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Marsden to Hedbden Bridge

A strenuous walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Kirklees, England, about 22.81km (14.17 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:45h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 306m (1003ft)
Loss 401m (1315ft)
Max. Elevation 460m (1509ft)
Elevation (total) 707m (2318ft)
Marsden Railway Station
Hebden Bridge
Distance 22.81km
Duration ~7:45
2Created by mac.hawk on 29 Dec 2014
Railway station to railway station walk. A 17 1/2 mile, predominantly moorland walk following the Pennine Way much of the time. Can be squishy underfoot in places if the rainy season has been upon us lately.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


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Marsden is served by the Huddersfield-Manchester Victoria line. Connections from Leeds (and intermediate stations) needs a change at Huddersfield.
Tunnel End About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
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From the railway station take the canal towpath to Tunnel End. Cross the canal via the bridge and left again down Waters Road to reach Hey Green.
Hey Green About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Just beyond the Hey Green Hotel a path on the left follow the stream to reach a Close Gate (pack horse) Bridge.
Close Gate Bridge About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
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Go over the bridge and take the pack that rises ahead and continues over the moor passing March Haigh Reservoir away on the right for 2 1/2 miles to reach the A640 at Haigh Gutter.
Haigh Gutter About 2.61 km (~1.62 miles) from
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At this point we join the Pennine Way and follow it for a little over 2 miles, passing the White Hill trig pillar along the way, to reach the footbridge over the M62 motorway.
M65 Footbridge About 3.07 km (~1.91 miles) from
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Cross the bridge and still following the Pennine Way veer left and follow the wide path uphill among the stones (and trig point) of Blackstone Edge and continue to reach The Old Packhorse Road.
Old Packhorse (Roman) Road About 2.50 km (~1.55 miles) from
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At the track turn left and head downhill for 1/4 mile to take the path on the right that follows Broad Head Drain to reach Halifax road SW of Blackstone Edge Reservoir. Turn right for 300 yards.
Blackstone Edge Reservoir About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
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Follow the path along the western edge of the reservoir (still on the Pennine Way) to the northern end of Warland Reservoir.
Warland Reservoir About 3.79 km (~2.35 miles) from
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Still on the Pennine Way, follow Warland Drain as it soon veers right for 3/4 mile.
Leave Warland Drain About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
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Leave the drain where a flagged path heads off to the left. Follow the path as it descends Bald Scout Hill then rises to reach Withens Gate.
Withens Gate About 1.15 km (~0.71 miles) from
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From Withens Gate follow the wide, rocky path to reach Stoodley Pike.
Stoodley Pike About 1.23 km (~0.76 miles) from
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From the Pike follow the path heading east to reach a wall. Go through the gap stile then a gap in the wall at left & start to descend to reach the Pennine Bridleway near Swillington. Turn right.
Swillington About 0.98 km (~0.61 miles) from
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From Swillington follow Kilnshaw Lane for a little over a mile to just beyond Erringden Grange and reach cross tracks.
Errinden Grange About 1.56 km (~0.97 miles) from
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At the cross tracks turn left down the tarmac road for 400 yards then go through a (waymarked) wide gate on the right.
Waymarked Wide Gate About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
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Follow the wall on your right through 5 fields to reach the road by the Aerial tower at Fairfield.
Fairfield About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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Directly cross the road ahead and enter the wood. Head diagonally right (the path can sometimes be obscured by fallen leaves) to reach an exit and follow a track heading downhill.
Crow Nest Wood About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
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The path continues in the same direction downhill along the northern limit of Crow Nest Wood to reach the road. Turn left,go under the rly bridge then up the steps on the left to reach the station.
Hebden Bridge Railway Station About 0.14 km (~0.09 miles) from
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This walks about 17 1/2 miles once you've danced around the various puddles and boulders. Plenty of trains back to Leeds/Bradford or Manchester areas.

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