Easter Gate return

Walking trail

An easy, return walk following the red waymarkers along the canal towpath through winding quiet lanes before reaching the historic Easter Gate bridge.

Eastergate bridge; a historic, stone, packhorse bridge surrounded by trees and moorland.


Route map for the Eastergate Return walk


Old Goods Yard, grid ref: SE047117


From the Old Goods Yard and National Trust Office follow the railway fence line to Marsden station and join the canal towpath at Lock 42E. The red waymarker arrows that mark the trail begin just outside the Marsden Moor office.

A red waymarker arrow marks the beginning of the walk.


Follow the towpath until the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre is in view on the right and then bear left through a small, wooded picnic area.


Walk over the bridge, through the car park and bear left up the grassy bank.


Cross the lane and follow the well surfaced path along the river leading to a wheelchair friendly picnic area. 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 the right. Continue onto Blake Lea Lane which becomes Waters Road and bear left at Eastergate cottage onto the bridleway path.

A red waymarker arrow at step 5 on the Eastergate Return trail


Go through the gate and follow the path along the river until you reach the packhorse bridge called Easter Gate Bridge, also known as Close Gate Bridge.


To return follow the path over Easter Gate Bridge and along the riverside onto Blake Lea Lane.


Turn right on to Waters Road and retrace your steps through the nature trail alongside the river.


Walk over the lane and down the grassy bank towards the car park at Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre.


Turn left to rejoin the towpath under the railway bridge.


After the bridge turn right and walk up the stone steps and bear left along the path through the woodland.


Walk through the gate at the end of the woodland and turn right to re-join the canal towpath back towards Marsden and the Old Goods Yard car park.


Old Goods Yard, grid ref: SE047117

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Easter Gate return


Canal Towpath

Surfaced path through woodland

Quiet lanes

Cobbled track

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

Easter Gate return

Contact us

Easter Gate return

How to get here

The Old Goods Yard, 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 bus

First Group Bus Services 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 return

Facilities and access

  • Car park (free)
  • Various shops and cafés 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)