is a small and scattered settlement at the head of the Longdendale
valley in Derbyshire
. It lies on the River Etherow
and the Trans Pennine Trail
.Like nearby Tintwistle
,it was formally in the county of Cheshire
before local government re-organisation in 1974
Woodhead is the location of the western portals of the Woodhead Tunnels, three former railway tunnels on the electrified Woodhead Line between Manchester and Sheffield. There was formerly a railway station and signal box at Woodhead. The platforms are still intact, although the track has been removed.
The Woodhead railway line closed in 1981; the trackbed between Woodhead and Hadfield now forms the Longdendale Trail.
The Lady Cross lies near Woodhead, marking the highest point of the former packhorse road from Longdendale to Rotherham. Only its base and the bottom of the shaft survive.