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Marsden Moor heritage walk (orange route)


Uncover the past and find out more about the rich history of Marsden Moor, from Neolithic man through to the industrial revolution, on this bracing walk with magnificent open moorland views.

Pule Hill, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire
Pule Hill, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire National Trust / Alyssa Young


Map route for Marsden Moor heritage walk (orange route)
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Marsden Moor Estate Office, grid ref: SE047118


From the estate office head towards the train station and then onwards along the canal until you reach the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre.


Leave the car park and head up to Waters Road. Walk up the drive beside the Tunnel End pub and then take the path immediately behind it. Head up and across some fields to a group of houses. Go through a green metal gate and then immediately right through another gate beside the house to bring you out onto a lane. Follow the lane left past Berry Greave. When the lane starts to descend downhill turn right and follow this lane past the first house and round to a path at the back of the next house. Climb gently across the fields and at the small footbridge keep to high ground before you drop sharply down to a stream and back up again to the right of the phone mast. Turn right down Blake Lee Lane past Lower Green Owlers to a road junction. Turn left and climb up the track to White Hall Farm. In front of the farm go through the gate leading onto the moor and through some rushes, following the path along the edge of Haigh Clough to the southern corner of March Haigh Reservoir.


Here you have the option to head up to Buckstones car park for magnificent views across the estate. Cross the dam wall and take the path heading steeply up through the rocks to the car park. Once youve caught your breath and taken in the views retrace your steps back to the dam wall.

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Continue to head south to meet up with the Packhorse Trail where you turn right and follow the trail across Willmer Clough and up to the top to one of the old marker stones. Continue straight ahead until you come out at Haigh Gutter.

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Here turn sharp left to follow the Pennine Way south, making sure that when you come to a square marker stone you follow the path to the left keeping Millstone edge on your right. You will shortly arrive at the trig point at Dinner Stones.

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Continue along Millstone Edge through a kissing gate into a field where mild mannered cows normally reside. Take care around livestock especially if they have calves or you have dogs. Go through the next gate and turn left along a path over a stile and down Thieves Clough. Follow a broken down wall until you come to the old engine house.

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Follow the track over Redbrook Clough and onto the A62. Turn right in front of the Carriage House pub (also a hotel and camp site) and continue for a short distance before turning left down Mount Road. Continue along the road for 545 yards (500m) where you can take a path left along the Standedge Trail. The path here is boggy to begin with but soon dries out to contour around the front of Pule Hill. Continue round, passing the incline that was used to transport materials from the quarry and walk between the cooling towers for the tunnel deep below. Be careful not to wander up the hill but stay level roughly under the telephone wires, going over two stiles. Walk behind two houses before taking the path left onto the A62. Take care crossing the road and walk down hill a short distance to a path called Dark Lane that leads you steeply down between two walls to Easter Gate. Cross the river at the bottom, it can be quite high after rain so you may end up with wet socks even when crossing at the shallowest point on the right.


Cross over the packhorse bridge, following the path to the road and then down to Hey Green Hotel. Continue along Waters Road until you pass the former coach house and turn right onto a path that runs alongside the river back to the Tunnel End. Retrace your steps along the canal to Marsden.


Marsden Moor Estate Office, grid ref: SE047118

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Marsden Moor heritage walk (orange route)


Orange route. The weather can change very quickly on open moorland, so wear sturdy walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing. Always check refreshment places will be open, and take some food and drink with you as well.

Keep your dog under close control at all times. During nesting and lambing season please keep dogs on leads.

Marsden Moor heritage walk (orange route)

Contact us

Marsden Moor heritage walk (orange route)

How to get here

Marsden Moor Estate office, The Old Goods Yard, Station Road, Marsden, West Yorkshire, HD7 6DH
By train

Marsden station next to Estate Office.

By road

On A62 Manchester Road between Huddersfield and Oldham.

By foot

Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway, Colne Valley Circular Walk, Standedge Trail.

By bus

First Group No 182, 183, 184 or 185 from Huddersfield; 184 from Oldham. Alight at Marsden Manchester Road.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 68 and Pennine Bridleway.

Marsden Moor heritage walk (orange route)

Facilities and access

  • Car park (free)
  • Various shops and cafés in Marsden village (not National Trust)
  • No immediate local public toilet facilities
  • Marsden Moor Exhibition Room (next the Estate Office in the Old Goods Yard)
  • Dogs welcome under close control, please keep on leads during nesting and lambing season