Blackstone Edge Circular is a 7.4 mile loop trail located near Littleborough, Greater Manchester, England that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

Length7.4 miElevation gain1,466 ftRoute typeLoop
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This walk is not solely about the ridge. It starts and finishes in softer country dotted with old farms and weavers cottages. Blackstone Edge is 1,323ft high, about half a mile long and runs along the Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire county boundary. The rocks have some appeal for rock climbers. Hollingworth Lake was constructed in 1800 to provide water for the Rochdale Canal. It is currently a mecca for many types of water sports. There are pubs, hotels and a chip shop in the area. The Roman road over Blackstone Edge Moor was well used by packhorse trains carrying wool and barrels of salt in 15 c. until the coming of the canals and turnpike roads. The stone remains are not thought to be Roman as they are less than 200yrs old. The Aiggin Stone on the Lancs/Yorks boarder is a Mediaeval guide stone some 600yrs old. The name Aiggin is said to have derived from the French Aiguillie, a needle.

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Elizabeth Tuite
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Very good walk. Difficult at the start to find the right track but eventually found it and the rest was great. A little muddy in parts due to the snow melting. Great views

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Chris Mahney
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Good Friday morning hike, the start is hard to keep track as you cross a farm and possibly private land. Thoroughly enjoyed it however

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Davd Farrington
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HikingPrivate property

Great walk on Good Friday morning, trail a bit difficult to follow after 2km you hit a farm and private land.... did a detour along the golf course and got back on the trail, rest of the walk was spot on.

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Rachel Fairclough
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Paul Caladine
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Parts of this route go over private land and across fields with no paths. Take care. Overall worth it though for views

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Dave Harris
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Lynn M
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HikingOff trail

Good walk but couldn’t have followed it without the gps on my phone, we particularly enjoyed the Roman road. Some paths hard to find ... but it was very enjoyable ... without stops and looking at the map it would have been approximately three and a half hours ..

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Maya Bilton
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Walking

Overall, a good walk, although as someone else said it was *very* windy. Visitor Centre car park is £1 for two hours, or £2 for four. I did this walk in 2 hours 20 minutes. I found the path a little difficult to follow and went a bit astray a couple of times. Could be my GPS, or the fact the wind was threatening to turn my eyelids inside out! Views at the top were great; it was a grey day when I did it, so I imagine these are even more spectacular when it's clear. Will definitely do this trail again.

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Chris Mahney
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If like the wind this ones for you

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Stuart Bible
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Hiking

Great walk. Challenging in parts due to snow. Amazing views of surrounding areas

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Andrew Clegg
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Walking clockwise, pleasant woods & river to start, steady climb up to the Blackstone Edge, and steady descent back down via the lake. Parts were pretty wet in January, but overall easy/moderate.

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lauren mair
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shaun bradbury
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Natalie Worrall
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Hiking

A bit difficult to follow the path. Probably because of the weather.

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Dave Pearson
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Adam Emas
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Lovely walk and it takes 30 mins to get to the top from the White Pub car park.

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Natalie Scott
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helpmark User
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joanna sz
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WalkingMuddy

nice walk, not enough signs. without a map we wouldnt know where to go couple of times

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Muzaffar Teja
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Hiking

very adventurous track, i think the map in the AllTrail app is old and it keep telling us to go into private land, we also felt lost for a bit but a resident guided and we managed to walk over 8km. very very beautiful.

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Matt Smith
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A good moderate walk. Nice and quiet as this is one of the less walked routes around here. Good climb doing this route anti-clockwise. Steep(ish) descent near Blackstone Edge old road

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Annette Passley
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start by walking through woodland & fields and then there is a long, steep and rocky walk up to the top..... but the views are worth it. a great walk especially on a clear day (like it was todsy)

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david ledsom
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Emily Schofield
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Jack Gordon
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Melissa Armstrong
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Davd Farrington
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