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Handsome market town Glossop is the north western gateway to the Peak District and Derbyshire - close to the rugged moorland and wide open spaces of the Dark Peak.

Nestling at the foot of the famous Snake Pass, it's an excellent base for exploring some of the area's classic walking country, including Black Hill, Bleaklow, Kinder Scout and the Longdendale Valley.

But there's also plenty to interest visitors in picturesque Old Glossop, dating back to the 12th century, with its pretty stone cottages and medieval market cross. Manor Park, originally the grounds of the manor house of the Duke of Norfolk, is a popular spot for picnics, safe play and special events.

Down in the main town centre, there's still plenty of evidence of Glossop's prosperous past, built on cotton in the 19th and 20th century. Mills have now been imaginatively renovated to house a wide selection of shops, pubs and a hotel, and Norfolk Square is a fine example of Victorian civic pride.

Shoppers can browse in everything from specialist independent shops to famous national stores on the bustling High Street, with its broad York stone pavements and welcoming vibe.

Here you'll find everything from specialist books, original artwork and designer clothes to mouth-watering, award-winning local produce ranging from quality meat to craft beers, plus regular indoor and outdoor markets.

At the top of the High Street, Howard Town Mill is home to a hotel and pub, plus other famous retail names, while at the bottom, Wren Nest Mill includes luxury apartments, more nationally-known stores and a family-friendly pub.

And if you fancy a well-earned break over coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, there are lots of cafés, pubs and restaurants to whet your appetite. Take time, too, to sample some warm Glossop hospitality in the town's real ale pubs and venues and enjoy some of the best live music in the area.

Crowden overlooks the reservoirs of the Longdendale Valley surrounded by high level walking country and a popular first stop on the Penine Way.

A hamlet on the busy Woodhead road (A628) which offers accommodation at the Crowden Camping and Caravaning Club site 

There is also an outdoor education centre offering facilities for schools and groups.

Across the other side of the Torside reservoir you can find the Longdendale Trail, a seven mile cycle trail along the old railway line that runs from Hadfield, Derbyshire to Woodhead Tunnel before crossing the A628 and climbing a steep moorland track towards the Yorkshire border at Salter's Brook. The Longdendale Trail is now part of the Trans-Pennine Trail from Liverpool to Hull which is itself part of a 2,000 mile route through Europe to Istanbul.

Torside Visitor Centre can be found by the reservoir and has parking, toliets and a picnic area. You can also find Glossop Sailing Club on the banks of the reservoir. 

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Cash Point


  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)


Map & Directions

Road Directions

At the junction of the A57 'Snake Pass' from Sheffield and the A6/A624 from Buxton.Glossop has a number of bus services linking it with Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne, Hyde, Buxton and Stockport.Accessible by Public Transport: Glossop station is 0 miles away.

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