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Stoodley Pike, Todmorden

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Stoodley Pike is a 1300ft hill in the south Pennines, noted for the Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors above Todmorden in 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 inscription above the entrance is worn and covered with lichen but it is legible and reads:STOODLEY PIKEA BEACON MONUMENTERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTIONCOMMENCED IN 1814 TO COMMEMORATETHE SURRENDER OF PARIS TO THE ALLIESAND FINISHED AFTER THE BATTLE OFWATERLOO WHEN PEACE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1815.BY A STRANGE COINCIDENCETHE PIKE FELL ON THE DAY THE RUSSIANAMBASSADOR LEFT LONDON BEFORE THEDECLARATION OF WAR WITH RUSSIA IN 1854.WAS REBUILT WHEN PEACE WAS RESTORED IN1856RESTORED AND LIGHTNING CONDUCTOR FIXED1889
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  • Took the minbus up to Shepherd's Rest and walked up to Gaddings Dam and then on to Stoodley Pike. It was windy but very enjoyable! Nice walk back into Todmorden via Top Brink Inn and saw the old mill....  more »
  • Not a bad walk from the Top Brinks in on such a wonderful blue skies day! Pretty straight forward though last bit is quite a hard thrust up. Really worth it for the views and history and there is a sl...  more »
  • Well worth the effort of the climb - if only for the view. Yorkshire and Lancashire both seem from the one spot.  more »
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  • Great walk from The White House pub, Near Blackstone Edge Reservoir. The views are great from the tower and since the it's accessible to the public, it provides shelter in cold, wet and windy days.
  • A superb 360 degree vista of our green and pleasant land. The monument is huge and very imposing, and commemorates the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It has recesses on all sides so you can shelter from the incredibly strong winds that might blow when you're up there. You can also go inside the monument, up the stone staircase to get a better view from a higher point. However, it's dark, so bring a torch.
  • Beautiful place, amazing scenery, abandoned farm house near by. Monument is vandalised unfortunately.
  • Pleasant walk from Hebden Bridge, nice 360 view.
  • Nice walk, lovely scenery