Walks that connect with the Crossing the Pennines Heritage Trail

From Huddersfield to the Colne Valley, follow the last journey of William Horsfall, as the Luddites take their revenge.

The Colne Valley Trail, a series of Countryside and Village Walks, is being revised by the Golcar & Slaithwaite Walkers are Welcome group:

Note, these are all quite large .pdf documents.

A White Rose Forest walk crosses our Heritage Trail in Merrydale, just before Merrydale Fold, and is an alternative to the Scout Lane climb to Cop Hill top

The Colne Valley Circular Walk goes along the hillsides.

The Milnsbridge Riverside and Heritage Walks from the Milnsbrude Enhancement Group.

The Kirklees Way is a 72 mile/116 kilometre long circular walking route around Kirklees. It takes walkers through quaint villages, moorland, woodland and past many historical sites, some linked to the Brontes. The full route is available in a booklet (£4) from Tourist Information Centres but the Marsden section is on-line:

Marsden Walkers are Welcome Group have produced 5 local trails which can be found on their website or at Marsden Walks or as leaflets at the Tourist Information Centre in Marsden Mechanics' Institute

The Dry Stone Walling Walk showcases a range of techniques and styles of stone used in the landscape, including a guide stoop built into a wall.

The National Trust at Marsden Moor’s trails are displayed on Information Boards in Marsden and along the routes, and there are leaflets in the exhibition room at their office in the goods yard beside Marsden Station. The walks include two versions of the Heritage Trail. . You might also enjoy this Marsden Moor walk which has particular interest for bird watchers. 

Visit the Snow Stone on Pule Hill, at the start of The Stanza Stone Trail. A dramatic uphill walk through nineteenth century quarry workings with far reaching views. There is also a welcome seat and a milestone giving the distance to Ilkley.

The Standedge Trail from Marsden to Dobcross, following the route where the horses that towed the barges crossed the tunnel top.

Saddleworth Historical Society has documented a range of walks including to Castleshaw Roman fort.

Oldham Council lists plenty of varied walks around the area, including the Pennine Watershed and Castleshaw, with village trails around Dobcross, Delph and Uppermill.

The Station to Station Walk, Littleborough to Marsden distance 10 miles.

By Turnpike and Towpath in Saddleworth, a Milestone Society stroll round Uppermill, starting from the Folk Museum:

A wide variety of walks in Yorkshire can be downloaded free from the Huddersfield section of Walking in Yorkshire.

Please remember the Countryside Code.

Enjoy exploring this wonderful landscape, whether on foot, by cycle, by car or from your armchair….

The stream through MerryDale Clough makes so many different sounds as it crashes over boulders, meanders under branches, drops over dams...


Tourist Info at Standedge Tunnel