Wessenden Valley walk

Walking trail

A linear walk up the Wessenden Valley that crosses though Marsden village. Stride out along the track to explore the beautiful valley and discover four reservoirs en route. 8 miles. Moderate.

Wessenden Valley, Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire


Map route for Wessenden Valley walk


Marsden Moor Estate Office, grid ref: SE047117


From Marsden Station head down Station Road turning right to cross the bridge over the river and onto Church Lane. Follow the road past the church and go straight ahead onto Fall Lane. Follow this road through the tunnel under the A62 and turn right towards the roundabout. Cross the roundabout and walk up Binn Road.

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Turn off Binn Road when you reach a public bridleway sign by a wide track on the right.This is the main Wessenden Valley track that goes up the Wessenden Valley eventually emerging on the Wessenden Head Road near its junction with the A635.

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Follow this track up the Wessenden Valley passing the four reservoirs; Butterley, Blakeley, Wessenden and Wessenden Head reservoirs in turn.


When you reach Wessenden Head reservoir turn around and retrace your steps to return to Marsden.

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Marsden Moor Estate Office, grid ref: SE047117

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Wessenden Valley walk


The route crosses through Marsden village before following the track along the Wessenden Valley. This track is uneven underfoot, and peters out to a footpath once you reach Wessenden Reservoir.

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

Please note - step one begins at the Old Good's Yard, despite the errors on the map image.

Wessenden Valley walk

Contact us

Wessenden Valley 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

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.

Wessenden Valley walk

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)