United Kingdom Kissing Stones (Wain Stones)

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James Grant

About This Spot

Bleaklow, at 633m high, is the Peak District’s
second highest mountain, only 3m lower than
its neighbour Kinder Scout. The large peatladen
and boggy plateau is the furthest land
east of England, which is above 2,000ft. It is
also the source of the River Derwent.

Bleaklow is definitely a ‘Marmite’ mountain, you either completely love or loathe it. Bleaklow can be very bleak and barren, especially when the
clouds roll in making it more akin to a foreign world. However, in the right conditions, with a little exploration there are plenty of viewpoints to see, often quiet and some are even unknown to others.

One of the Peak District’s biggest characteristics are the gritstone formations high up on the moors. They can often be weathered to form familiar shapes with which we can associate,
always by pure luck. Bleaklow has a pair of
weathered rocks which resemble two human heads kissing. Officially they are called the Wain Stones and are marked on the map as such, but most know them by their apt nickname, The Kissing Stones.

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