Section 6 - Crowden to Dinting Vale

Section 6 of The Trans-Pennine 100 leaves the Education Center and carefully crosses the Woodhead Road as most will be in the dark by now.

Following the Pennine Way over the dam wall of Torside Reservoir to find the Longdendale Trail.

The route takes the lower paths alongside Valehouse and Bottoms Reservoirs to the edge of Hadfield.

The route now follows a mixture of footpaths and urban walking over the A57 to the 1st Dinting Scout Center.

  • The Woodhead Road – The A628 is a major road in England connecting Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire by crossing the Pennine chain of hills by way of the Woodhead Pass through the Peak District National Park. The road's altitude and its exposure to bad weather create problems in winter and the road is sometimes closed due to snow or high winds.
    • The A628 was originally a salt road, as that was a valuable preservative in the 18th century. The route was designed to transport salt from mines in north Cheshire to towns in Yorkshire. Construction of the western section of the road to Saltersbrook in the Longendale valley began in 1732 and the section to the east towards Doncaster opened in 1740. The road was improved and reconstructed as a turnpike road in 1844.
    • The A628 is mentioned in the 2001 Human League track "The Snake", which suggests it as an alternative route from the M62 or A57 Snake Pass.

  • Longendale is a valley in the Peak District of England, north of Glossop and southwest of Holmfirth. The name means "long wooded valley" and the valley is mostly in the counties of Derbyshire and Greater Manchester.

    • The Longdendale Chain is a sequence of six reservoirs on the River Etherow in the Longdendale Valley, in northern Derbyshire. They were constructed between 1848 and 1884 to a design by John Frederick Bateman to supply the growing population of Manchester and Salford with fresh water.

    • The top three reservoirs (Woodhead, Torside and Rhodeswood) and Arnfield are for drinking water, and the lower reservoirs (Valehouse and Bottoms) are used as compensation reservoirs to maintain the downstream flow of the river. There was originally a seventh – Hollingworth Reservoir – which was abandoned in 1990, and has become part of the Swallows Wood nature reserve

  • The Longdendale Trail is an English long-distance trail following the former Woodhead railway line, which used to run between Manchester and Sheffield (and closed east of Hadfield in 1981). It has shallow gradients and a smooth surface that makes it popular with families and cyclists.

    • The Trail, which opened in May 1992, forms part of the longer Trans Pennine Trail, NCR 62 that runs coast to coast across the UK. (Liverpool to Hull). This in turn is part of the E8 European long distance path, which runs for 4,700 kilometers (2,900 mi) from Cork in Ireland to Istanbul in Turkey.

  • Dinting Vale is a district of Glossop in Derbyshire, England. The district falls within the Simmondley ward of the High Peak Council. It is a small village and has no shops; apart from a chip shop. However, there is a small primary school, Dinting C of E, located near the viaduct. The 1st Dinting Scout Group has been very active since 1938. The village is served by Dinting railway station. It is notable for the structure Dinting Arches, part of the Glossop Line which goes as far as Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

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