Bleaklow is a gritstone hill north of Kinder Scout.
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are many interesting features, such as wild flowers, well dressing, lead mining etc
Bleaklow is the northern sister to Kinder, joined to it by a neck of high land over 500 metres above sea level, over which pass the Snake Road and the old Roman road of Doctor's Gate. It is an area of typical gritstone plateau, largely covered in a deep layer of peat.
However, the Bleaklow plateau is cut by many more deep river valleys than the Kinder plateau, and many of these contain major streams. On the south eastern flank the Alport river forms a long deep-cut valley, as does the Westend river, while to the east of these the River Derwent rises on the extreme eastern edge of the plateau near Swains Greave. On the north-eastern flank there are the deep cuts of the three Black Clough streams and to their west, the similar features of Wildboar Clough and Torside Clough. On the western side Dowstone Clough forms a deep valley on its way down to Glossop.
Not surprisingly, the most common ways to approach Bleaklow are along the Pennine Way, either from the north up Torside Clough or the south from Doctor's Gate. It is also quite easy to approach the western flanks from Old Glossop, but any approach from the east or north tends to be hard work and often involves covering quite long distances.
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