Start 1030 in Todmorden rail station car park (turn right on exiting station building), after the arrival of the following trains. From Lancashire, connect into the 0958 departure from Manchester Victoria (Tod. 1021). From Yorkshire, connect into the 0917 departure from Leeds (Tod. 1019). Some people – including the organisers – may want to arrive earlier, so don’t be alarmed if they’re not on your train!
Car parking is available in Todmorden but please leave plenty of time to find a space and put enough hours on any ticket to include the train/bus journey back from Hebden Bridge (frequent service).
End Hebden Bridge.
Public transport From the Lancashire side, buy a return ticket to Hebden Bridge, but get off one stop early at Todmorden. From the Yorkshire side, buy a return ticket to Todmorden, but you’ll be returning from Hebden Bridge.
Harder About 6.5 miles, but fairly strenuous, about 4-5 hours including breaks. We will climb to Stoodley Pike at around 265 metres / 870 feet above the start point.
Please wear sturdy and supportive footwear, as some of the going is rough underfoot. We would not recommend trainers. If the weather is really foul on the day, we may not do all of this route.
Easier About 5 miles, fairly flat, about 3 hours including breaks and mostly along the canal towpath in the narrow valley of the River Calder.
Food and drink Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Cafés and pubs are plentiful at the end of the walk, but not en route. The aim is for everyone to meet up in Hebden afterwards but it’s not possible to give a time as there are too many variables to predict how long a group walk will take.
Pronunciation guide Todmorden is pronounced with the stress on the TOD = TOD-mər-dən. Stoodley Pike is pronounced with the ‘Stood’ vowel short, as in the word ‘pudding’.
Booking Please book via Eventbrite and indicate your preference for the harder or easier route. You will be allowed to change your mind on the day.
Contact details For more info, please email walk leaders Mike Hanson (NWTN) or Chris Thompson (YTI). On the day, mobile phone no’s are 07941 389990 (Mike) and 07984 094613 (Chris).