Blackstone Edge and the Pennine Way without a car


8 miles long

Blackstone Edge #Rochdale

Blackstone Edge Triangulation Pillar cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Dixon - – cropped from original

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A lack of public transport means that, for much of its length, a linear walk on the Pennine Way is not a practical proposition without the use of two cars. However, the section between Hebden Bridge and Standedge – much of which passes through Rochdale borough – is an exception. This walk therefore makes use of the excellent local bus network. It visits both old and new transport routes, dating from the Middle Ages right up to the present time.

Accessibility and facilities

Although the route is classed as “Moderate” on the Walking Britain website, we would rate it as ‘challenging’ in view of the high ground covered and the variable terrain in places. This makes it unsuitable for wheelchair and pushchair-users.

The walk starts at a pub – the White House – high above Littleborough and finishes in Marsden, where there are a range of cafés and pubs.

How to get there

There are regular buses to the start point from Rochdale and Littleborough, while Marsden (the end point) is served by trains from Manchester and Stalybridge.

To work out how to get to and from the walk start point and end point, simply click the Google Maps links on this page. Then click ‘Directions’ and enter your postcode or location in the relevant field. For public transport options, click on the train icon.

Alternatively, input the postcode(s) shown on this page into the TfGM journey planner at

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