectangular marker stones.

The path then turns south and starts to drop. The path becomes clearer as it drops, following a stream off the top of the moor.

There are occasional marker posts, some of them still standing!

Take the Doctor's gate path

Follow the Pennine Way as it continues south or south west.

About 400m before reaching the A57 Snake Pass take the ancient Doctor's Gate path off to the right. This is a packhorse route that dates back to the Roman period, and possibly even earlier.

The junction has a post and is at a point where a small stream crosses the path.

Continue down the valley to Old Glossop

The Doctor's Gate path is well defined an easy to follow. The first part of the descent is steep and rocky.

Parts of the path are subject to landslips.

After 2 miles the path joins a farm track.

At the junction and bridges, cross the small bridge over the stream to the right and continue down the valley towards Old Glossop.

On reaching Old Glossop continue past the factories and back to the Parish Church.

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Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL1 cover the Stocksbridge area along with the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park and should be used in conjunction with these instructions.