Longdendale valley and trail

The Longdendale Trail is situated in the Upper Longdendale Valley, within the Peak District National Park - south of the A628 and north of the town of Glossop.

The Longdendale Trail takes you along the route of the old Great Central Manchester Sheffield Railway. It is a very picturesque valley with its five reservoirs surrounded by high moorland. The first route is along the 'Longdendale Trail', a leisure route for horse riders, on their own path, cyclists, walkers and, with assistance, wheelchair users. This trail is part of the 'Trans Pennine Trail' which will eventually go from Liverpool to Hull.

The second route is a circular route commencing from Crowden. From the car park, use the Pennine Way path to start this route, then up over Rakes Moss to Chew Reservoir, and returning via Tintwistle Knarr Quarry and Lad's Leap. This route is quite spectacular with its panoramic view of Bleaklow and Longdendale Valley below.

  • Cycling
  • Bridleway
  • Longdendale
  • Goyt Valley
  • Longdendale Forrest

How to find us... 01260 252268

  • Toilets
  • Dog Walking
  • Disabled Access
  • View Point

Crowden car park is off the A628 Woodhead Road in the Longdendale Valley.

Please note:

Parking charges apply at Torside car park.

Public telephone located at Crowden

Longdendale directions map

Reservoir safety

Reservoir safety

Every year, people are injured or die while swimming in reservoirs. Stay safe, stay out.

Did you know?

  • The reservoirs were completed in 1877 and were the largest artificial expanses of water in the world at that time.
  • Look out for wildlife in this area which includes foxes & hares up on the moors. Woodpeckers & flycatchers can be seen in the woodland & Canadian Geese and other various species of wildfowl.
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