Peak District County Tops

A fun weekend of Peak-Bagging in the Peak District with ticks for Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Cheeks Hill, Shining Tor, Black Chew Head and Black Hill

View to Mam Tor from Rushup Edge

View to Mam Tor from Rushup Edge


Kinder Scout

Significance: Highest peak in Derbyshire (Traditional CT), Peak District National Park High Point
Member of: Marilyn, Hewitt, Hardy, Nuttall
Elevation: 636 m
Date climbed: 23rd September 2017
Coordinates: 53°23′0″N 1°52′2″W 
Route Start / End: Car park at Edale Train Station, anti-clockwise circular route via Grindslow Knoll, Crowden Tower and back via Jacobs Ladder
Route Stats: 14 km in 4.5 hours, +480 m elevation gain
Subsidiary tops on route: Grindslow Knoll
Other routes touched: Pennine Way

Kinder Scout is an icon of the Peak District and extremely popular walk. Strangely though, the summit is amazingly hard to find and most walkers don't stray far from the footpaths to find it. We gave it a good go, taking a bearing from the main trail just west of Pym Chair. After 10 minutes of faffing around we found a pile of stones a stick which may have been the summit. That was good enough for us to call it the peak and celebrate with a 1 kilo, now frozen, gummy bear. 

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Mam Tor and Rushup Edge

Significance: N/A
Member of: Dewey
Elevation: 517 m
Date climbed: 24th September 2017
Coordinates:  53°20′57″N 1°48′38″W
Route Start / End: Mam Nick Car Park, Sparrowpit, Buxton, S33 8WA
Route Stats: 4 km in about an hour, +168 m elevation gain
Subsidiary tops on route: N/A
Other routes touched: N/A

 

Cheeks Hill

Significance: Highest peak in Staffordshire (Traditional CT)
Member of: N/A
Elevation: 520 m
Date climbed: 24th September 2017
Coordinates: 53°13′31″N 1°57′44″W
Route Start / End: Where Dane Valley Way crosses country road between A53 and A54
Route Stats: 1.5 km in 23 minutes, +480 m elevation gain
Subsidiary tops on route: N/A
Other routes touched: Dane Valley Way

A competitor for the least interesting County Top prize at less than 1 mile and 30 metres of ascent. Only makes sense if done whilst in the area.

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Shining Tor

Significance: Highest peak in Cheshire (Present Day CT)
Member of: Marilyn, Dewey
Elevation: 559 m
Date climbed: 24th September 2017
Coordinates:  53°15′39″N 2°00′34″W
Route Start / End: Car park of Peak View Tea Rooms, A537
Route Stats: 3.4 km in about an hour, +110 m elevation gain
Subsidiary tops on route: N/A
Other routes touched: N/A

 

Black Hill

Significance Highest peak in Cheshire (Traditional CT)
Member of: Marilyn, Dewey
Elevation: 582m
Coordinates: 53°32′18″N 1°52′53″W

Black Chew Head

Significance Highest peak in Greater Manchester (Present Day CT)
Member of: Dewey
Elevation: 542m
Coordinates: 53°30′57.96″N 1°55′17.76″W

BOTH HILLS:

Date climbed: 25th September 2017
Route Start / End: Point to point walk along Pennine Way from Crowden to Greenfield Road
Route Stats: 11 km in 4 hours.
Subsidiary tops on route: none
Other routes touched: The Pennine Way

2 County Tops for the price of 1 in a scenic section of the Pennine Way. The 11 km trek started in Crowden, finishing at the junction of the Pennine Way and the A635. A short diversion from the main path at Laddow Rocks takes you up to Black Chew Head, the high point of Greater Manchester and Oldham. It was a clear day and we found it easily. Be extra careful in low visibility, especially when re-joining the Pennine Way as the path follows a cliff-edge here. Black Hill, the (Historic) County Top of Cheshire is right on the Pennine Way path at around 8km into the trip.

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