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Walking on Marsden Moor

Hiking group on a guided hike led by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire
Hiking group on a guided hike led by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Escape the crowds with a walk on Marsden Moor. We run regular guided walks where you can explore and learn more about the moorland, with spectacular views all around you. Head out on one of the many walking trails that criss-cross the landscape or try Nordic walking for fitness.

Guided walks on Marsden Moor

Looking for some company when you’re out on the moor? Join one of the guided walks led by a National Trust volunteer and discover more about the landscape. Some walks are themed and cover topics including history and local landmarks.

Find out about upcoming guided walks on the events page. Some more popular walks require booking to ensure we know how many people are attending – these will include a ticket link but tickets will be free. Visit the events page to find out more.

Health walks and Nordic walking

Why not join one of the weekly walks run in conjunction with Kirklees Council? Health walks are sociable 2–4 mile strolls, suitable for all ages and abilities. Nordic walking offers great all-round exercise while using poles to reduce stress on joints.

All walks start from the information room in the Old Goods Yard. Visit the Kirklees Council website for more information.

You can find more local walking routes on the Marsden Walkers Are Welcome website.

Family with dog walk on Marsden Moor in the summer
Family adventures on Marsden Moor | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Self-guided walks on Marsden Moor

Marsden Moor is laced with footpaths, and there’s a route for every ability, from gentle strolls to challenging trails.

Easter Gate return

This easy 2.8-mile linear walk along the Huddersfeld narrow canal leads to a picturesque picnic spot.

Pule Hill

A moderate circular walk (4.5 miles) starting along the canal towpath before gently contouring around the sides of Pule Hill.

Deer Hill

Expect far-reaching views as you meander up onto the moors on this moderate walk (4.5 miles), following Deer Hill conduit.

Wessenden Valley

Take a linear, moderate walk up the Wessenden Valley. Stride out along the track and you’ll discover four reservoirs along the 8-mile route.

Marsden Moor heritage trail south

Learn about the rich history of Marsden moor, from Neolithic humans through to the Industrial Revolution. The moderate circular walk is 8 miles long.

Marsden Moor heritage trail north

Uncover the past on this bracing walk with magnificent views over the open moorland. It’s a challenging route covering 10 miles.

Standedge circuit

Embark on this challenging but exhilarating circular walk to explore the varied landscapes of Marsden Moor. Much of the 10-mile route is on the Pennine Way.

A woman is leaning against a huge craggy rock with her back to the camera, admiring the view from Pule Hill on Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire. Grey clouds cast shadows across the moor, which stretches for miles into the distance.

Discover more at Marsden Moor

Find out how to get to Marsden Moor, where to park, the things to see and do and more.

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