Todmorden, West Yorkshire
Starts at Todmorden Town Hall (SD936241)
3 hours 30 minutes | 7.5miles 12.1km | Leisurely
ID: 0.10003 | Developed by: Neil Coates |
Todmorden is a superb base to explore the gorges, canyons, waterfalls, ancient woods, crags, cliffs and moorland that together define the South Pennines. This energetic ramble meanders along byways and packhorse trails, past weathered tors.
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Starts at

Todmorden Town Hall (SD936241)

Ends at

Todmorden Town Hall (SD936241)

Getting there

Regular trains to Todmorden from Manchester Victoria or Halifax (03457 484950, Plenty of parking in Todmorden.

Route instructions

[1] Start From the town hall take the A646 for Burnley. In 550m, opposite the cricket ground, turn right along Victoria Road. Pass under the railway, then fork left up Meadow Bottom Road. A long, steady climb continues as Hole Bottom Road. Pass the eye-catching chimney house, then fork left up a tarred lane. Loop right along the lane (signed 'Bridleway' and 'Farm Access'), curling up through woods to a junction before a bridge below a cottage.

[2] Turn back-right for 30m to a waymarked handgate and steps (left) and join the fence-side path here. In subsequent pastures, walk towards, then beside, golf fairways to reach a tarred lane. In 500m, turn left up to a sharp-right bend. Turn left on the walled track, cross the wooded gully and keep ahead to reach a tarred lane and quirky carved stone gatepost. Turn right up to the T-junction, in 650m.

[3] Turn left, then in 100m use the kissing-gate (left) and follow the moorland path to a series of weathered gritstone tors. These are the Bride Stones, most having inventive, descriptive names, including: the Cheese Block, the Bride and Groom and the Indian Head stones. Various paths strike west through this surreal landscape, past the trig pillar and heading towards the nearer wind farm. Head right above the final outcrops to join an access track leading to Kebs Road, above the plantation.

[4] Turn left on this high road, past the crags of Hawks Stones to the gated track and bridleway (left) to Sagar Lane Farm in 550m. Drop past the cottage onto a boggy and sometimes overgrown track and keep ahead over the cross-track towards Blue Bell Lane. Go left at Coppy Stone Barn to reach the magnificent stone farmhouse of Hartley Royd.

[5] Turn left on the signed bridleway, then right at the fork beyond a gate (50m) to find Hudson Bridge. Once across, keep ahead up the field path, rising slightly left to a waymarked, gated corner. Turn right on the wide, walled packhorse trail and remain on it for 1km, via three gates and past derelict old barns.

[6] Divert left (paved path) at the third gate to explore the prominent rock formations here at Whirlaw Stones. Then return to the gate and continue gently downhill on the causey-stone track. Just past the first farm, go right at the junction to find Point 2. Head downhill to return to Todmorden.


This route was first published in the autumn 2017 issue of walk magazine.

Developed by: Neil Coates
Todmorden walk - beside the golf courseTodmorden walk - beside the golf course
Photo taken by: Neil Coates
Causey Path below Whirlaw RocksCausey Path below Whirlaw Rocks
Photo taken by: Neil Coates
Packhorse trail at Harley WoodPackhorse trail at Harley Wood
Photo taken by: Neil Coates
Todmorden walk - The BridestonesTodmorden walk - The Bridestones
Photo taken by: Neil Coates
The BridestonesThe Bridestones
Photo taken by: Neil Coates