Stanza Stone Trail







The Stanza Stones Trail: 

The Stanza Stones trail is a 47 mile trail along the Pennine watershed between the village of Marsden and Ilkley Town Centre. The trail links 6 special stones that are engraved with the poetic words of Simon Armitage; the UK’s poet laureate.

The Stanza Stones poems were commissioned by Ilkley Literature Festival in 2010 to embody the Pennine landscape, and reveal the forces that made it. The poems were engraved by hand into the gritstone landscape that inspired them, creating the Stanza Stones. Linking them together is known as the Stanza Stones trail.

Tinkadventures would like to invite you trek the Stanza Stones trail with us to discover the Stones, and enjoy the epic and wild Yorkshire landscape. We know these hills well, they are our home as we are based in Marsden.

The walk will take 3 days and visit all 6 stones. Not only that but we will get you to Ilkley, just in time for the Literature Festival itself.

The trek will is led by our expert Mountain Leaders that are qualified, insured and highly experienced. All you need to do is come with sense of adventure; we’ll do the rest. 


The trek is offered with and without accommodation and food. Transfers back to the start can be arranged on request.  

Day 1: Marsden to Hebden Bridge (28.9km).

Meet at Marden train station and walk to Hebden Bridge. The stones visited are Snow (Pule Hill Quarry: SE 032108) and Rain (Cows Mouth Quarry: SD 964191). 

Day 2: Hebden Bridge to Bingley (21.5km).

Start at Hebden Bridge train station. The stone visited is Mist (SE 033327). 

Day 3: Bingley to Ilkley (23.02km).

Meet at Bingley train station. The stones visited are Dew (SE 071449), Puddle (SE 112451), Beck (SE 123467). Finish at Ilkley train station. 

Personal Fitness:

The Stanza Stones trail is a 3 day trek of 47 miles with a daily ascent approximately 600m. The terrain is often rough/uneven and sometimes rocky. Commitment to the route is moderate.

The event is therefore moderate in difficulty and is suitable for beginners with good fitness and some experience walking off-road. 

Personal Equipment:

The event costs include specialist equipment such as maps, compasses and first aid equipment, that will be carried by our Mountain Leader/s. Participants are required to bring some mandatory personal kit: 

  • Rucksack large enough for all your kit 
  • Walking boots
  • Outdoor clothing (No jeans!) 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • 2-3 season sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Personal medication (if required)

A comprehensive kit list is given with the joining instructions. We also have lots of kit to loan out, so if we can help you out simply let us know what you need on your booking form.

Dates for 2022:

5th – 7th October 2022

To book with our all inclusive package with accommodation and food included:

To book the guided walk only and arrange your own accommodation please use this link:

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