Hebden Bridge and Stoodley Pike
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Join Andy and Kevin for a relaxing Sunday stroll in Hebden Bridge, taking in the many sites, including the famous Stoodley Pike!
We’ll follow Cragg Brook and go on through Cragg Vale. Once we reach the Hinchcliffe Arms we’ll head right and make a steady ascent, passing Withens Clough Reservoir and onto the Calderdale Way, before arriving a Stoodley Pike to take a well-earned lunch break.
Stoodley Pike is situated in the South Pennines in West Yorkshire in Northern England, overlooking the Calder Valley and the market town of Todmorden.
After lunch we’ll then start our descent following the Pennine Way down through Callis Woods
Finally, we’ll follow a section of the Rochdale Canal, passing though Hebden Bridge and back into Mytholmroyd.
After the walk there are a number of options of locals pubs that serve food should people want to stay for an after-walk drink or a meal.
Dogs are welcome and please be aware that they would need to be on the lead for large sections of the walk due to the close proximity of livestock etc.
Free Parking. The community centre has an optional donation box if you want to contribute but this is not required.
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What to bring
Medication if necessary
Boots: Breathable walking shoes. Preferably waterproof for any wet/muddy areas
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Socks: A good walking sock to protect your feet
Layered clothing: Interchangeable base and mid-layer/outer layer recommended for this time of year
Trousers: A pair of walking trousers over jeans and shorts etc. due to changes in weather and consider a breathable fabric where possible.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Walking pole/s if preferred
You may wish to bring along a camera to capture some of the beauty of this magical part of the country.
These cost next to nothing, don't take up much space and provide a welcome perch during a lunch break when everyone else has nicked the best seats.
The popularity of walking poles is steadily increasing as more people realise the benefits of them - this includes people of all ages. Poles offer a better spread of effort on ascent, taking some of the load off the legs and onto the arms. The same concept applies more so during descent due to the additional shock loading which would otherwise be present on the knee joints.
Poles are best used in pairs to balance your gait.
A torch isn't usually needed for easier walks, but do check the walk write-up as the short daylight hours during winter and evening walks during the summer mean that walks can sometimes finish at or after dusk.
Recommended for mountain walks during summer and winter months.
Even on short walks, it's always useful to have a couple of plasters handy in the case of blisters or other minor mishaps. Compede is useful for blisters in the early stages and is available at most outdoor shops.
For hills or mountain walking, minor cuts and abrasions can and do occur, so a few extra items such as swabs, dressings, tape and antiseptic cream will be useful. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen for pain killers.
LifeSystems do a conveniently sized pocket first-aid pouch, also available at most outdoor stores.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and snacks/water
Mytholmroyd centre has small Sainsburys and various other café’s and shops should you need to get any breakfast/supplies before heading out on the walk.