Black Hill (Peak District)


Black Hill (Peak District)

Infobox Mountain
Name = Black Hill
Photo = Black_Hill_(Peak_District).jpg
Caption = The Pennine Way on the summit of Black Hill
Elevation = 582 m (1,909 ft)
Location = Peak District, England
Range =
Prominence = 165 m
Parent peak = Kinder Scout
Coordinates = coord|53.5382|-1.8815|display=title,inline|type:mountain
Topographic
OS "Landranger" 110
Type =
Age =
Easiest route =
Grid_ref_UK = SE078046
Listing = Marilyn, County Top

Black Hill is a hill in the Peak District, England.

It used to be the highest point in Cheshire, but now lies on the border between the boroughs of Kirklees in West Yorkshire and High Peak in Derbyshire, reaching 582 metres above sea level.

The top is peaty and thus very boggy after rain. The area surrounding the summit itself has virtually no vegetation and is very dark, giving the hill its name. However, Black Hill is crossed by the Pennine Way whose now-paved surface allows walkers to reach the top dry-shod even in the wettest of weather.

The hill can be visited by a number of routes, including along the Pennine Way from Crowden via the Laddow Rocks cliffs; bogs permitting, a return can be made over Westend Moss (the pre-1966 route of the Pennine Way) to create a pleasant circular walk.

South of Crowden, the Pennine Way next visits Bleaklow and Kinder Scout (both of which are slightly higher, just over 2,000 ft, and so are Hewitts).

The triangulation column ("trig point") and highest point on Black Hill (and the highest point in West Yorkshire) is on a small elevated mound, called Soldiers' Lump. According to Wainwright (A Wainwright, "Pennine Way Companion") the support timbers for the Ramsden theodolite, used by the Royal Engineers in the original Ordnance Survey, were still to be found here many years later.

ee also

*Holme Moss

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