Crowden-in-Longdendale

Crowden-in-Longdendale is a village in Derbyshire.

Crowden

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Crowden is a small and isolated village in the upland valley of Longdendale, on the A628 ManchesterSheffield Woodhead Pass road that crosses the Pennine moors from west to east. Crowden’s main interest to travellers is as the traditional first-night stop on the northbound Pennine Way (EdaleKirk Yetholm, 268 miles). It lies 16 miles from the start point at Edale; the first day’s walk crosses Kinder Scout and Bleaklow (the two highest hills in Derbyshire) before descending to the reservoirs of Longdendale. The village is also close to the west–east Trans Pennine Trail (SouthportHornsea, 207 miles), part of European walking route E8.

There is no public transport to Crowden. The nearest railway station is at Hadfield (4 miles via Longdendale Trail), on the Glossop line from Manchester Piccadilly (40 mins). Taxis are available from Glossop (about 6 miles by road).

By car from Manchester, follow A57 (signposted Sheffield) then M67 beyond the M60 orbital motorway, which continues as the A57 and then the A628; from Sheffield follow A61 north, then A616 and A628. From the M1 motorway leave at junction 35A (northbound) or 36 (southbound) and follow A61/A616/A628 as above. For a scenic drive from the north, follow the A6024 Holme Moss road from Holmfirth (part of the 2014 Tour de France route). The Holme Moss and Woodhead Pass roads are often closed in snowy conditions.

St James Chapel
  • 53.4921-1.88121 St James Chapel, Woodhead (½ mile east). Grade-II-listed mid-18th-century chapel. Among Victorian slate gravestones in the churchyard are the unmarked graves of navvies who died working on the Woodhead Tunnels. A simple and affecting building (interior usually locked) in an atmospheric spot, with a well-preserved cobbled quarrymen’s track leading up the hill behind the church to Loftend Quarry. Occasional Anglican services. 
  • 53.4956-1.82971 Woodhead Tunnels (2½ miles east). Three railway tunnels, closed to rail traffic since 1981. Woodhead 1 was one of the world’s longest railway tunnels when it opened in 1845. The imposing tunnel entrances are at the end of the Longdendale Trail.  

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