Deer Hill

Walking trail

A circular walk starting in Marsden before climbing up onto the moors for far reaching views from the tops. Follow Deer Hill conduit, with the option of an added detour to Deer Hill reservoir, before winding down back to Marsden through the scenic Wessenden Valley.

Purple heather lines a path on Holme Moor with views over Marsden village


Map showing the Deer Hill walking route


Marsden train station, grid ref: SE047117


From Marsden train station walk down Station Road, keeping to your left to cross Snail Horn Bridge. Turn right up Peel Street and walk through the centre of Marsden. Cross over the main road (A62, Manchester Rd) and enter the park. Leave the park by a path to the right of the bandstand to emerge onto Carrs Road.

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Cross the road and take the path opposite, by the left side of a row of houses, onto a walled path. Continue along this path until the path curves sharp left.


Just before the path curves sharply to the left near the large house on left hand side, go through a gap in the wall, next to a gate, and follow the hedgerow lined path up hill. At the top of the fence line turn right and go through a pedestrian gate on your left. Skirt around the back of the stables and Scout farm until you reach another gate that brings you out on the track. Turn left down the track and after 50m go through a kissing gate on the right hand side, leading on to Scout, Holme Moor.


Go through this gate and follow the path up to a stream. Turn left to cross the stream and follow the path for a while with views over Marsden to your left. Pass a larch plantation on the left. When you can see houses below on the left turn sharp right to take the path up hill.


Continue walking uphill, crossing a catchwater and then heading towards the distant outcrop of rocks known as Shooters Nab.


When you reach the conduit just below Shooters Nab turn right and follow the footpath alongside the conduit into the Wessenden Valley. Pass through two gates and onto Binn Moor. Continue walking and pass a heritage trail marker stone on your right. This conduit, or catchwater, brings water from Wessenden Head Reservoir to Deer Hill Reservoir.

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Before the path bends round to the right take a sharp right down some timber steps to curve back on yourself and head downhill, through a bridle gate, and into a small car park at Binn Lane turning circle.


From the car park, follow the lane downhill and turn left at Lane Head farm. Walk down the narrow, single track road, and continue as it widens onto Binn Road.


Continue walking down Binn Road towards Marsden. Go straight across the roundabout to follow Fall Lane which veers left, under a bridge, to pass under the A62 and then continue straight ahead along Church Lane. Finally turn left up Station Road to take you back to the train station.


Marsden train station, grid ref: SE047117

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Quiet lanes

Stone tracks

Moorland footpaths (muddy & uneven in places)

Dogs are welcome on all our trails. For information on how to get the most enjoyment for you and your dog please see our doggy dos and don'ts


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Contact us

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How to get here

Marsden train station, Station Road, Marsden, West Yorkshire, HD7 6DH
By train

Marsden train station.

By road

On A62 Manchester Road between Huddersfield and Oldham.

By foot

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

By bicycle

National Cycle Network route 68 and Pennine Bridleway.

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Facilities and access

  • Car park (free)
  • Various shops and cafes in Marsden village (not National Trust)
  • No immediate local public toilet facilities
  • Marsden Moor information room (next to the National Trust office)
  • Dogs are welcome but should be kept under close control at all times and must be on a lead during the bird breeding season (1 March - 31 July)