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“Still Standing”
Review of Stoodley Pike

Stoodley Pike
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Todmorden
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 8, 2014

The original, wooden, Stoodley Pike was hit by lightning, and burned down on the eve of the relief of Mafeking and fell down at the start of the Crimean War, or so the story goes, this one has been standing for a long time and hopefully will continue to do so.not too difficult to reach, but a stot pair of shoes is definitely an advantage as it`s in the middle of the moor above Tod.

There is a tradition when courting couples visit, they sometimes have to queue to get in, in the summer, it`s amazing how much privacy they are allowed, to make love inside the monument, presumably many babies have been concieved within. If you know anyone called Stoodley, you can hazard a guess as to where they were made !!

You can find photos on Google Earth, just put Stoodley Pike, Todmorden in the search bar

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Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is on one of my favourite local locations, always atmospheric, even in the mist , rain or wind. On a clear day you get spectacular views across the South Pennine landscape as far as the Elmley Top transmitter mast some 20 miles away. Locally you look down on Todmorden, and "the London Road" immediately below which is a stoned track going back to packhorse route days and now part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail. The Pennine Way National Trail leads to/from the monument, which is actually dedicated to celebrating peace after the Napoleonic Wars. The real bonus is that you can climb inside up a dark spiral staircase with 39 stone steps to reach a great first floor house roof height balcony, where you can walk all the way around the monument and get brilliant views in every direction. I can see the monument from my home garden, and it is a regular early morning 50 minute bracing walk to get up to the Pike ,It never fails to disappoint and with the variable weather and light can often surprise you. Normally early morning I have the balcony to myself, a place for quiet contemplation, soaking in the spectacular natural beauty all around. You have to walk to get to it, (or cycle on mountain bike) . It is somewhere to relish and enjoy once you have taken the time and effort to reach it. a truly special place to linger. On calm days you may see microlites buzzing around, or at quiet times be lucky to see and hear Ravens with their deep cronking call or hovering kestrels you can unusually look down upon .I try to get up their at least once a week , There are a variety of ways to get to it, I like going up from the London Road Pennine Bridleway, then Pennine Way from the north. there are views across to the hill top settlement of Heptonstall , and on the final ascent if you keep to the upper left path, just short of the Pike is a small spring that runs all year round emptying into a stone trough, great place to stop for a refreshing cool local drink. The views, water and access are all unadulterated and free, and will refresh your spirit and clear your head, highly recommended as a stunning location to visit.

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Reviewed November 17, 2014

Did a walk around this area at the beginning of March. Quite surprised it wasn't listed as it is one of the main landmarks in this area. We walked from Todmorden, through Mankinholes and up underneath Stoodley Pike. Facebook: 3 Walking Ladies And An Unwilling Accomplice - please feel free to view photos

Thank JanetEP63
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