Though slightly less remote - particularly early on, this stage does a good job of keeping you high up on moorland to avoid the more urban areas. You will still enjoy expansive views of the surrounding countryside but will porbably find the route to be a little busier in this area.
What you loose in remoteness is made up for by some easier terrain. You can enjoy a long stretch passing reservoirs on good tracks today after negotiating Blackstone Edge before you reach Stoodley Pike and a steady downhill towards the town of Hebden Bridge.
From Stoodley Pike it is possible to follow an alternative route which brings you in to Hebden Bridge rather than further down the Rochdale Canal. Details of the route can be found here:
Rest stopsThe White House
There are a couple of roads with fast moving traffic which need to be crossed today - At the start of the day take care crossing road at Standedge Cutting. Once you descend from Blackstone Edge you will briefly walk up the road past the White House pub. Again, the road here can be busy with fast moving traffic however there is a good wide verge to walk on the left side of the road up towards the pub.
Navigation across Blackstone Edge summit could be tricky in poor weather conditions as the path is fairly ambiguous crossing rocks and boulders. There are several small cairns along the route to aid navigation but if in doubt the map and gps track are useful here.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Pennine Way map published by Harvey Maps. They publish a map for both the North and South section of the walk so if you are doing the full walk you will need both. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's Pennine Way by Stuart Greig & Henry Stedman.
Tips and hints
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
Points of Interest
The 121ft monument at the top of the hill dominates the skyline for miles around the current monument, which was completed in 1856, replacing an earlier structure dating from 1815 which was built to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon after the battle of Waterloo. If you wish you can actually climb 39 steps from the gallery in the dark to the top!
Aiggin stone and the "Roman road"
Shortly after Blackstone Edge summit you will pass the Aiggin stone and walk down the Roman road. The Aiggin stone is thought to be an old waymarker or boundary stone and still acts as a point of reference on the Pennine Way route today. From here you will briefly walk down an old cobbled road which was beleived to be of Roman Origins - however more recent investigations suggest the road is actually a packhorse road dating from the 1700's.
Food & Drink
The White House Pub and Restaurant
After descending from Blackstone Edge and almost half way along this section of the route you will pass The White House. Serving light bites and sandwiches as well as a full menu, this is a good option for stopping for lunch or a quick coffee along the route.
At the end of this section of the route you will finish near the town of Hebden Bridge. You will find this is a decent sized town with all local amenities including a good Co-op supermarket and lots of options for an evening meal.
Hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing are all required for the Pennine Way. The weather can be change quickly and even in the summer months it can be cold on the higher and more exposed sections of the route. Walking poles would also be beneficial to help with some of the tougher sections.
Ensure your phone is charged and you have a back up battery pack just in case. Always take plenty of food and fluids for a day’s walking as cafés and inns along the route are not always guaranteed to be open.
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