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 SUBSCRIPTIONAdd Stoodley Pike to your Todmorden travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Todmorden trip builder tool .
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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 »
I've been lucky enough to get superb weather every time I have visited. The views and setting are wonderful. However the spiral staircase in the monument has no windows. Part of it is pitch dark so if you want to go up and are not confortable with that bring a torch.
This is a war memorial to the Napoleonic wars. Once it was destroyed by lighting, but has been rebuilt. The stairs up to the balcony are not lit, and one has to feel one's way in the dark. Because of the pressure of so many people, parts of the footpath close to the monument have been flagged. Great views on a clear day. Worth the effort to get to visit.
Under a warm sun and buffeted by a stirring wind I walked along an airy ridge. Just me, my chihuahuas and my thoughts. Not another soul in sight.. isn't that priceless?
After a day of riding round hebden bridge. Took a ride up to the monument. Views are breath taking. You can also go up on top of the tower. Worth a visit 👌👍
Extremely windy! But great views all round. Can go inside the Tower to viewing platform. A lovely walk along the TC Way.
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