After a splendid afternoon in South Manchester, I was en route to Crook Hill when I received a message from a friend saying she was about to drive over the Snake Pass. At the A57/M60 junction, rather than take the usual northbound M60 towards Rochdale and Crook Hill, I decided on a whim to continue east, so I could join my friend on the Snake Pass. Although I felt rather guilty, like I was deserting poor old GBH victim Crook Hill in favour of the glamour and thrill of the High Peak, in the end what I got from the journey only fired me up and made this week's break from Crook Hill an extremely valuable lesson in the social history of the Pennines, and how WE can play a major part in conserving the beauty of these wonderful mountains. From west to east, the Snake Pass rapidly rises to a height of over 1,800 feet above sea level, then sweeps down alongside the northern slopes of Kinder Scout, the highest mountain in the Peak District (in fact the highest Pennine peak south of Great Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales). The whole of the Peak District is effectively all one mountain that reaches its summit atop Kinder Plateau; it's possible to travel on mountainous terrain (over 1,000 feet above sea level) all the way from Kinder to the Walsden Gorge. Immediately across Walsden Gorge lies Crook Hill, so it's fair to describe Kinder and the entire Peak District as its neighbour and protector. And what makes Kinder so important is not just its height, but also its political significance - WE AS A SOCIETY decided to revere Kinder, to conserve its wilderness for every single person to experience. We got our approach to the uplands spot-on with the creation of the Peak District National Park; compare and contrast with unprotected Crook Hill - covered in bulldozers, littered with industrial trash, unprecedently ugly and useless machinery dominating the skyline. This website aims to share a little of the love lavished upon Kinder, Bleaklow, Black Hill, Standedge and Blackstone Edge with their poor unprotected brethren just across the Walsden Gorge. More importantly, it aims to bring a similar level of statutory protection to those currently unguarded hills.
Having seen how love, passion and conservation can protect a mountain like Kinder Scout, let's now return to Crook Hill and see how we're treating this smaller but equally beautiful Pennine moorland plateau.
Crook Hill From Windy Hill
An interesting juxtaposition of the oversized Crook Hill turbines and the similarly prominent Windy Hill radio tower. In our opinion, the radio tower is a far superior construction to the turbines: much more useful to humanity and much less offensive to the senses (its ergonomic pyramid shape very much in keeping with the mountainous surroundings).
Crook Hill Into The Future
Fire! Fire! The Turbine's On Fire!