Tuesday Night in Trouser Town

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
A bridge in Hebden Bridge

Armed with some MBR route maps and some ideas in my head of linking them together with some Strava intel I had uncovered, I set off to explore Hebden Bridge on Tuesday evening aiming for Stoodley Pike.

Stoodley Pike is a 1,300-foot (400 m) hill in the south Pennines, noted for the 121 feet (37 m) Stoodley Pike Monument at its summit, which dominates the moors above Todmorden in West Yorkshire, England. The monument was designed in 1854 by local architect James Green, and completed in 1856 at the end of the Crimean War.

The monument replaced an earlier structure, started in 1814 and commemorating the defeat of Napoleon and the surrender of Paris. It was completed in 1815, after the Battle of Waterloo, but collapsed in 1854 after an earlier lightning strike, and decades of weathering. Its replacement was therefore built slightly further from the edge of the hill. During repair work in 1889 a lightning conductor was added, and although the tower has since been struck by lightning on numerous occasions, no notable structural damage is evident. There is evidence to suggest that some sort of structure existed on the site even before the earlier structure was built.

~ Wikipedia

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
Some cobbles

After some wrong turns in the town itself I eventually found myself on a rather steep road climb out towards the moors. The road turned to cobbles, farm track and eventually some boggy peat! But it was mostly rideable – even the climb in my 1×10.

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
Go away clouds

The weather wasn’t looking great but I was not going to let a bit of precipitation stand in my way. I took the opportunity to use my brilliant Alpkit Gourdon to keep some spare layers dry. I also packed my lights and some snacks – the pack is great.

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
Stoodley Pike

Eventually reaching the Pike and Monument I was pleased with myself for getting out rather than sitting in the pub for the evening. The sky was clearing a little too. It was pretty bleak up there s its exposed on all sides to the elements but the monument provides some shelter.

I saw some steps but figured it was blocked off inside so didn’t go in.  However I have just discovered that it may have been possible to walk up inside. Be interested to know if this is still open.  I don’t feel too disappointed as the views weren’t nearly as good as they are in this video thnks to the weather.

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
Sheltering from the wind

Once sheltered for a short while for a brief snack and drink I took some rather predictable selfies and wide angle shots of the monument before heading off.

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
Obligatory selfie in front of a monument

We have a similar sized monument here in Cherhill but you cannot go inside or even that close to it anymore as it is much need of some repairs.

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
Pennine Way (I think)

The descent from the monument was  little treacherous to say the least. The high winds, slippery rocks, unfamiliar obstacles and the fact that I was on my own, meant that I was unusually cautious and opted to miss the first section and zip down the grass. As I got out of the wind and began to find my feet my courage increased and I started to enjoy the technical descent.

Take a look at my Vimeo clip below for a look at the descent…

As you will see from my little video I bumped into some locals and my return journey then took on a new form as they showed me some of the local trails that I hadn’t come across in my research.

They also showed me to a pub which meant that after a few local ales I had an extra long wobble back up to my bed for the night.

I will have to go back to Trouser Town soon…

TimFromWales in Hebden Bridge
At the pub

Oh yeah “Trouser Town”, well…

at one time Hebden was known as “Trouser Town” because of the large amount of clothing manufacturing ~ Wikipedia

And if you want a pair of trousers authentically made in Trouser Town from locally sourced materials, manufactured in traditional methods you should check out HebTroCo

6 thoughts on “Tuesday Night in Trouser Town

  1. Glad you enjoyed your day out around Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

    You can go up inside the monument btw. It’s open all the time. It is however pitch black inside so take a torch.

    The ‘Pennine Way’ picture is actually the Pennine Bridleway or more locally known as ‘London Road’. After the gate it’s Kilnshaw Lane. The walkers route goes along the top of the pike to the monument. Technically what you rode was footpath, though what difference that makes on a path as widely used as the Pennine Way is neither here nor there. Watch out for walkers if you’re riding off the front of the Pike though.

    More routes available at http://cyclecalderdale.co.uk for next time you’re up. IMHO you can’t beat the Whirlaw Common, Tod Golf Course, Rodwell End descent – almost every ride for me. 😉

    1. Thanks for the reply and correcting my picture label! I know i rode on some footpaths – I try not to but I followed some well biked routes so figured I wasn’t the first ( I know it doesn’t make it right ). Though I do believe that apart from the front of the Monument the other trails I rode were infact bridleways. I rode Kilnshaw Lane to London Rd and then up onto the Pike. According to my OS map they are bridleways. I am sure that the route we took down to Charlestown was not a bridleway but it was also not a foot path!

    2. BTW this was a very quick stop. Only arrived at 6.30 pm and was off again at 8am the next day. Planning a longer weekend soon. May get in touch with you for some advice as there could be a group oif us

  2. Hi Tim, stumbled on your blog when doing some research on HebTroCo. Liked your piece about Hebden very much and have just ‘liked’ your FB page. You’ve already inspired me to have a look at Alpkit bags.Was up at Stodgy myself a couple of weeks ago. Yes it’s pitch black inside but only for a few steps, you don’t need a torch if you’re careful, and the views from the top are impressive. Was also in the Old Gate, which was also impressive! What is the bike you were riding in Hebden? It looks like a cool machine! Thanks for taking the trouble to post, I’ll check out your other blogs asap. Cheers, Tony

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