Stoodley Pike, Todmorden

Stoodley Pike is a 1300ft hill in the south Pennines, noted for the Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors of the upper Calder Valley in the civil parish of Todmorden near the villages of Mankinholes and Lumbutts, 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 even before the earlier structure was built. The monument is located approximately 2 miles south west of Hebden Bridge and approximately 2.5 miles east of Todmorden town centre.The inscription above the entrance is worn and covered with lichen but it is legible and reads:STOODLEY PIKEA BEACON MONUMENTERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
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  • This monument can be seen in most directions around the area. Standing proud on a desolate moorland hill top. Built of Millstone Grit by Prisoners of War I believe. Huge chunks of rock make you wonder...  more »
  • Recommended by a mate, lovely sights.. 10 mins drive from Hollingsworth lake. Easy walk for anyone looking at a quick fixed to get the body moving again. We was up and down in 2 hours . Could of been ...  more »
  • The views from the top are amazing. A hike for locals and travellers alike. Nearby is shepards rest and top brink for a beer or a brew after a good walk.  more »
  • You can take several different routes up the Stoodley Pike and the view is worth every step.
  • You can see this from miles around. If you take the hit on the lungs to get up there then the views are awesome
  • Nice easy walk and fantastic view when you get there
  • Excellent views of the surrounding area. Take a jacket with you, it can be nippy once you get up there.
  • Lovely walk up to monument bit steep in 0laces

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