Poetry Trail Guide
The Stanza Stones Poetry Trail from Marsden to Ilkley is now Open
The carving is finished, the last stones are in place and now you can visit the Stanza Stones for yourself!
Download the whole Trail Guide here, or you can download walks to the individual stones below.
The Guide is also available as a FREE full colour 40 page booklet.
Please send an A5 SAE with a stamp (to the value of £1.10) to ILF, 9 The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9LW.
The Trail features six new poems by Simon Armitage, carved by Pip Hall into six atmospheric locations and whether you’re a keen walker ready to tackle full day walks incorporating two or more stones in one go or just fancy a short family outing there’s something for everyone.
Each walk includes snippets of information about the stones, full directions, maps, and information about parking, toilets and nearby pubs, tea rooms and cafes.
And of course if you write your own poem inspired by the project send it in to the Festival here.. contact us.
Visit an Individual Stone
Short family walks lasting less than an hour, perfect for a Sunday afternoon outing.
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A dramatic uphill walk, just outside Marsden, through nineteenth century quarry workings with far reaching views. 0.25 miles / 20 minutes each way.
Could be combined with a visit to Standedge Tunnel Visitors Centre on the Marsden canal.
Snow Update: For a less demanding walk, continue up the main road and turn left down the lane just after the Carriage Inn and park in the layby on the left hand side. Now take the well marked level path along the side of the hill to join the steep slope to the Snow Stone half way up.
An easy and level walk along a gravelled path overlooking Littleborough with wonderful scenery and rock climbers to watch. 1.2 miles / 20 minutes each way. Accessible for buggies and wheelchair users.
An atmospheric walk, on the outskirts of Oxenhope, past old quarry workings to mysterious cairns. 0.3 miles / 15 minutes each way.
Could be combined with a visit to the Bronte Parsonage at Haworth or a steam train journey to Oxenhope on the Worth Valley Railway .
Mist Update: Bradford Council have kindly installed a new kissing gate instead of the old stile to make this walk easier for everyone.
A wonderful upland walk near Silsden with a gentle rise, across meadows and through coniferous forest with fantastic views across the valley. 0.75 miles / 20 minutes each way.
Could be combined with a visit to the Puddle Stones or a trip to the National Trust’s Riddlesden Hall.
Dew Update: The Dew Stones are back! - the Dew Stones are now secured in place.
An inspiring, relatively level walk, high on the wild moorland on Rombalds Moor near Riddlesden. 0.7 miles / 15 minutes each way.
Could be combined with a visit to the Dew Stones and a trip to the National Trust’s Riddlesden Hall.
Three different routes to the Beck Stone, which take in the best of the lower slopes of Ilkley Moor, with bracken, heather, a tarn (a small mountain lake) and rushing streams. Between 0.8 miles / 25 mins each way (for the longest, most level route) or 0.3 miles / 15 mins each way (for the shortest, steepest route).
Could be combined with a visit to Ilkley and its many tea shops. Or you could take a longer walk combining a visit to the Beck Stone and the Puddle Stones.
Please note the Ilkley Poetry Seat is not yet in place due to ground nesting birds. We will announce once it has been completed.
Three Full Day walks
Three longer walks, incorporating several stones in one go.
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18.4miles. Full day walk for serious walkers from Marsden Railway Station, up Pule Hill, along parts of the Pennine Way and over Stoodley Pike and then down through the woods to Hebden Bridge Railway Station visiting both the Snow Stone and the Rain Stone. This is the longest of the three Day Walks, but you could break it by staying in the Littleborough area.
14.5miles. Full day walk for serious walkers from Hebden Bridge Railway Station, up through Nutclough Wood and over to Nab Hill and then down through a wooded valley with a spectacular waterfall to Bingley Railway Station, visiting the Mist Stone.
14.1 miles. Full day walk for serious walkers (although slightly less strenuous than the others) from Bingley Railway Station along the Leeds Liverpool Canal past Bingley Five Rise Locks, up to Rivock Edge, on along over Black Hill to Rombalds Moor and down over Ilkley Moor to Ilkley, home of Ilkley Literature Festival, visiting the Dew Stones, the Puddle Stones and the Beck Stone.
The Full Trail
47 miles of glorious moorland and wooded valleys for serious walkers.
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47 miles – follow all three legs across glorious high moorland and through wooded valleys- from Marsden to Ilkley via Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope and Bingley – visiting all the stones.