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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)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
With dadCubags19/09/2015
Parked on the public car park on the A58 on the west side of the pub. Pennine way path to the summit - a large boulder. Solo.bolton18/09/2015
we actually started the walk from an unusual place on the A 640 on Denshaw Moor. We followed the Pennine way over White Hill and then down to the roaring river, otherwise know as the M62 ! We stood on every knook and cranny, and lump and bump, and rock and stone, and patch of grass until we were satisfied that the hill had received an ascent.thenomad11/08/2015
On an evening walk over Rishworth Moor and Blackstone Edge. Visited the summit boulder with the OS benchmark symbol.alistairpooler27/06/2015
Stopped briefly on this summit during the Calderdale Hike (41 km).Phreerunner11/04/2015
After a number of attempts to explore the fascinating landscape of this trig and hump, had foundered on failing light or weather, wrong timing of various types etc...tonight with fine weather and two hour daylight window after picking up Jamie en route to York, seemed it would finally be good timing and surprisingly Jamie agreed to do it. An impromptu text to Simon Barnard telling him of our plans with under an hour of notice, just in case he might be free and interested to join us, also gelled positively. Great to have his guidance to the finer nooks and crannies of his favourite hill. Excellent to finally visit and whet my appetite for a return visit with more time and full daylight.vegibagger08/04/2015
A snowy walk - A58 / B6138 Junction (next to Blackstone Edge Reservoir) - Green Withens Moss - Castle Dean Rocks - Oxygrains Old bridge - A672 - Cut Off Track to Spa Clough Reservoir - A672 to Roak Stones Hill (Mast) - Over the M62 (on the Pennine Way Bridge) - Redmires - Blackstone Edge - Blackstone Edge Moor the back to the A58 (and the sledgers).briandavies18/01/2015
true summit now climbedmiroco29/10/2014
Part of Ebden Br to EdaleMick299118/07/2014
With Jo, from Blackstone Edge Reservoir: PW to fb (SD 96434 19096) then easily followed fps to stile at NW corner of Higher Chelburn Reservoir onto Snoddle Hill (easier to follow fence to right and wall to ridge and then onto summit) which is south of the cross wall (easily crossed) surrounded by bell pits. Returned to reservoir the same way, followed PBW to Lydgate then Roman Road to Aiggin Stone and onto Blackstone Edge (2nd visit in 3 days to confirm we had visited the true summit). Returned by PW. Weather: high cloud with sunny intervals, cool breeze, very good visibility.amblerbob13/07/2014
With Jo, walk from Blackstone Edge Reservoir: permissive paths to Rishworth Moor, then via Green Withens Reservoir and M62 fb to White Hill, out and back to Way Stone Edge (Moss Moor)(various tops), returning over Blackstone Edge plus tripillar. Weather cloudy at first, sunny later, warm throughout, very good visibility.amblerbob11/07/2014
Circular walk from Hollingworth Lake later including Dick hill on mostly cloudy,but warm, day.Reasonable views towards West.With Oscarcatman02/07/2014
With Catman.oscarrosie02/07/2014
Ascent with Julian on stage of Pennine Way between Marsden & Hebden Bridge.pwhitaker_196630/05/2014
Windy Hill, Blackstone Edge, Roman road down to Lydgate, Piethorne Reservoir, Readycon Dean Reservoir, White Hill, Windy Hill. Dry but mainly grey with a cold wind blowing.PaulH30/01/2014
From Windy Hill on the Pennine Way in poor visibility. I found the summit boulder ok but took a while to locate the Trig!Chris Peart16/12/2013
Parked in large car park just west of The White House pub (SD 96786 17864). Took Pennine Way south, up to The Aiggin Stone and on up to trig point on the edge. Then over wet moorland to the new summit gritstone boulder. Returned the same way. Mizzle, rain and hill-fog. Descent in the dark.Man of Kernow106/11/2013
PWNick Caunt09/09/2013
New topOzymandias08/09/2013
As part of a walk from Marsden to Smithy Bridge with my son. Sunny day, not too much wind, paths distinct and signed well so navigation easy. Via Hey Green, Stack End, Pennine Way over M62, Rochdale Way and by canal to Smithy Bridge. Views to Ferrybridge and Fiddlers Ferry from the top.JOHNS29/08/2013
Date used as default as this hill is within walking distance of my home and is done in all conditions on a regular basis.Aimless Rambler20/08/2013
474mThe Grouse10/08/2013
Easy walk from White House (Pub) on Pennine Way and back via Green Withens Res. 6.5mls 2.5hrsCurly & Shirley07/07/2013
Nice viewsTigger424205/05/2013
With IS. From White House pub.amswanston30/03/2013
With AS. Part Carried. With IS. From White House pub. iks30/03/2013
Done in snow, which was quite a bit deeper than I thought!garyegrant16/12/2012
Parked up near the transmitter and walked up the pennine way. Lovely dry bright day.hillhiker18/11/2012
with Tony Pennine Way Day 2Stuart Hyde18/10/2012
with CP on Penine Waygarth8726/08/2012
Easy parking to S of motorway - bacon/burger van. Great contrast on bridge over the M62. Good path - little boggy in places - stroll+.destaylor12/07/2012
From the Windy Hill transmitter.MountainTerrier30/05/2012
From car park next to The White House pub on A58 to north. Highest point is the top of a large benchmarked boulder at SD 97336 16264, 165m SE of the trig pillar. It is NOT the top of the large tor (Robin Hood's Bed) 24m SSW of the trig pillar (Abney level)George Gradwell16/05/2012
From car park near M62 J22adrianturner28/04/2012
From the Windy Hill transmitter.MountainTerrier04/03/2012
Revisited this hill 46 years after passing by it on the Pennine Way. Clambered up into Robin Hood's Bed with some difficulty. Undecided whether boulder 100m south might be the high point.chriswatson23/09/2011
Big day of Pennine 400m tops. Started at 5am in Sheffield. Also climbed Robin Hood's Bed (tor). I had crossed close by the summit boulder in 1984 on the Pennine Way but returned today to finish the job 27 years later.Chris Pearson14/07/2011
Run with Peterichardsun13/03/2011
New Years eve walk starting from car park near the transmitter.Jwestead31/12/2010
est dateIanHHill11/11/2010
PENNINE WAY DAY03SteveSmith26/09/2010
Pennine WayCatch10/07/2010
Climbed to attend a geocaching event (Extreme Tea Party). A gentle walk up a good path over the M62 from the car park near the Windy Hill transmitter. Fantastic views at the top.Dan198015/05/2010
Lovely walk along the Pennine way, set off from the car park by J22 M62 and accross the footbridge. Ended up getting hailed on in May. Found the trig point at the top no problem.Craftinessa03/05/2010
climbed from Hollingworth lake then de-tour from aiggin stone on the aiggin stone amblerobert14/04/2010
Beautiful weather - cold but clear. Still quite a bit of snow piled up by walls and in groughs. Great views.HMollusc31/01/2010
Good 30 min walk up from the white horse pub. Decent path most of the way up, then goes rocky at the top. Good views.The Team15/11/2009
26th June ..... and it was snowing on the top. Pity I didn't have my camera to prove it! Short detour off the Pennine Way (46 years to do it, so no hurry) ..... The PW not this Fell!moorsman26/06/2008
Hiked as part of a 50 mile south pennine challenge. Miserable weather, and over that distance, such small hills are brutal!wee mac17/05/2008
Always done this on a nice circuit from Littleborough station. A natural objective and great summit with an easy scramble as a bonus.Jake99424/04/2008
On Pennine Way with Lynsey. Not certain whether we visited the highest point. See my blog post for more details:
Third HUMP of the day at a cool sunny sunset with full moom. Walked up from White Horse Pub. Rocks to south end of summit look higher. GPS gave 472m for trig and 474m for the higher looking point to the south.Dugswell223/12/2007
Long hard climb from a start at Hollingworth Lake up to the Aiggin Stone in hot conditions. Worth it for the lovely views from the top. Fell over twice coming back down!WELSHHATTER200021/10/2007
Parked on A672 just S of the M62. Footbridge over M62 then Pennine Way to trig. Continued past the crag to the cobbled 'Roman Road' and the Aiggin Stone, then back via Green Withins reservoir.Aye Jimmy12/08/2007
Walked up from The White House pub to north. Stunning views, lots of intrest (the Aiggin stone, concrete water channels), plus good rocky top. Agree rocks to south may be slightly higher, but in gale-force winds had enough trouble standing on the trig rowheresthepath28/04/2007
A bit windy but great to get out.showard14/01/2007
as part of Pennine way routeemily03/09/2006
From Standedge via Wilshaw 15.2 milesWhithaugh26/05/2006
Walked from Windy Hill, onto Blackstone Edge along to Stoodley Pike and Blake Moor(Little Holder Stones)and back.DanTrig27/08/2005
Marsden to Hebden Bridge via Tunnel End-Close Gate Bridge-Haigh Gutter-Pennine Way to Stoodley Pike-Kilnshaw Lane-HorsefoldMac.Hawk03/01/2005
And many other times, alone and with others.meugher01/03/2004
From Black Hill, on Pennine wayrfoster03/06/2003
boulder with cut bm c.0.2m below its HP, 164m SE of trig, appar slightly higher than Robin Hoods Bed 20m S of trig, short Diff. Attractive grit edge, moorland summit 973163 c 1-2m above TP - not as tabled ht @ 972164. (TP involves a short tricky climb). from White House PH, along Pennine Way RHW10/03/2002
date quite unknown - probably late 1990smainnirnamfiadh13/11/1999
2 of 2: From Way Stone Edge. Contd to Walsden Rly Stn.ChrisR26/03/1999
From MarsdenGeoff Briggs17/01/1999
1 of 2: From Marsden Rly Stn. On to Stoodley Pike and down to Hebden Bridge Rly Stn.ChrisR13/11/1998
exact date unknown - walked up from reservoir near rochadle and took in BE and waystone edges and a walk over the M62. Also on PW earliergigglejon01/05/1998
Pennine WayOne F in Foreig21/07/1997
Fell run from Ogden Res with Neil.stever09/04/1997
North to South on the Greater Manchester Boundary WalkIWC26/01/1997
Pennine Way going northBob Aldred16/08/1993
Walk from Walsden, via Gaddings Dam then along Pennine Way, via Blackstone, and back to Littleborough.CharlieRose01/07/1991
1 of 2: From Marsden Rly Stn.ChrisR27/01/1991
On Pennine Way with Chris and Bogeyjthomson6nr901/01/1991
KD Pennine Waycrazy09/07/1989
From Windy Hill along Pennine WayCreakingHiker26/02/1989
Old topOzymandias06/03/1988
cloudy, took ages to find trig pointjoseph mitchell21/02/1988
1 of 2: From Marsden Rly Stn.ChrisR21/11/1987
2 of 2: From Hebden Bridge via Stoodley Pike. Continued to Marsden.ChrisR14/09/1986
Uncertain date, Pennine WayN.Morters01/08/1986
3rd day of Pennine Way (White Hill-Colden)abbo000122/07/1981
PW S to N with sprogg. On to the infamouse warden at Mankinholes who lived up to her servere with adults reputation up and down The Pennine Way.Eddie13/07/1981
Ascended whilst walking between Crowden and Mankinholes on the Pennine Way. Also March 2011.JohnW26/10/1980
During PW walkbeorwulf01/05/1980
On Pennine WayPeterD20/05/1979
I almost certainly didn't go to the very highest point today. However, I am recording it as my first time up, as I was inside the contour ring and close to the top. Later I used this site to go to the highest point.Alan Moore30/04/1978
Day 2 of the Pennine Wayijpowell02/08/1977
On Pennine Way. Over the M62 walkers' bridge into very wet bog - up to my knees at times.arranc10/04/1975
Walked up from Littleborough on the wide packhorse road, known as 'the Roman Road'. With the summit on a bold escarpment, this is a fine hill with a fine approach. I've walked from here to Stoodley Pike- an excellent high level route though eased by water company roadspwheeler22/07/1974
Done on Pennine Way.ngthack24/09/1972
2001? Circular from SD940151summitsupblank
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