Start: Crowden Car Park (Google Maps)
This is a fantastic scramble, particularly in warmer weather as it can get quite wet going directly up the cascades. It can also be linked up with Wilderness Gully East for a cracking day out.
The route begins weaving its way from Crowden, following the path towards the path next to the Crowden Great Brook, then scrambles up Oaken Clough, and descends via The Pennine Way back to the car park.
It can be a little difficult to find the right path to get to Oaken Clough. When starting in the Crowden car park, take the path into the woods at the bottom corner, past the campsite toilets, until you reach the road. Cross the road and pass through the gate opposite, turn right just before the outdoor pursuits centre, and follow this path forward and right up across a small bridge into the wood. Here turn left, and follow the path until you reach an opening and a foot bridge.
Once over the bridge, take the obvious path that climbs towards the hill on the right, it first moves up and right, then turns left, and runs along the edge of the hill. After a while you will reach a leftward decline towards a gate, take this and continue along the edge of the water and boulders until you reach the opposite side of the clough (clearly marked by a dense line of trees).
Make your way over boggy ground to the first obstacle, and pick your favourite line up it! There are several ways to get up, and if you’re struggling the steep grass grove on the right can be used as an escape.
There are many cascades, often greasy but very enjoyable, particularly on a hot day!
Descent / Extensions
Once you reach the adjoining path that runs across the clough you have two options.
- To finish, follow the path left to go back to the car park.
- To extend, follow the path right for a short while, then take the left hand fork just after Laddow Rocks towards the Wilderness Gullys at Chew Brook Reservoir. Wilderness Gully East is a particularly interesting one, and will make a fantastic days scrambling when joined with this, probably one of the best in the Peak District.
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