Stoodley Pike, Todmorden

 

Address: Langfield Common, Todmorden, West Yorkshire OL14 7AA. Look for the stone sheep at the side of the road and the public footpaths start from there.

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Opening times: All the time.

 

Admission: Free

Detail: Stoodley Pike is a 400m hill and is notable for its 37m monument at the summit, which can be seen for miles around. The monument was completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War. It replaced an earlier structure that had been built to celebrate the end of the Napoleonic Wars but had been destroyed by lightening strikes. The circular walk up to Stoodley Pike from Mankinholes is approximately three miles. Leave yourself a good three to four hours to get up there and back and wrap up warm, as it can get windy once you hit the track along the tops.

Wheelchair/Pram friendly: The path is not wheel friendly.

Parking and any fees: ​ The start of the walk is near Lumbutts church at s stone sheep on the side of the road, where the road bends. There is a steep ascent if you take the left hand path (which I wouldn’t recommend for little ones) or a steadier ascent if you take. The right hand path is better maintained (although not wheel friendly).  Please note that if preferable to get the bus up from Todmorden bus station, as there is very little space to park and you can end up blocking the road for local drivers.

Facilities and refreshment options:  There are no toilet or refreshment facilities on the walk but the Top Brink and the Good Shepherd Pubs are both located near the start of the walk and can provide food and drinks.  

Website link: www.visitcalderdale.com/stoodley-pike-monument

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