Club Meet

The Missing Mankinholes Meet

Sun 6th Jan, 2019

Dave Shotton

This will be a winter walk of moderate length in the hills round Todmorden, taking in Stoodley Pike and the moors around White Holme Moss; readily accessible by train from Manchester.

Not long after the inauguration of the Karabiner Mountaineering Club in Edale in November 1944, the first KMC membership cards included a list of forthcoming club meets for 1945. At the head of this list was a walking meet scheduled for January 6th 1945 at Mankinholes, which on investigation turns out to be the name of the YHA outside Todmorden. (The original meet was presumably to be based at the YHA - it may come as surprise that at least some Youth Hostels remained open during WW2, but it seems that particularly during the later stages of the war short breaks in the country were encouraged as a means of promoting morale and well-being amongst workers on the home front). There is no club record of the events of that meet (the first KMC Record of Meets logbook doesn’t commence until March 1945), or even definite confirmation that the meet actually took place; however in an effort to put that right on January 6th 2019 it is intended to hold... the Missing Mankinholes Meet!

Start point: Todmorden train station, Rise Lane/Station Approach, OL14 7AA, grid ref SD 935241. Meet on pavement outside main doorway on Station Approach. There is car parking available in Todmorden (some of it free), more details to be posted on website nearer the time.

Start time: Meet from 09:35 (dependent on train arrival) for a 09:45 start.
Note: there is a train timetabled to leave Manchester Victoria at 08:59 - calling via Rochdale 09:19, Smithy Bridge 09:24, Littleborough 09:27 - arriving at Todmorden at 09:35; trains return to Manchester Victoria later in the day at roughly half-hourly intervals.
Early arrivals may like to know that the White Hart (Wetherspoons) is open for breakfast, coffee and no doubt other beverages from 08:00 on Sundays! (Turn left out of the station doorway and continue 100 yards down Station Approach, outdoor seating area adjacent to road.)

Map: OS Explorer sheet OL21 (South Pennines - Burnley, Hebden Bridge, Keighley & Todmorden) or OS Landranger sheet 103 (Blackburn & Burnley).

Distance: About 10-11 miles (though a shorter circuit is possible in the case of adverse conditions).

Route: From Todmorden, follow the Calderdale Way via Lumbutts and Mankinholes (passing the YHA which is still in operation, although it has restricted booking availability over the winter months), then follow the Pennine Bridleway before heading up to Stoodley Pike. From here head S/SW (via the Pennine Way for some of the way before branching off) to the trig point at Little Holder Stones, and continue in a clockwise circuit of White Holme Moss/Reservoir, before rejoining the Pennine Way this time heading northwards, eventually dropping off back to Todmorden via Gaddings Dam (a.k.a. Todmorden Beach).

Please check the KMC website for updates nearer the time relating to any publicised variation or disruption relating to train timetables, and further advice about car parking in Todmorden.


Dave Shotton

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