Stoodley Pike Monument Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 6 miles (10 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA

Key Highlights:

  • Stoodley Pike Monument: A 37-meter tall monument built in 1856 to commemorate the end of the Crimean War, offering stunning panoramic views of the Calder Valley.
  • Pennine Way: The route follows this famous long-distance footpath, ensuring well-marked and scenic paths.
  • Rochdale Canal: A historical waterway that played a crucial role during the Industrial Revolution and now offers a tranquil walking path.

End Point: Hebden Bridge, HX7 6AA

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 6 miles (10 kilometres)

Difficulty: Moderate – the walk includes some steep ascents and uneven terrain, making it suitable for those with a reasonable level of fitness.

Terrain: Mixed terrain with well-maintained paths, steep sections, and potentially muddy areas, especially after rain.


  • By Car: Parking is available in Hebden Bridge at various car parks including St. Pol Square Car Park and Station Road Car Park.
  • Public Transport: Hebden Bridge is accessible by train, making it easy to reach the start point without a car.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy walking boots are essential due to the uneven and sometimes slippery surfaces.

Supplies: Bring water and snacks. Hebden Bridge offers a variety of cafes and pubs for refreshments post-walk.

Navigation: The route is well-signposted, but carrying a detailed map (OS Explorer OL21) or a GPS device is recommended for added security.

The Stoodley Pike Monument walk offers a mix of historical interest and natural beauty.

Starting from Hebden Bridge, this 6-mile circular route takes you up to the iconic Stoodley Pike Monument, along the Pennine Way, and back via the Rochdale Canal.

This moderately challenging walk provides stunning views, historical landmarks, and a peaceful countryside experience, making it a rewarding outing for walkers of all levels.

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