Stoodley Pike Walk
This circular walk takes you to the Stoodley Pike monument from Todmorden. It makes use of the Calderdale Way and the Pennine Way to take you to the monument before returning to Todmorden along the Rochdale Canal.
The walk starts in Todmorden near the train station. You then follow the Calderdale Way to the little village of Lumbutts where you will find an old church, a mill house and pretty cottages. The walk continues past the Heeley Dam reservoir to Withens Gate where you pick up the Pennine Way. This takes you across Higher Moor to the Stoodley Pike summit. Here you will find the impressive monument, built in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War. You can climb the stairs of the monument to a viewing platform and enjoy wonderful views over Calderdale.
From the summit you descend to the Rochdale Canal where a long waterside section leads back to Todmorden. It's a lovely section of the canal with old bridges, mills and locks. The surrounding hills and countryside make a splendid backdrop.
You can also reach the hill from nearby Hebden Bridge by following the Pennine Bridleway.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could follow Pennine Way the to the nearby Withens Clough Reservoir. There is a nice waterside footpath with good views of the surrounding moorland and back to the monument.
PostcodeOL14 7AA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Stoodley Pike Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Stoodley Pike Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Stoodley Pike OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Stoodley Pike Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to the nearby Top Brink pub for some well earned refreshments after your walk. The traditional original pub includes stone features, beamed ceilings, brassware & pottery, and a light airy large conservatory to the front with panoramic views. Outside there are several outside eating areas, including a large decked area and a lovely garden area with pretty flower baskets. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the countryside views with your meal. You can find the pub at Lumbutts just a short distance to the west of the hill. Postcode is OL14 6JB for your sat navs.
The pike makes for an excellent walk for fit dogs. The Top Brink pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
One nice idea is to head east of the Pike to visit the little village of Cragg Vale. It has an interesting history connected with the The Cragg Vale Coiners, a band of counterfeiters that produced fake gold coins in the late 18th century to supplement small incomes from weaving. Just to the north you'll find Bell House Moor where the house of the leader of the Cragg Vale coiners can be seen. The Cragg Vale Walk starts from the village and visits Withens Clough Reservoir before climbing to the viewpoint at Turley Holes Edge. You could start the walk to the Pike from the village and head west along the Calderdale Way before turning to north along the Pennine Way. The Hinchcliffe Arms pub in the village does some of the best food in the area and would make an excellent end to the walk.
The circular Walk around Todmorden passes the hill. You can follow it south to the nearby Warland Reservoir and White Holme Reservoir.
Just to the west of Todmorden there's some nice peaceful trails around the woodland of Gorpley Clough and the adjacent Gorpley Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Pennines Walks page.