After checking out of the hostel, we made the short trip to Hebden Bridge where we parked the cars and then unsuccessfully interpretted the parking charges instructions. Having found that our £2 only gave us 4 hours parking we fed another £1:50 into the machine and hoped that the fact that we had paid enough for 7 hours would be OK, even though neither of the tickets individually extended that long.
There was quite a steep climb out of Hebden Bridge, which got most of the climbing out of the way early. It was not long before we could see the Stoodley Pike Monument ahead of us and there was a steady gradual climb before we got there.
The inscription on the monument reads: “STOODLEY PIKE – A BEACON MONUMENT ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION. COMMENCED IN 1814 TO COMMEMORATE THE SURRENDER OF PARIS TO THE ALLIES AND FINISHED AFTER THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO WHEN PEACE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1815. BY A STRANGE COINCIDENCE THE PIKE FELL ON THE DAY THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR LEFT LONDON BEFORE THE DECLARATION OF WAR WITH RUSSIA IN 1854. WAS REBUILT WHEN PEACE WAS RESTORED IN 1856 RESTORED AND LIGHTNING CONDUCTOR FIXED 1889”
After walking along the ridge for a while, we dropped down to the Rochester Canal, the tow path of which provided some easy walking back into Hebden Bridge.
So ended another enjoyable weekend away; all of the planned walks achieved (more or less) and apart from the problem with the parking machine and Chris losing her knickers, no untoward incidents.
Report – Alan
Walk rating – Very Good.
Pictures by Alan
Which way to the Pike?
Alexandra jumps for joy at the sight of the Pike.
There is still plenty of snow on the ground as we get up top.
Which becomes a suitably sheltered spot for coffee.
Before we move on along the ridge.
The snow line is clearly visible.
A quaint church in Lumbutts.
A sign seen along the canal path.
The Rochdale Canal.
Not sure these gate beams are designed for this sort of load?
A chimney is very prominent as we walk back into Hebden Bridge.