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The 121 foot high monument of Stoodley Pike is visible from miles around. It was designed by local architect James Green in 1854 and the building was completed in 1856 when peace was declared at the end of the Crimean War.
An earlier pike had existed on the site, started in 1814 to commemorate the defeat of Napolean and the surrender of Paris then completed in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo. This structure collapsed in 1854 following an earlier lightning strike and ongoing wear and tear from the elements. The replacement was therefore (rather wisely) built slightly further from the edge of the hill.
The Pennine Bridleway passes below Stoodley Pike. A short detour on a footpath will take you up the hill to the monument. You can climb a flight of dark steps inside the pike to get to the viewing platform – it's worthwhile taking a torch.
Stoodley Pike can also be visited on this short and varied circular walk.