Walking

Walking trail

Turnpike and Tunnel walk on Marsden Moor

Walking trail

A short circular walk starting at the Brun Clough car park. Wander across the moorland following the old Turnpike and explore the history of this landscape.

Walkers on Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Map

Map route for Turnpike and Tunnel walk on Marsden Moor

Start:

Brun Clough car park on the A62 3 miles south-west of Marsden, grid ref: SE018095

1

Start at Brun Clough car park on the A62. Follow the Pennine Way up a few steps from the car park and onto a broad track. Continue along this track passing through a gate/stile.

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2

The track eventually forks where it is intersected by a stream. At this point the Pennine Way climbs up the hill to the right. Instead drop down on the path to the left, cross the stream and return to the track. Continue following this track for about ½ mile (800m).

3

At this point a conduit (catchwater) bringing water from Swellands reservoir passes under the track and continues to Redbrook reservoir. Turn left and follow the conduit to Redbrook reservoir, taking a small path to the left before you reach the monitoring station. Cross the small footbridge at the edge of the reservoir and walk along the side of the reservoir wall to the A62.

4

Cross the A62 opposite the Great Western Inn; please take care when crossing as cars travel down this road very fast. Follow a path to the right of the pub, crossing another catchwater and following it along towards some spoil heaps.

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5

Cross a stream to reach a flagged stone path at Thieves Clough. Make a short diversion right along this path to drop down and see Redbrook Engine House. Alternatively head left along the flag stone path.

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6

Follow the route of the Turnpike, crossing Thieves Clough bridge which was built in 1760. Continue along the path to a stile. Cross the stile and follow the path straight ahead to the Pennine Way marker.

End:

Brun Clough car park on the A62 3 miles south-west of Marsden, grid ref: SE018095

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Turnpike and Tunnel walk on Marsden Moor

Terrain

Mostly easy walking on established footpaths but the path between steps 3 and 4 can be wet and boggy underfoot. The route crosses a main road and two streams which can be fast flowing after a period of wet weather. Some sections of the path follow stone flagged paths which can be slippery underfoot when wet or icy.

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

Turnpike and Tunnel walk on Marsden Moor

Contact us

Turnpike and Tunnel walk on Marsden Moor

How to get here

Address
Brun Clough car park, Huddersfield Road, Diggle, OL3
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 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.

Turnpike and Tunnel walk on Marsden Moor

Facilities and access

  • Car park (free)
  • Various shops and cafes 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 under close control are welcome, but should be kept on leads during the bird nesting and lambing season (March - July)