Stanza Stones Trail

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Start: Marsden
Grid Ref: SE046118
Distance: 45 miles (72 km)
Climbing: 1,835 metres
Walk time: 20-23 hours
Days: 3-5

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Stanza Stones Trail is a themed long distance walk which crosses high Pennine moorland and goes through wooded valleys on a route from Marsden to Ilkley via Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and Bingley. The Trail features six poems by Simon Armitage each of which is carved by Pip Hall into six dramatic locations on the trail. Each poem represents a weather or landform feature walkers may encounter on the trail, these being, in order of arriving at them, Snow, Rain, Mist, Dew, Puddle and Beck. The route which is set mostly within the historic ridings of Yorkshire also, in its early parts, crosses into the higher moorlands of Greater Manchester. From Marsden the trail makes its way to Ilkley via Pule Holes, Thieves Clough Bridge, Standedge, Haigh Gutter, White Hill, Blackstone Edge, White Holme Moss, Warland Reservoir, Langfield Common, Coldwell Hill, Bald Scout Hill, Stoodley Pike, Hebden Bridge, Chiserley, Wadsworth Moor, Warley Moor, Ovenden Moor, Cullingworth, Goitstock Wood, Bingley, Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Crossflatts, Riddlesden), Rombalds Moor, Addingham High Moor and Ilkley Moor. The walk also uses and intersects with other paths including the Oldham Way, Pennine Way, Rochdale Way, Todmorden Centenary Way, Calderdale Way, Calder/Aire Link and Dales Way Link.

Useful Links:
Stanza Stones Book and Guides
Stanza Stones Trail Guide (PDF)
Long Distance Walkers Association

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