30 May 2016
Our final hike in Peak District for this time, and it turned out that we actually managed to save the best for last!
We decided to do the Black Hill hike, which starts out in Crowden in the north part of the Peak District. The route goes through a narrow valley, climbing steadily uphill until reaching Laddow Rocks, where we stopped briefly to enjoy the breathtaking views. Even if it was a foggy day we both agreed that the fog just added to the dramatic views.
After Laddow Rocks the path ran alongside a ridge, just next to a steep drop. We followed this ridge until we eventually descended into another valley where we had to cross a narrow stream. The last part up to Black Hill was actually paved, as it ran through wetlands. When we finally reached the top of Black Hill we were rewarded with fantastic panorama views over the Pennines.
On our way back we got to use our compass skills, as that part of the hike went through wetlands without any paths. After navigating through a labyrinth of swamps and wetlands, we descended along a beautiful grassy ridge back into the valley where we started.
Afterwards, we both agreed that this was by far the best and most beautiful walk of the weekend. There was a true feeling of being in the wilderness, without any sign of civilisation as far as the eye could see. This was especially true for the last part of the walk, where we had to navigate using map and compass.
In total this hike was 14 km with 488 metres of ascent.