Whatever the weather, finding a place to enjoy a walk in Huddersfield isn’t difficult. In fact, the hardest part is making a decision
As you may already know, there are a lot of options to find country trails and walking routes, so we’ve taken a look at the best, with a mixture of difficulty levels.
In general, the best walks in and around Huddersfield are, in my opinion, towards the west of the town. Here you’ll find places like Marsden Moor, the Colne Valley and its countless trails plus routes towards Hebden Bridge or the Pennine Way.
Huddersfield has a lot of pretty parks and green areas scattered around town. It’s even got the largest area of parkland in any English district according to a 2011 council by-law.
Anyway – enough preamble. Where are the best walks in Huddersfield?
Running more than 268 miles down the length of the country, the Pennine Way passes Huddersfield around Standedge Canal and Holmfirth. For a shorter and more manageable experience of this epic walking trail, walk between any of Standedge canal, Wissenden Canal or Black Hill. And don’t forget to pack a good lunch!
Colne Valley Trail
The beautiful Colne Valley park offers lots of different opportunities for walks, whatever your fitness level. The full trail covers over 16 miles, which you obviously won’t want to do with the kids on a wet Saturday. But you can drop in and do shorter sections and enjoy the views wherever your fitness level, or whoever is in tow.
Holme Valley walk
Passing through the village of Holmfirth, and skirting the banks of the river Holme, this walks takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery around Huddersfield. Again, the full walk is more for the hardcore walkers, at around 24 miles. But head to Holme and explore the woodlands and river at your leisure.
Digley and Bilberry reservoirs circuit
This is a relatively easy circuit to do with the kids, and can be a good way to get them to burn off some energy. There is a car park just south of Digley reservoir which makes the best starting place for most walks in the area.
Viewable from most places in Huddersfield, Castle Hill is an obvious waypoint for a country walk. In fact this is one of the most popular Huddersfield walks; is relatively easy (although that ascent can test the unfit or very young) and of course you’re rewarded with amazing views from the top.
Another circular walk taking in fantastic views and also plenty of local history, this walk starts from the village of Shelley. A short drive from Huddersfield, you can explore either the shorter, 3.5 mile route, or take the full 6.5 mile (or even 7.5 mile) circuit. All walks from Shelley take in woodland trails, old mining ruins and beautiful views of the Yorkshire countryside.
This stunning park not far from the Huddersfield town centre offers plenty of options for exploring, with a mixture of walking trails. Packed full of things to discover such as hidden grottoes, woodland and nature trails and historical relics, Beaumont park makes for a great walking spot whatever your fitness level. And better yet, it also rewards repeat visits, making it perfect for kids and more reluctant walkers.
For the full Yorkshire moor experience, Marsden Moor is the perfect place to stretch your legs. Of course there are lots of different routes and trails you can choose from, with different terrain and levels of difficulty. A relatively easy walk, and a good starting point, is from Scammonden reservoir. Or, if you’re looking to test your stamina, try the Standedge circular from Marsden.
Huddersfield Narrow Canal
This easy and scenic walk makes for a pleasant weekend stroll (or any time really) with kids or the dog. You can take the canal walk from Huddersfiend town centre, for example from Aspley, and take the route north towards Bradley/Brighouse (drop into the Royal and Ancient pub for a well earned refreshment stop). Or head to the Standedge tunnels and visitor centre to enjoy the out of town walks and head towards either Marsden Moor or back into Huddersfield.
If you’re looking for an easy stroll then Greenhead Park is perfect. Enjoy a walk (or jog, or cycle) around this beautiful park at your leisure. Feed the ducks, let the kids play in one of the multiple playgrounds, and maybe take a ride on the miniature railway. Plus, there are also two great cafes in Greenhead Park, making it ideal for a simple yet pleasant walk in Huddersfield.
The Kirklees Way
At 73 miles, the Kirklees Way is not a walk for the faint hearted. But of course, you don’t have to do the full trail in one. Pick your spot and walk along the trail across moorland at Slaithwaite moor, around Wessenden valley near Marsden or around Holmfirth and Holmbridge.
Getting outdoors in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
This is just a small selection of the nearly countless walking trails in this part of West Yorkshire. We hope this has inspired you to get out and find your ideal walking routes in Huddersfield and beyond.
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