Easter Gate and March Haigh walk

Walking trail

A circular walk to Eastergate, a lovely picnic spot. Head up onto the moors for wonderful views across Marsden, and finally return through scenic fields.

March Hill and Close Moss, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire


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Marsden Moor Estate Office, grid ref: SE047117


From the National Trust Estate Office walk west along the towpath to the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre.


Cross the canal and walk right up the grassy bank behind the car park. Cross the road and follow the path which contours the reservoir then runs parallel to the river. Continue until you reach a wooden gate by the road.


Turn left along the road past a row of houses on your left and Hey green on your right. Continue straight ahead up Blake Lea Lane. For the longer walk turn off Blake Lea Lane after a few yards and bear left down a path to a gate; continue to follow steps 4 - 12. For a shorter walk continue up Blake Lea Lane, which climbs steeply before eventually levelling out by Bank Top Farm. Continue along this road until you reach a metal gate on the right just before a small farm house at Lower Green Owlers, and then follow steps 9 - 12.


Follow this path along the river until you reach the packhorse bridge called Easter Gate Bridge.

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Cross the bridge and turn right along the side of Haigh Clough. Cross over a small stream and follow the path steeply uphill. This is the Packhorse Trail. The path levels off before crossing another stream and then continues to climb gently over the moor. Follow this path along a section that has been flagged, and then past the first stone PH Road marker post on the left. Continue for another ¼ mile (400m) until you reach the second PH Road marker stone.

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At this second stone marker take the path leading sharp right beside a drainage ditch. Follow this path to March Haigh reservoir.

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Don't cross the reservoir wall but instead take the path that runs diagonally down the reservoir embankment. Continue along this path crossing two footbridges with Haigh Clough below to your right.


Go through a gate and join a track in front of a farm house. Turn right along this track to join a minor road, and follow this road right to a junction. Turn right and follow the road past the farmhouse at Lower Green Owlers until you reach a metal gate on your left.


Go through the metal gate and drop down through the field, keeping close to the wall on your left. Cross the small bridge and follow the flag stone path up to the remains of a ruined house.


Continue along the path (waymarked by two wooden posts) passing through a gate before eventually dropping down to a wall around a house.


Go through the gate and follow a short walled path past the house to a narrow road. Follow this road past another house on your left to a road junction. Turn left. Continue along this twisty road for about 500 metres, passing through a cluster of houses, until you reach a house called Tong Lee Head on your right just before a long, steep hill.


At the foot of this hill turn right through a metal gate and descend the clough to join Waters Road through a small gate belonging to Long Fall. Cross the road and turn left back to Tunnel End. Walk back along the towpath to Marsden.


Marsden Moor Estate Office, grid ref: SE047117

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Easter Gate and March Haigh walk


A circular walk along quiet lanes and footpaths which can be uneven and muddy underfoot. After an easy start the route heads up onto the moors with a steep ascent, levelling out as you reach March Haigh reservoir over uneven moorland paths.

Return to Marsden across grassy fields which can be muddy after rain. There are several gates along the route.

Dogs under close control are welcome, but should be kept on leads during the bird nesting and lambing season (March - July).

Easter Gate and March Haigh walk

Contact us

Easter Gate and March Haigh walk

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

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.

Easter Gate and March Haigh walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park (free)
  • Various shops and cafés in Marsden village (not National Trust)
  • No immediate local public toilet facilities
  • Dogs under close control are welcome, but should be kept on leads during the bird nesting and lambing season (March - July)