The Milestone Society
Highways Heritage Walks
Crossing the Pennines – the Yorkshire Colne Valley

Circular or linear, between Slaithwaite and Marsden

Walk length: approximately 5 - 8 miles
Grade: mostly easy with some moderate gradients up rough cobbled tracks; some roads. Not suitable for mobility-impaired


Slaithwaite and Marsden are attractive villages situated on the old route across the Pennines partially turnpiked by Blind Jack of Knaresborough and also on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the River Colne. Our route encompasses all three, and also a well-preserved pack-horse track and a pretty clough or valley.

Start: The directions are given from Slaithwaite, Old Bank car-park beside the canal but you can start from Marsden Railway Station or join the route at any point. In Slaithwaite there is additional free parking in the public car park around the Aldi and in Marsden there is a large free carpark, The Old Goods Yard, beside the station and National Trust offices/exhibition.

Slaithwaite car park: Grid Reference:  SE 07850 13963  Postcode: HD7 5AR
Marsden car park: Grid Reference: 109:SE047117   Postcode : HD7 6DH

Public Transport: Bus 183/184/185  from Huddersfield to Oldham calls at Slaithwaite, Marsden and Diggle/Dobcross/Uppermill.

Slaithwaite and Marsden both have Rail stations.

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