Ashop valley through a lens ball

Ashop Clough and the Snake woodland are magical places at any time of the year. This wonderland is hidden from view until you venture through the woodland.

Snake Pass has a magical feel to it and is surrounded all around by rolling hills, pine trees, heather, and bracken and in higher points moorland and babbling streams.

A Snake Pass Waterfall
Ashop Clough and River

Snake Pass Road

The Snake Pass road itself is not open in severe weather during the winter for safety reasons because, as the name suggests it snakes through the valley and can become treacherous in icy and snowy conditions.

BaldHiker Retreats

The Snake woodland is Just off the Snake pass road (A57) and near to the area where there used to be a pub called The Snake Pass Inn. The establishment is now converted into a private residential property.

Preparation for walking 

Good foot wear and raincoats are always advised for walks in this area since the weather has a tendency to have a mind all its own around here even on a summers day.

Snake Woods - derbyshire

The drive through Snake Pass is spectacular whichever direction you drive from, with stunning views all around. The location of my favourite walk is within hiking distance to Kinder Scout Plateau,

It’s a gorgeous natural area and did you know it is also the highest point in the Peak District at an elevation of (2,087ft) above sea level?  In a close by location on the moorland near to Kinder Scout there is a historic crash site, for those interested.

American Sabre F.Mk 4 Crash Site 

On the 22nd of July 1959 two North American Sabre F.Mk 4s XD707 & XD730 of No.66 Squadron, crashed on their return to RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York. The wreckage was not found for three days due to severe weather. The plane wrecks or what is now left of them, can still be seen spread across the moors at the crash site.

Ashop and Plateau

The Snake Pass road (A57) connects Sheffield and Glossop, and the Pennine way crosses the snake pass at its summit with scenery that is breathtaking the whole length.

Snake pass attractions on route 

I have some special spots I love to visit all the way along the route. The Strines Inn a thirteenth century inn is a treat to visit and is sign posted off the A 57, a beautiful old coaching inn that’s next to open moorland and Dale Dike reservoir with peacocks roaming freely all around.

They also serve a gorgeous Sunday roast at the Strines Inn, and great ales for those who are not driving! There is also a good sized layby on the A57 that is a great place to park when walking near the Cut Throat Bridge area, regardless of its name and gory history there’s some beautiful moorland here which is well worth a visit.

Fly agaric Fungi
Peacock at Strines

On route is the beautiful and historic Ladybower reservoir which has been a favourite location for me for many years and is featured in a separate blog.

From here on is the real Snake Pass section of the A57 and you will notice the sharp bends in the road and scenery becoming more rugged and magnified.

Ladybower reservoir at sunset

Through the magnificent woodland in the valley my family and I often go strolling and playing silly games along the way, we were very lucky with the weather on the day I took the photos but I’m still always glad we wrap up warm for the walk, there can be some sharp wind across the moorland, and although we don’t  always go full out and walk for miles, it is always a relaxing and fun day together in the countryside.

snake woodland

It’s beautiful and calm walking along the river Ashop and with pine trees all along one section of the route there are plenty of spots to stop for a break if you want to just chill out for a while with shelter from the wind and a perfect area to bring out a picnic and flask.

Perfect Picnic spot- derbyshire, River Ashop


Further along the route you will come into the moorland area and it is more bleak and wild looking, we have often spotted a few grouse while walking there and if you’re lucky and very quiet there’s plenty more wildlife to see.

One year I spotted a lizard basking on rocks by the stream, not rare I guess but lovely to see. This year I noticed plenty of frog spawn in the little ponds along the track.

Common lizard

Continuing along this route a hike up to the Northern side of Kinder Scout is possible if you allow yourself enough time and you go prepared.

Dogs under control 

Our days out along the moorland and Ashop river are normally more of a relaxed affair than a hike and much fun is had by the whole family including the dogs, although dogs must be under control to protecting nesting birds in breeding season for birds and sheep and lambs at lambing time, but keeping them close at all times is for the best.

Our dogs, Bandit Smokey and Max are kept close by and on a close lead.Even the drive home is scenic and we often take the route home via Ladybower reservoir, then through Bamford and Hathersage and later through the lovely Chatsworth estate.

Woodland and Heather- derbyshire

I hope I’ve at least inspired you and informed you a little about another of my favourite English gems. What fantastic days spent here, I often return for longer hikes. Camping And BBQs here are illegal and rubbish must be taken home with you.

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  1. Hi, It looks wonderful thank you.
    Could you do this walk in Wellies or do you need hiking boots?

    1. Janine Moore says:

      Hi, Natalie
      I’ve walked this one as often in wellies as in walking boots to be honest. My walking boots are fully water proof and great tread, just like my wellies, which is the most important thing. If your wellies are comfortable and have good tread go for it! I hope you enjoy your walk 🙂

  2. Janine Moore says:

    Thank you, it’s a beautiful place and a big favourite of mine.
    Janine 🙂

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  4. Janine Moore says:

    Thank you very much Ross-barry, I enjoy the area so much that it’s a pleasure to photograph. I intend to return to the surrounding areas and introduce them in more detail such as the Strines area. 🙂

  5. Ross-Barry Barcock. says:

    What a great post Janine. I was so impressed with the images. Looking forward to your next report.

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