Longdendale Valley and Trail

Longdendale means "long wooded valley" and it now provides an excellent opportunity for a long wooded walk alongside the reservoirs that provide a vital source or water for Manchester.

The Longdendale Trail takes you along the route of the old Great Central Manchester Sheffield Railway. With its five reservoirs surrounded by high moorland, the trail is very picturesque. The trail is open for walkers, cyclists and horse riding.

Look out for wildlife like foxes and hares up on the moors. Woodpeckers and Flycatchers can be seen in the woodland, as well as Canadian Geese and other species of wildfowl.

Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Public Transport

Woodhead Road (A628) in the Longdendale Valley
SK13 1HS at the bottom of the reservoir chain.

Tel: 01925 463 065.

  Open all day, every day.  

Crowden car park - Woodhead Road Crowden, Glossop, SK13 1HZ. Parking is free.

Crowden car park – managed by Peak District National Park Authority
1 Nov to 31 Mar - 9:00am to 4.30pm
1 Apr to 31 May -  9:00am to 6.30pm
1 Jun to 31 Aug - weekdays  8:00am to 5:30pm, weekends-  8:00am to 7:00pm
1 Sept to 30 Oct -  9:00am to 6.30pm

Torside car park - open all day, every day B6105, Glossop SK13 1JF. Charges apply, £3 for 2 hours.

  From Glossop the 351 bus to Holmfirth calls at Torside visitor centre.
Toilets   Horse Riding   Fishing   Picnic Area
Yes, located at Crowden car park. Radar key required for disabled facilities.   Torside car park provide horse box parking and tethering facilities and easy access to the Longdendale Trail.   Coarse fishing - currently free.   Picnic area located at Torside car park.
Walking   Sailing   Cycling   Other Activities

The Longdendale Trail which runs along the south of the chain of reservoirs along the route of the former Great Central Manchester Sheffield Railway. The trail forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail which is part of the European walking route E8.

Circular route around Torside reservoir is accessible for wheelchairs.

Other routes including circular walks and more adventurous routes on to the moorland above Longdendale and linking to the Pennine way are waymarked.


  Sailing and wind surfing on Torside reservoir – contact Glossop Sailing Club for details.   Trans Pennine Trail is part of the National Cycle Network as Route 62.  

Camping and caravanning available at Crowden through Camping and Caravanning Club Limited.


Peak District National Park information point at Torside carpPark.

Interpretation boards throughout the site.


We want to share our beautiful sites with you, and we ask you enjoy them in a manner that allows others to enjoy them after you, this includes:

  • Following the Countryside Code - Respect, Protect and Enjoy.
  • Taking your litter home, or using the available bins.
  • Keeping dogs under control for the safety of livestock and others.
  • Respecting farmers at work on the land by leaving gates as you find them.
  • Sticking to paths when walking, running or cycling. This helps us protect the sensitive ecosystems that form the habitats on our sites.

You may also want to read about:

Reservoir safety

Blue-green algae

Giant hogweed

Recreation permits