Walk: Mary Towneley Loop

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The Mary Towneley Loop is a picturesque 47-mile circular walk located in the South Pennines of northern England. Named after Mary Towneley, a passionate advocate for countryside access, the trail meanders through a diverse landscape of rolling hills, dense woodlands, and serene moorlands. The loop, part of the larger Pennine Bridleway National Trail, is well-marked and suitable for both walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.

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The Route

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Walk Description

Waterfoot: The loop typically starts in Waterfoot, a small town in Rossendale, Lancashire. From here, the trail ascends onto the moorlands, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Cown Edge: As you progress, you will encounter Cown Edge, a notable ridge providing expansive views across Greater Manchester and the Peak District.

Long Causeway: The route continues towards the Long Causeway, an ancient packhorse route that once facilitated trade across the Pennines. This section includes cobbled paths and historic features.

Widdop Reservoir: Further along, the trail skirts Widdop Reservoir, where you can enjoy the tranquil waters and the rugged landscape of the South Pennines.

Gorple Road: After passing Widdop Reservoir, the route follows Gorple Road, a track that takes you through open moorland and offers a sense of remoteness and solitude.

Walshaw Dean Reservoirs: The loop then leads to the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs, a series of reservoirs surrounded by beautiful, undulating terrain. This area is ideal for birdwatching and appreciating the natural beauty.

Hebden Bridge: Descending into the Calder Valley, the route reaches Hebden Bridge, a picturesque market town known for its artistic community and vibrant atmosphere. It’s a great spot to take a break and explore.

Stoodley Pike: Leaving Hebden Bridge, the trail climbs up to Stoodley Pike, a prominent hill topped by a towering monument. The views from here are spectacular, making the climb well worth the effort.

Todmorden: The route then descends into Todmorden, another charming town in the Calder Valley. It’s known for its historic architecture and community spirit.

Hurstwood Reservoir: Continuing through the loop, you will pass by Hurstwood Reservoir, set in a serene valley and surrounded by lush greenery.

Towneley Park: Finally, the trail takes you through Towneley Park, a historic estate with beautiful woodlands, gardens, and Towneley Hall, a historic house museum.

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Grooms House

Commercial Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AJ, United Kingdom

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Croft Mill

Croft Mill Yard, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AB, United Kingdom

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