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Name:Blackstone Edge
Hill number:5319
Height:474m / 1555ft
Parent (Ma):2810  Black Hill
Alternative top: (Hail Storm Hill (boundary))
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Rochdale (UA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Aire, Mersey
Watershed:Humber Estuary, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Liverpool Bay, Land's End to John o' Groats, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Hump, Tump (400-499m), Current County/UA Top, Clem
Grid ref:SD 97334 16266
Summit feature:large boulder with OS benchmark 160m SE of trig point
Col:372m  SD983147  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 109
(1:25k) OL21S
Observations:top of boulder is c0.4m higher than the rock tor at SD 97205 16359 known as Robin Hood's Bed
Survey:Abney level
Survey of Blackstone Edge (Final).doc
Comments:Col height marked by name plate on motorway. County Top twinned with hill 5533
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  • Rochdale current county/UA top (joint)

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 304 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Circular route via Castle Hill, Windy Hill and Blackstone Edge.Eggletina20/06/2020
Followed the Pennine Way from J22 parking.rhalstead14/06/2020
From Ogden Reservoir via Pennine Bridleway and Rochdale Way. Back via Pennine Way and Piethorne Reservoir.davidpettit8426/05/2020
Sunset Hike from White Horse Pubjmistry8620/09/2019
Walk from White House Pub over Blackstone Edge then over to Dog Hill finishing at the Turnpikethecoopers12/09/2019
Opportune Friday day trip over to Todmorden today for a few quick hills in between the heavy rain showers.Alex C09/08/2019
From the south.Adrian27/04/2019
Parking to the North on the A58 at SD967178 just below the White House pub.David Evans18/02/2019
Approach from S, via fb over M62. Lots of gritstone boulders around summit area, including the impressive 'Robin Hood's Bed'.ger17/02/2019
9 mile Circuit from car park at western end of Baitings reservoir over Cat stones, Dog hill, Green Withens Reservoir to Pennine Way crossing with M62. Back along Pennine Way and then Old Packhorse Road. A lot of permissive paths about that aren't on my old 1:25000 South Pennines map.JulieB17/02/2019
With E. From the car park by Windy Hill transmitter. Potholes bad but all the rubbish left = sad. Bridge high over M62, good stone slab path to trig point then across to large boulder. Took me a while to find OS bench mark on boulder then scrambled onto top. Bright sunshine and windy.Beeliner17/02/2019
Over the M62 and along Pennine Way. Easy walking and great views as the sun set and dark descended.jenx08/01/2019
With Jenx and Bryher from parking on other side of M62. PW all way to tops, easy going on good paths. Old and new tops both visitednordicstar08/01/2019
not first time!raymondwilkes18/11/2018
With SDT,JRT & ADT jnr. From the potholed car park by Windy Hill transmitters. Over M62 and past Green Withins Reservoir to Rishworth Moor (Dog Hill trig pt). Followed by Blackstone Edge. Back to car park. Then Way Stone Edge (via White Hill trig pt).ADT10/11/2018
11k run up Way Stone Edge and Blackstone Edge with Mart,Pete and the dogs. Superb views and great trip out. Liked running over the M62!John Eley10/11/2018
Started from The White House pub. Only a short walk as the wind was a steady 20mph and gusting beyond.Myles7323/10/2018
With Chris Gmagirob17/10/2018
Marsden Racers 2018 Challengetsar.nathan08/09/2018
Large rough parking area alongside A672 at 983142 - Along Pennine Way & as soon as trig point came into view headed NE for about 80yd to the large summit boulder with OS benchmark at N. end. (S)gerrybowes21/08/2018
Visited while visiting the trigNozzer19/07/2018
From J22. Blackstone Edge followed by Rishworth Moor. Back via Green Withens Res. 2 hours 20 mins round trip.Longwojo17/07/2018
PW on LEJOGKatbus 2711/05/2018
With Rishworth Moor from S.jimbloomer21/02/2018
From The White Horse CP on A58. Cloud down, wet, windy. Very bleak. Arrow on the summit boulder is unlikely to be a benchmark as no datum seen, not the usual OS style, and none shown on any old maps. Possible it's the old trig show on old maps at the hill summit.jonglew23/01/2018
Walking Pennine Way southbound from A58 .Haygalzer19/08/2017
From CP on the A672 just off the M62 J22. Burger van may be available. Straight forward up and back via the Penine Way. Surprisingly windy today.Newton Maximus15/06/2017
With Alf NOBO on PWmick23/05/2017
On Pennine Waynickywood109/04/2017
Encountered this summit during The Calderdale Hike - a 38 mile tour of the South Pennines...Phreerunner01/04/2017
Calderdale Hikemickdavidson01/04/2017
Tne Sine Challenger 2017Yanndroid14/01/2017
From south via Pennine Way.Wheelsy22/12/2016
2nd hill of 5 today on a tough and tiring route from Marsden to Slaithwaite on a long loop taking in Way Stone Edge and then a traverse across the snowy moor to the Pennine Way and then branching off to explore the edges where I scrambled up the boulders but then walked across to the true summit, that sports a few stones on top. I then went back towards the Trig and climbed Robin Hood's Bed (by jumping onto it from another boulder)Getting back was not so easy as the angle for jumping off was slippery but eventually positioned myself and made the leap with no issues. Visited Trig and then continued on Pennine Way but branched off to follow (very loosely due to deep snow) the Old Packhorse Trail, next destination: Dog Hill.Dazingdale20/11/2016
Circular walk from White House car park to M62 and round.berksbantam19/10/2016
With my daughter and the dog, as others from car park on A672, along Pennine Way over M62 to trig point then to boulder and highest point, had trouble finding bench mark, (arrow), after going on all heighest ones, as got off saw it on front left top surface as approched from trig point, on highest of boulders to the right SE from trig point.Walkingthedog07/08/2016
Blackstone Edge from M62ronaldo33325/07/2016
13.1 mile walk from White House pub, walked along road and turned onto path along side old water channel, then took another footpath left which eventually climbed onto Dog Hill, walked south along trails to next old water channel and followed it Green Withens reservoir, then along path to join Pennine way towards Windy Hill mast, then along to White Hill trig and across rough and boggy moors to Way Stone Edge hopefully covering the summit, then back along M62 bridge and followed way across Blackstone Edge (previously walked in 2005) and back to pub. Hot, clear and sunny, got badly sunburnt.DanTrig18/07/2016
Crossed this on the Pennine Way. South Pennines walk #6hcjohn19/05/2016
With K. From carpark near motorway junction. Lots of miserable kids with huge packs trudging through the rain (cadets?). Great to be back on the hills again.Ashley01/05/2016
Stopped briefly here during the Calderdale HikePhreerunner09/04/2016
From parking area jnc22 of M62, along PW to trig. Then over to rock summit.mart079725/03/2016
3/6 Third of another great day in peak district (Newcombe drive/Heaton park/Blackstone Edge/Wimberry Moss/Hoarstone Edge/Dead end Edge)Fergalh20/03/2016
Met some guy called Fergal, that spoke to me about hill baggingbluewater20/03/2016
Pennine Way Standedge to Hebden Bridge.peter4lc27/02/2016
With Alfie. Rook Stones Hill (416m). Pleasant walk along paved section of Pennine Way. Trig arrow on summit rock. Managed to touch the top of Robin Hood's Bed.Dangerous Dave04/02/2016
Parked at the parking area on the A672, at the 417m spot height. Followed the Pennine Way to the summit, on to Rishworth Moor afterwards. With JT.Sprog23/01/2016
Spine Race 2016 - Pennine WayRichCranswick09/01/2016
Summited as part of Spine Racedc9608/01/2016
With Cabe from the White House. Easy walk and a nice edge.simon and co19/09/2015