20 minutes each way.
2 km/1.2 miles each way.
Through a ‘squeeze’ stiledesigned to be accessible for buggiesand wheelchair users, and along a level,gravelled track. The gravel is not loose.Access info: 01706 373421.
refresHMenTs and ToileTs
The White House Pub (see below) servesfood and is open all day. There is also a caféand toilets at Hollingworth Country ParkVisitor Centre OL15 0AQ, 15 minutesdrive away.
GeTTinG THere and ParkinG
Travelling between Littleborough andRipponden on the A58 look out for TheWhite House Pub. (OL15 0LG, Map ref SD968178.) Park in the convenient car park onthe downhill side of the pub.
Walk up the road past the pub to a largegate on the left beside the reservoir dam.Go through the metal ‘squeeze’ stile– signed
– and take thegravelled track for about one mile.Shortly before reaching a tall, imposingrock outcrop on your right, cross thedrainage ditch running beside you by anarrow miniature bridge.Continue on the far side up to the rocks tofind
carved into the rock face.Wheelchair users won’t be able to crossthe bridge but you can get a good view of the carving from the main track at a rangeof about 20 metres.
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Simon has often been up here in adownpour and wrote
with this exactspot in mind.The old quarry is very popular with rockclimbers so we identified the best place forthe carving with the help of local climbersand the British Mountaineering Council.As it’s the very bottom section of a climb, alocal expert came out to show lettercarverPip the ‘hand and foot holds’ so she couldlay
out round them.“Look carefully as you approach Cow’sMouth Quarry and you’ll find small areasof pure white gravel glittering on the inkypeat – evidence of how hard these rocksare. These are quartz crystals – all thatremains of earlier gritstone, eroded overmillions of years.This is the coarsest gritstone of all theStanza Stones, and more than once thequartz crystals chipped my tungstenchisel.”
Photo:the site of theRain Stone.
sTanza sTones PoeTry Trail Guide
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