This weekend we could not resist a return to do some more of the LEGEND Letterboxes on the moors between Manchester and Burnley. We’d had a few DNF’s last week so opted for a series that we knew all the caches had been found on. The Todmorden loop fitted the bill perfectly!
Looking at the layout of the caches on Memory Map, it looked to be about a 14 mile walk but there was a lot of terrain to negotiate as the series is set around the lovely town of Todmorden, which lies in a valley with steep slopes on all sides. We thus decided to head off around the southern part of the walk and see how far we got.
We parked up for the day at the eastern end of the loop on the main road between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge and got kitted up for our walk. Off up the hill we set and headed right for the nearest LEGEND cache.
The first part of the walk was the climb up towards the tops. Once at the top, we headed along a network of farm tracks between the caches and then dipped down just below the lovely Stoodley Pike, a massive great tower on top of a hill overlooking the whole area.
We were amazed at the co-ords on all the caches as we literally had 0ft to go on several of them. We’ve never seen the GPSr go that low before. Most of the caches were quick finds and none of them took that long to find, which is always welcome when you are on a longer walk.
After we’d dropped down into the strangely named Mankinholes (I can’t help but think of Borat here) we diverted off to find a couple of LEGEND caches that join up the middle of the outer loop.
The path then took us up a hill with great views down the valley before dropping down into Todmorden itself. On the way down, one of the caches was at this fabulous old burial ground and a totally un-expected place as the cache page does not even mention it.
After crossing the main road in Todmorden the route took us back up a big hill via quite a steep track. Once at the top we were rewarded with fab views all the way down the valley to Hebden Bridge.
Once we’d dropped down the other side of the this hill and found all the caches on it, we realised time was getting on and we’d not have enough time to finish the walk round the northern section of the loop. We thus found a bus that would take us back to where we’d parked the Jeep, but not before stopping for an ice-cream in this lovely park.
Once back at the Jeep we decided to pick off a few more LEGEND caches – this time the remaining few that join up the middle of the Todmorden loop (we’d already done two of these earlier). Nothing too taxing here, and we managed to bag several other caches in the area as we went past.
It was teatime by now so we decided to head home and leave the rest of the loop for another trip. 40 finds for the day and some very satisfying walking (and caching!) in a beautiful part of the country.
Here is a link to the Everytrail track of our route for the day.