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Walk #32: Standedge to Mankinholes


ZX15	The view northwards towards Stoodley Pike.
ZX16	The view southwards from Stoodley Pike.
ZX15 The view northwards towards Stoodley Pike.
ZX16 The view southwards from Stoodley Pike.

General Data

Date Walked 09/08/1999
County West Yorkshire
Start Location Standedge
End Location Mankinholes
Start time 08.20
End time 16.00
Distance 14.2 miles
Description This was a pleasant walk northwards towards Mankinholes and Hebden Bridge; some pretty moorland is crossed on the way.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition My legs are fine; when I got to Stoodley Pike Monument I shrugged off my pack and climbed up to get the wonderful views from the top. My feet are also okay; the two blisters from earlier in the week have almost gone, and a hotspot that has developed on my right foot has been covered with the Sccholl variant of blister pad. I did having trouble with my back, however - in places it is red, raw, and quite painful.
Weather The previous night had horrendous weather, loads of rain and wind. I was quit snug though. Once the walk started, there were high winds and drizzle initially but the drizzle became more intermittent as they day went on. The wind did not die down though, and I did not see a peak of sun all day.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 1 (The Peak District - Dark Peak Area) and Outdoor Leisure number 21 (South Pennines)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was a fairly easy day's walking, my legs not giving much trouble and I made very good time, actually arving above Mankinholes far to arly for the opening of the YHA at 5.00 so I went up to Stoodley Pike and generally waited around for a while. This gave me the opportunity to climb up to the top of this structure to admire some fairly spectacular views, whilst I listened to the results of the Liberal Democrat leadership election.

Today was a fairly flat walk, with many short and gentle climbs and descents. It was certainly nowhere near as strenuous as the last couple of days, and this allowed me to relax a little and enjoy the walk.

My back is giving my cause for concern, though I will try another day and see what happens. At times yesterdy it was agony. Tomorrow I am going all out for Ponden, although if I am making good time I may extend to Lothersdale.

Unfortunately I have had some big problems - my entire lower back is red raw. When I was unloading my pack in the drying room here at Mankinholes Youth Hostel I think I discovered the reason - when I reassembled my pack after washing it a few weeks ago, I put the framing in in such a way that the lower half was pressing straight into the small of my back. I have now corrected this and bought some Savlon to rub into my back. The next morning it is still tender but good enough to carry on. I have also tried the pack out and it feels generally better, with the lower half not pressing into the small of my back.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Standedge M62 5.0 755 627
M62 Light Hazzles Reservoir 4.0 512 522
Light Hazzles Reservoir Makinholes youth hostel 5.2 407 925

This makes a total distance of 14.2 miles, with 1674 feet of ascent and 2074 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #32
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
31Crowden to Standedge11.7
33Mankinholes to Ponden12.7
144A circular walk from Crowden to Black Hill8.9

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