Places to visit at Marsden Moor

A view of the moorland looking over to March Haigh

Come and explore the varying landscape of the moors which change throughout the seasons.

Looking up at Pule Hill
A view up a steep incline towards Pule Hill
Looking up at Pule Hill

Pule Hill

From the top of Pule Hill, which is one of the highest points (437 metres/1434ft), there is an amazing 360 degree view across the moorland.

Pule Hill quarry was mainly worked during the second part of the eighteenth century. 
The quarry comprises a 20m face extending 100m along the western slopes of the hill. Hidden in the quarry is the Marsden Stanza Stone (Snow stone), engraved with a poem by local poet Simon Armitage and part of the Stanza Stone trail.

The path from Pule to Standedge
A view of a path through grass.
The path from Pule to Standedge


From Buckstones car park (A640) there are magnificent views across the Upper Colne Valley to Pule Hill and beyond.

The panoramic view from Buckstones
A panoramic view from Buckstones
The panoramic view from Buckstones
Eastergate Bridge
A packhorse bridge over a nearly dry riverbed.
Eastergate Bridge


This famous packhorse bridge, once used to transport wool from Huddersfield to Rochdale is now an ancient monument.  Although named Close Gate Bridge on the Ordnance Survey maps it is known locally as Eastergate Bridge; perhaps because Esther Schofield kept the Packhorse Inn which stood here more than a century ago, and ‘Esther Gate’ became ‘Eastergate’.

The bridge crosses the River Colne near its source and this lovely place is ideal for a family picnic.

Heather leads the eye up Wessenden Valley
Purple heather leads the viewer along a valley to water
Heather leads the eye up Wessenden Valley

Wessenden Valley

The Wessenden Valley, south of Marsden village centre, is dominated by a series of four reservoirs: Wessenden Head, Wessenden, Blakeley and Butterley, the last being the largest.

It is a great place for a gentle stroll up or down the valley.  Alternatively you can join the Pennine Way for a more challenging walk across the moors.

Framing the Landscape

'Many people look but only a few see'

We were pleased to host the first frame of Framing the Landscape, a project by watercolour artist Ashley Jackson. His aim is to re-engage local communities and visitors with the special landscapes on our doorstep in Yorkshire by creating a permanent outside art exhibition.

Find out more about Framing the Landscape