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Longdendale Derbyshire

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View down Longdendale from above Woodhead Tunnel.
Dave Dunford
View down Longdendale from above Woodhead Tunnel.

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Site Details

The east-west-oriented valley of the River Etherow on the Manchester side of the Pennines, followed by a disused railway (now a walking/cycle route, the Trans-Pennine Trail) and the A628 Woodhead Pass main road. Mainly gritstone moorland (mostly managed for grouse) and upland reservoir habitat, with some rough grazing and mixed woodland. See also individual reservoirs (from west to east/bottom to top: Arnfield, Bottoms, Valehouse, Rhodeswood, Torside, Woodhead) and entries for Woodhead and Crowden.

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Additional Site Details


A628 from Manchester or Barnsley. Various stopping points, notably at Woodhead Tunnel and Torside Visitor Centre.


Most reservoirs are encircled by public or permitted paths, or can be viewed from the A628 or Trans-Pennine Trail.


Official free car parks at Crowden, Woodhead or Torside, but much informal parking in laybys etc. elsewhere.


Visitor Centre and public toilets at Torside; small shop (seasonal opening?) at Crowden campsite; snack van at Woodhead.

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