Wessenden, Black Hill & Chew 2-day backpack

Pitch at Red RatcherA 2-day linear trek in the north-western corner of the Dark Peak.

The route from Marsden passes the Butterley and Wessenden group of reservoirs, joining the Pennine Way (PW) to ascend to Black Hill, one of our old haunts going back to the days when it maintained its reputation as a peat megabog resembling the aftermath of trench warfare, but is now tamed and sanitized by paving across much of its traverse, but not all – the very wet January conditions made progress slow on the boggy bits.

Near Laddow Rocks our line departs the PW to ascend to Black Chew Head, then follows the path across Laddow Moss to Chew reservoir.

This time our faith in the various weather forecasts for clear tops and some sunshine was misplaced: the thick windblown mist persisted on the high ground for the entire two days, a dank and dismal trek leaving only the wild atmosphere of the bleak moorland to savour. At Chew reservoir we improvised a lower level route than planned to reach Mossley using the Oldham Way and Tame Valley Way.

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2 thoughts on “Wessenden, Black Hill & Chew 2-day backpack

  1. That looks like a trip to file under “experience” and “esoteric” and other words to generate positivity! 🙂
    Sometimes its good just to be back out again and enjoying the wild moors of the Pennines

  2. Yes indeed, we had to be content with the wild atmosphere of the high moorland, a good pitch and our old regular friends the grouse cackling in the clag!.

    It was disheartening to see the splendid inversions from farther north posted by others in the two days after this – drat!.

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