May 282012

A ride from near the base of Stoodley Pike westwards along the Pennine Way Bridleway and the return along the Rochdale Canal.

Distance: 12.4 km (approx 7.75 miles)
Time: approx 1.5 hrs
Height gained: 297 m
Map: Outdoor Leisure 21 – South Pennines
Parking: Along Lee Bottom Road (SD 941260)
Refreshments: “Top Brink Inn”, Lumbutts (SD 956235)
“Shepherd’s Rest”, Hey Head Green (SD 945231)
Pubs and cafes in Todmorden (SD 936241)

View the route in OS Openspace: Pennine Way Bridleway and Rochdale Canal

Note: Our route starts from Higher Stoodley Farm, the cottage we had rented for the weekend. Our Monday ride – nothing too taxing as we were heading back south that afternoon

Route: (clockwise) Higher Stoodley Farm – Mankinholes – Lumbuttts – Hey head Green – Rake End – North Hollingworth Farm – Rochdale Canal – Walsden – Todmorden – Rochdale Canal – Lobb Mill – Spring Side – Middle Stoodley – Higher Stoodley Farm