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A walk from the White House pub Blackstone Edge above Littleborough to Hebden Bridge

Introduction

Approx 9 to 10 miles
Approx 5 to 6 hours
Refreshments available at start* and finish of route
* If the White House pub is open

For tickets that may help you get here see.

Travel pass UK.Travel pass everywhere in Great Britain.

A ticket that is valid from both ends of this walk
West Yorkshire Day Rover
This may or may not be the best way of getting here for you.

This starts as Moorland walk that follows the route of the Pennine Way for part of the way and then becomes a canalside walk at the end of the route.
The most difficult part of this walk is the drop down from Stoodley Pike into the valley below. This is a steep and rugged path the rest of the walk is relatively flat and easy.

To see another walk that uses the Pennine way as part of its route see my
Edale the Horseshoe walk

This walk starts at the White House pub just to the western side of the summit of the A58 between Rochdale and Halifax.
The number 528 bus Halifax to Rochdale bus passes here approximately once an hour in each direction.
see
Traveline
for more details
Please note if you are using a
West Yorkshire Day Rover
the West Yorkshire boundary is just before the Summit of the A58 a short walk from the pub which is actually in Greater Manchester you may have to alight at the boundary and walk the short distance to the pub but a kindly driver may allow you stay on the bus for such a short distance




A Pennine Way pub.



The White House Pub Littleborough

The White House Pub



The White House Pub Littleborough on the A58

Looking East along the A58 from the White House



View from the White House Pub over Littleborough and Rochdale

View west along the A58 looking over Littleborough and Rochdale



The White House Black Stone Edge

From the Pub head up the road.on the same towards the summit for a short distance you will come to a gate and a sign for the Pennine way go through the gate following the Pennine Way. In this shot we are looking back at the pub



Pennine Way Sign

The Pennine way sign described above



The Pennine Way heading North along Black Stone Edge Reservoir dam wall

The way ahead the path follows the dam wall of Black Stone Edge Reservoir at first



The White House Public House between Halifax and Rochdale

Looking back at the White House from the dam wall



Black Stone Edge Reservoir

Shortly after Black Stone Edge Reservoir comes into view



Dam overflow bridge

We cross the dam overflow channel



Looking south at Black Stone Edge Reservoir

Looking back at the reservoir. As we approach its northern end it narrows down



The Pennine Way heading north from Black Stone Edge Reservoir

The way the path is clear and well defined



View over Littleborough and Rochdale from the Pennine Way

The views to the west over Littleborough and Rochdale and way beyond give some idea of just how high we are



Approaching a rocky outcrop known as the Stanza Stone

Approaching a rocky outcrop known as the Stanza Stones



Stanza Stones Littleborough pennine Way

A closer view of the Stanza Stones hard to believe this was once sediment on the sea bed millions of years ago



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The way ahead just keep heading straight on ignore the path to the right at this point



Pennine way sign above Littleborough

The way is signed



The Pennine way between Stanza Stones and Light Hazzels Reservoir

The way ahead is wide and clear as we head towards Light Hazzels Reservoir



Electric Pylons on the moors above Littleborough

An unusual shot as we pass under electric pylons



Light Hazzels Reservoir comes into view

Light Hazzels Reservoir comes into view



Looking back towards Littleborough from Light Hazzels Reservoir

Looking back towards Littleborough and Rochdale



Light Hazzels Reservoir

Light Hazzels Reservoir



Looking back along Light Hazzels Reservoir

Looking back along Light Hazzels Reservoir



Between Light Hazzels Reservoir and Warland Reservoir on the Pennine Way

Between Light Hazzels Reservoir and Warland Reservoir



Approaching Warland Reservoir

Approaching Warland Reservoir



Looking back towards Littleborough Rochdale and beyond

Looking back again over Littleborough and Rochdale the views from here are tremendous



A good view of Warland Reservoir

A good view of Warland Reservoir in front of us



At the side of Warland Reservoir

At this point the path at the side of the reservoir is the Pennine way and the path we will be following



The Pennine way along the side of Warland Reservoir

The route ahead along the side of Warland Reservoir



Reservoir Building on Warland Reservoir

An interesting Reservoir structure



Approaching the end of Warland Reservoir on the Pennine Way

Approaching the end of Warland Reservoir



Looking back down Warland Reservoir from the Northern end

Looking back down Warland Reservoir



The way ahead after Warland Reservoir along the Pennine Way

The way ahead



Warland Reservoir through a fence

An interesting view of Warland Reservoir before we start to head accross the moors



A drainage channel Warland Reservoir

A drainage channel into the reservoir guiding water off the moors



The Pennine Way Heading north from Warland Reservoir

The Pennine Way heading north from Warland Reservoir note the drainage channel at the side of us the Victorians who built these dams certainly knew how to get the water where they wanted it to go



Stoodley Pike Monument from Warland Reservoir

Then Stoodley Pike Monument comes into view in the distance (it can just be seen in the middle of this picture) this is our next goal but it is a long way off



A view of Stoodley Pike from the Pennine way above Warland Reservoir

A better view of Stoodley Pike



The Pennine Way heading north away from Warland Reservoir

The way ahead across the moors



Paved Pennine way between Warland Reservoir and Stoodley Pike

As we cross the Moors much of the route is paved this has been done to stop erosion. Without the paving this path would be a a muddy mire as even on a dry day the area is a like a sponge.



Stoodley Pike still seems to get no nearer

As we walk Stoodley Pike still seems to get no nearer. Beware as you walk on the paving the slabs can wobble in the mud and water can shoot up your legs



Approaching a Pennine Way sign Stoodley Pike aa a backdrop

Approaching a sign



Pennine Way sign

Guess what its a Pennine Way sign, it tells us Stoodley Pike is 1 and a half miles



The Pennine Way

The way on



Stoodley Pike gets no closer

It really feels Stoodley Pike is getting no closer



At this point we get a good view of Withens Clough Reservoir

At this point we get a good view of Withens Clough Reservoir



The Pennine Way above Withens Clough Reservoir

We lose the paving it can get a little muddy under foot



Stoodley Pike is starting to look a bit nearer

Stoodley Pike is getting a little closer as we start to descend into a small dip



A view down the Upper Calder Valley off the Pennine Way above Todmorden

The Upper Calder Valley comes into view we are now above the West Yorkshire town of Todmorden



This seat was built in memory of Cyril Webster who died in 1992

This seat high above Todmorden was built in memory of Cyril Webster who died in 1992 a fine memorial for someone who loved the hills



Dropping down into a small dip above Todmorden

Dropping down into a small dip above Todmorden, we will soon be climbing again though



A dip on the Pennine Way above Todmorden

This is our low point from here we start to climb again



An unusual Pennine way sign where the Pennine Way Crosses the Calderdale Way

It is also where the Pennine Way crosses the Calderdale Way as this unusual sign shows



The Pennine Way Heading towards Stoodley Pike above Todmorden note this strange stone we pass on the right

As we start to climb out of the dip note this strange stone we pass on the right



Stoodley Pike in the distance

The way on to Stoodley Pike



Todmorden from the Pennine Way

Looking back over Todmorden



Cairns on the Pennine Way near Stoodley Pike

As we head towards Stoodley Pike Cairns appear this feels like a mountain



Flat plateau as we approach Stoodley Pike from the south along the Pennine Way

For the last time the path becomes level as we approach Stoodley Pike



Stoodley Pike West Yorkshire

Suddenly the path is easy and the monument looks close what a relief



Stoodley Pike just over the brow

And getting closer but. still seems to take forever, maybe its the getting nearer syndrome



Stoodley Pike after a very long walk

And suddenly there it is in all its glory definitely the highlight of this walk



What a sight Stoodley Pike Monument Todmorden West Yorkshire

Heres a little bit of history and a geography lesson combined.
Stodley Pike is a 1,300 foot (400m) hill in the south Pennines, noted for the 121 feet (37m) Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors above Todmorden in West Yorkshire, England. The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War.The monument replaced an earlier structure, started in 1814 and commemorating the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It was completed in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo (Napoleonic Wars), but collapsed in 1854 after an earlier lightning strike, and decades of weathering. Its replacement was therefore built slightly further from the edge of the hill. During repair work in 1889 a lightning conductor was added, and although the tower has since been struck by lightning on numerous occasions, no notable structural damage is evident. There is evidence to suggest that some sort of structure existed on the site before even this earlier structure was built.
The inscription above the entrance is worn and covered with lichen but it is legible and reads
STOODLEY PIKE A BEACON MONUMENT ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION COMMENCED IN 1814 TO COMMEMORATE THE SURRENDER OF PARIS TO THE ALLIES

InsInscriptiin on Stoodley Pike Monument

Theres the insciption but like it says very hard to make out

Anyway back to modern day and how incredible this place is




Close up of Stoodley Pike

This really is a massive structure



The way into Stoodley Pike

You can actually go into the monument



Spiral staircase inside Stoodley Pike West Yorkshire

There is a spiral staircase inside this is very dark so take a torch or use your phone to see the way



Looking up to the top of Stoodley Pike Monument inside

Looking up to the top of Stoodley Pike monument on the inside look carefully you can just see daylight at the top



Way onto the balcony of Stoodley Pike Monument

The way onto the balcony from the top of the spiral staircase



Looking up Stoodley Pike from the balcony

Looking up from the balcony



Balcony on Stoodley Pike Monument

The balcony you can walk right round



View of Todmorden from the balcony on Stoodley Pike Monument

The view to Todmorden from the balcony



View across the moors from Stoodley Pike Monument balcony

Then a view back across the moors



The exit from Stoodley Pike Monument

The way out



The way down from Stoodley Pike

At this point we now leave the route of the Pennine Way take the footpath directly infront of the monument down the hillside be warned this path is steep and awkward but worth it.
You could stay on the Pennine Way that would drop you into the valley nearer to Hebden Bridge but ee are going for a longer canalside walk



Below Stoodley Pike Monument

As we head down the hill Stoodley Pike Monument is still Incredibly imposing



Heading down from Stoodley Pike Todmorden

Making our way down the hillside



Path below Stoodley Pike Monument West Yorks

The path zig zags down the hill.



Looking up at Stoodley Pike

Looking back at Stoodley Pike Monument we have dropped a considerable height



Almost off the difficult path below Stoodley Pike

At this point we are almost off the difficult downhill path



Crossing the path under Stoodley Pike

Cross the path at the bottom of the hill and go over this stile



Approaching a surfaced road below Stoodley Pike

After the stile follow the path down to the surfaced road and turn right the road immediately curves round to the left and keeps dropping down



Heading down towards Lee Bottom Rd

The road heading into the valley



Lee Bottom Rd Near Todmorden

You will eventually come to a T Junction with Lee Bottom Rd turn right at this juncion into Lee Bottom Rd this is what you will see



Stoodley Pike from Lee Bottom Rd

Looking back up to Stoodley Pike



Heading along Lee Bottom Road

Heading along Lee Bottom Road



The Junction of Lee Bottom Road a Stoodley Lane

Then take a left down Stoodley Lane



Stoodley Lane West Yorkshire

The way ahead looking down Stoodley Lane



Heading down Stoodley Lane

Heading down Stoodley Lane. At this point the road curves sharply to the right and heads into Stoodley Wood



Heading into Stoodley Wood

Heading into Stoodley Wood



Stoodley Wood near Todmorden West Yorks

Passing through Stoodley Wood



The Rochdale Canal from Stoodley Lane

We then cross the Rochdale Canal a Transpennine waterway. We will be following the towpath into Hebden bridge but there is no access to the towpath off Stoodley Lane we will have to go up to the main road Halifax Rd the A646 before gaining access to the canal
The Rochdale Canal also gets a mention in my
Bus ride from Manchester to Rochdale
and my
Museum of Science and Industry lunatictravel.com styl
page



Stoodley Lane Todmorden near Halifax Rd

Cross the canal and keep following the road round



Stoodley lane between Canal and Halifax Rd

We pass some houses and walk up a small rise before joining Halifax Rd the A646



The Junction of Stoodley Lane and Halifax Rd

The junction of Stoodley Lane and Halifax Rd here we turn right and proceed along Halifax Rd. If you wish to end your walk here there is a good bus service up and down the valley to Hebden Bridge and Halifax also Todmorden, Burnley and Rochdale



Stoodley Pike from Halifax Rd the A646

Even from valley Stoodley Pike is a dominating feature



Bridgeholme Cricket Club

As we head down Halifax Rd we pass the Bridgeholme Cricket Club



Halifax Rd A646 across the road from the Bridgeholme Cricket Club

Walking along Halifax Rd we are on the opposite side of the road to the cricket club. We will be crossing the road and turning right down Stoodley Glen which is just after the cream coloured house in this shot



Stoodley Glen

Looking down Stoodley Glen this road takes us down to the canal



The Rochdale Canal at Stoodley Glen

Once at the canal turn left onto the towpath. From here the walk is easy just keep following the canal towpath all the way into Hebden Bridge



an overflow on the Rochdale Canal Caldervale

We cross an overflow from the canal the water drains into the river Calder that runs alongside the canal



Looking across the river Calder from the towpath of the Rochdale Canal between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge

Looking across the River Calder that is on the right hand side of the towpath over to the houses on Halifax Rd the A646



Towpath on the Rochdale Canal Caldervale

The way ahead



Passing under Burnt Acres Lane

We pass under Burnt Acres Lane



A very unusual garden Burnt Acres Lane near Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire

As we emerge from the bridge there is a very unusual garden.that comes into view built into the hillside on the opposite side of the canal



The Rochdale Canal east of Burnt Acres Lane

Heading away from Burnt Acres Lane



A wonderful Looking boat just before Callis Lock 13 appears

A fine looking vessel just before we arrive at Callis Lock no 13 the lock gates can be seen in the background in this shot



Lock Gates Callis Lock 13 Rochdale Canal West Yorks

A better view of the lock gates



Callis Lock No 13 Rochdale Canal Calder Vale Wwst Yorks near Hebden Bridge

Passing Callis Lock no 13



Eastbound from Callis Lock No 13 Rochdale Canal

Looking in the direction we are walking from Callis Lock No 13



Narrowboats just east of Callis Lock Rochdale Canal

A peaceful scene narrowboats at rest just after Callis Lock as we make our way towards Hebden Bridge



A beautiful scene on the Rochdale Canal narrowboats resting

The way ahead. What a wonderful life the canal provides to the people who use it



Rawden Mill Lock Number 12 Rochdale Canal

We then pass Rawden Mill Lock no 12



A canal scene just East of Rawden Mill Lock No 12 Rochdale Canal

The way ahead just after Rawden Mill Lock no 12 the river Calder is right next to us just over the wall on the left



Rochdale Canal and the back end of a Hebden Bridge cruise boat Oliver

As we carry on down the towpath we pass some houses who's gardens back onto the towpath. We also now can see the narrowboat Oliver that belongs to
Hebden Bridge Cruises
who run pleasure cruises along the canal



Oliver Hebden Bridge Cruises

As we walk along we gradually catch up with Oliver



Passing under the railway on the Rochdale Canal near Hebden Bridge

Passing under the main Manchester Victoria and Blackpool to Leeds railway on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge



Stubbing Wharf

Approaching Stubbing wharf pub a fine canalside establishment



Oliver on the Rochdale Canal at Stubbing Wharf

As we leave Stubbing Wharf we pass Oliver



Approaching Stubbing Upper Lock 11

Approaching Stubbing Upper Lock No 11



Stubbing Upper Lock 11

Stubbing Upper Lock No 11



Looking down at Stubbing Lower Lock No 10 from Stubbing Upper Lock

Looking towards Stubbing Lower Lock



Stubbing Lower Lock no 10

Stubbing Lower Lock no 10



Holme Mill Chimney from the Rochdale Canal

We then pass Holme Mill Chimney



Below Stubbing Lock Rochdale Canal

The way on to Hebden Bridge from Stubbing low lock



Rhododendrons at Hebden Bridge

Looking back towards Stubbing Low Lock could not resist this picture of these beautiful rhododendrons



Passing under Hebble End on the Rochdale Canal Towpath

Passing under Hebble End



Hanging Bike Hebble End

As we pass Hebble End there is an unusual hanging bike



Approaching Black Pit Lock no 9 Rochdale Canal

Approaching Black Pit Lock No 9



Black Pit Lock No 9 Hebden Bridge west Yorks

Black Pit Lock no 9. Just after the lock turn left down the lane into the town



New Rd the A646 Hebden Bridge

New Road the A646 Hebden Bridge this is the main road through Hebden Bridge



The Packhorse Bridge

The packhorse bridge



Looking across the old packhorse bridge Hebden Bridge West Yorks

Looking across the old bridge



Bridge Gate Hebden Bridge

Looking along Bridge Gate



St Georges Square Hebden Bridge

St Georges Square, Before you leave Hebden Bridge really is a lovely place to walk around and pherhaps take some refreshment



Rochdale Canal centre of Hebden Bridge

Back at the Canal in the centre of Hebden Bridge



Towpath on the Rochdale Canal through Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire

From the centre of Hebden Bridge you could take a bus to Halifax, Todmorden, Burnley or Rochdale or you could walk to the station to catch a train. If you choose to catch a train you could follow the A646 in the direction of Halifax to get to the station or alternatively you could follow the towpath. If you choose the towpath cross over the canal as it changes sides here.



Goose in Hebden Bridge

On this paticular day following the towpath at this point may not have been a good idea as I think one of the geese may have been very unhappy. They were only protecting their young. Fortunately there is a path that runs parallel in the park next to the towpath which was a much better idea this time



The Park at Hebden Bridge

Walking through the park



Approaching Hebden Bridge railway station

From the park and the towpath there is a path leading up to the station approach road where we are in this shot



Looking in the direction of Halifax from Hebden Bridge Railway Station

Looking in the direction of Halifax. Trains can be caught from Here to York via Halifax, Bradford, and Leeds, to Blackpool via Burnley, Accrington, Blackburn and Preston and to Manchester Victoria via Todmorden and Rochdale



Station nameplate Hebden Bridge

Although this station is on a mainline on the modern rail network it has all the feel of a preserved railway



Looking in the direction of Blackpool and Manchester from Hebden Bridge Station

Looking in the direction of Blackpool and Manchester


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