Footsteps of the Trespass
TIME: 5 HOURS
DISTANCE: 8 MILES
ROUTE – 1: Turn left out of the car park and walk up the lane, which winds beneath the trees and by the banks of the river Kinder. After 550yds (503m), leave the lane at a signposted footpath that crosses a bridge. Follow the path as it traces the east bank of the river before turning left to rejoin the road at a point just short of the treatment plant buildings.
2: Here you fork left through a gate onto a cobbled bridleway, climbing above the buildings. It continues along the reservoir’s north shore, turning sharp left on White Brow. Beyond a gate and sign-post ‘To open country’ the path climbs along William Clough, where it is joined by the Snake Path from the left.
3: The path crosses and recrosses the stream as it works its way up the grass and heather clough. In the upper stages the narrowing clough loses its vegetation and the stream becomes a trickle in the peat. The clough divides. Go left here and climb to Ashop Head where you meet the Pennine Way at a crossroads of paths.
4: Turn right along the slabbed Pennine Way path across the moor towards Kinder Scout’s north west edge, then climb those last gritstone slopes on a pitched path to gain the summit plateau. Now it’s easy walking along the edge.
5: After turning left into the rocky combe of the river Kinder, the Mermaid’s Pool and the Kinder downfall (waterfalls) come into view. Descend to cross the Kinder’s shallow rocky channel about 100yds (91m) back from the edge before turning right and continuing along the edge.
6: Beyond Red Brook, leave the plateau by taking the right fork, which descends south-westwards, contouring round grassy slopes beneath the rocky edge.
7: After passing the Three Knolls rocks and swinging left beneath the slopes of Kinder Low end, go through a gate in a fence (grid ref 066867) before taking a right fork in the paths along the boundary of the moor and farmland. Go over a stile in a wall to the right by some crumbling sheep pens and turn left through a gateway at the nearby ﬁeld corner. Descend the trackless pastured spur, passing through several gates and stiles at the ﬁeld boundaries to pass to the left of Tunstead Clough farm.
8: Turn right beyond the farmhouse to follow a winding track that descends into the upper Sett Valley. Turn right down a lane at the bottom, then left along the Kinder reservoir road to return to Bowden Bridge.