Database of Walks around Kirklees

Kirklees is a metropolitan borough which includes Batley, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Holmfirth, and Huddersfield among others. The area has a diverse history and heritage – Holmfirth is the home to ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, and Huddersfield is the birth place to rugby league – but there’s something for everyone here, including our very first ghost walk! Have a look through the walks around Kirklees and see if you can find something to tickle your casual rambling tastebuds! There are certainly plenty of picturesque locations to explore, reservoirs to walk round and country lanes to get your boots muddy.

Heritage Walks

The Snow Stone - A dramatic 0.5 mile uphill walk through a 19th century quarry with wide ranging views, to the ‘Snow Stone’ engraved with a poem by Simon Armitage

Huddersfield Culture Walk - A 30 minute ‘lunchtime’ walk around the important heritage sites of Huddersfield town centre.

Dewsbury Blue Plaque Trail - A gentle hour’s stroll around the points of historic interest in Dewsbury.

Suffrage Walk (Huddersfield) - A 2 hour circular walk around the important landmarks in Huddersfield’s fight for votes for women.

Luddite History Trail - Follow William Horsfall’s last journey (roughly 3 miles) from Huddersfield to Milnsbridge.

Huddersfield Public Art Trail - A linear route around the statues and pieces of public art in Huddersfield town centre.

Huddersfield Heritage Trail - A walk around the important historical landmarks in Huddersfield town centre.

Colne Valley Highways Heritage Walk - A 5 mile circular route around Summer Wine Country, taking particular note of milestones and waypoints.

Calderdale / Kirklees Border - A 3 mile walk between the two boroughs, looking at the historical milestones (literally).

The Five Guidestoops Walk - This 3.75 mile circular highways heritage trail visits five of the seven varied guide stoops in the Kirkburton Parish Council area.

Shuddersfield Ghost Trail - Explore the spooky past (and even spookier present, hauntings and all) in this trail around Huddersfield.

Check out the impressive train station at Huddersfield, the start to a number of heritage walks

Last of the Summer Wine - A 4.5 mile walk around the village of Holmfirth, where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed.

Kirkheaton & Lascelles Hall - A 1 hour walk, exploring the cricketing heritage of these two villages and their attractive grounds.

Scholes & Hartshead Moor - A 1.5 hour exploration of two pretty villages on the outskirts of Cleckheaton, and their cricketing heritage.

Holmfirth & Thongsbridge - A cricket heritage walk of around 1.5 hours taking in the cricket clubs in ‘Compo Country’.

Kirkburton & Shelley - Take a journey through two adjoining villages with spectacular views, and explore the cricketing heritage (1 hour)

Slaithwaite & Linthwaite - A 1 hour walk through the cricketing past of  two villages which have an industrial past which can still be seen today.

Holmbridge & Cartworth Moor - A 1.5 hour cricket trail round these two villages in ‘Summer Wine Country’

Denby & Denby Dale - The final cricket heritage walk, a 1.5 mile walk round Denby and Denby Dale (the pie village).

Huddersfield Real Ale Trail - A walk around the town including 9 real ale pubs (at the time of publishing).


 Explore Holmfirth, home of Last of The Summer Wine

Countryside Walks

Newhall Meander - A 1.9 mile circular route into the countryside, from Mirfield train station.

Birdsedge Flatts - A 50 minute walk around the country lanes in the Birdsedge High Flatts area of Denby Dale.

Windy Bank - A 60 minute walk setting out from Windy Bank and crossing under the motorway and round the golf course.

Oakwell Hall Nature Trail - A 2 mile figure of eight nature trail (which can be split in two) in the grounds of Oakwell Hall.

Tunnel End Circular - This is a 2.4 mile, varied walk with stunning views across the Colne Valley and lots of interest for birdwatchers and botanists.

The Pen-Den Trail - A 5.5 mile scenic linear walk linking Penistone and Denby Dale railway stations.

The Denby Dale to Shepley Trail - An easy 4 mile linear walk between Denby Dale and Shepley railway stations.

Stocksmoor Circular - A 1.7 mile circular route round the country lanes of the village of Stocksmoor.

Skelmanthorpe Village - A scenic 3 mile walk around the historic village of Skelmanthorpe.

Liversedge Metal Sheep - A 1.5 mile circular walk from Liversedge to see the metal sheep sculptures.


 The metal sheep in the area around Rawfolds

Plain Country Friends - A choice of three short walks from High Flatts, either ¾ mile, 1½ miles or 3 miles in length, best explored at a gentle stroll.

Emley Village Trail - A 3 mile circular walk round the village of Emley and the surrounding countryside.

Emley Circular Trail - A 6 mile walk (although shortcuts can be taken) round Emley: the medieval town that never grew

Digley - Digley offers an invigorating 4.9 mile walk, running along lanes, fields and over open moorland accommodating wide ranging views of the reservoir and surrounding countryside.

Denby Dale Village Trail - A scenic 5-mile walk around the giant pie-making village of Denby Dale. Allow 2 to 3 hours for a leisurely walk.

Clayton West Village Trail - Allow a couple of hours for a leisurely 3 mile stroll around the scenic village of Clayton West.

Clayton West Circular Trail - A 6-mile walk round and about Clayton West, taking in a Green,a Shrogg and a Mine.

Wholestone Hill - A 30-45 minute circular walk along part of the Kirklees Way with great views of surrounding countryside and Blackmoorfoot.

Farnley Tyas - A 4.5 mile walk through a delightful valley with views of Castle Hill, one of Huddersfield’s most prominent landmarks.


The incredibly atmospheric Castle Hill, one of Huddersfield’s best known landmarks.

Urban Walks

Thurstonland Walk for Health - A 1.6 mile walk around this area of Kirkburton, mainly on country lanes.

Shepley Walk for Health - Explore the Shepley area of Kirkburton in this 2.4 mile circular walk.

Scar Wood, Golcar - A 50 minute walk for health around Golcar, skirting on Scar Wood and the Recreation Ground.

A Farm, a Wood and a Mill - A 40 minute walk around Golcar, taking in a local farm and a mill complex.

Mirfield Ginnels - A 3 mile walk round the town of Mirfield through the sneaks and alleys.

Mirfield Meander - A circular 2.8 mile walk around Mirfield taking in the points of interest.

Penny Spring Wood and Broken Cross - A 60 minute walk for health in Almondbury skirting the wood, and the recreation ground.

Sharp Lane and the Woodsome Valley - A walk for health around the outskirts of the common in Almondbury, taking roughly 60 minutes.

Golcar Circular - A 55 minute walk for health around Golcar in Cowlersley.

Leymoor Loop - A 45 minute walk for health around Leymoor (Golcar), round rounds and through a couple of parks.

Huddersfield Water Walk - A 45 minute walk designed to be done in a lunchtime, through the town centre and along the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

Huddersfield Green Spaces Walk - A 40 minute ‘lunchtime walk’ around the parks and green spaces in Huddersfield town centre.

Quarry Walk - A 55 minute walk (which can be reduced to 35 minutes) past the quarries on the edge of Crosland Moor.

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 Explore Greenhead Park after the Huddersfield Green Spaces walk

Beaumont Park Circular - A 45 minute walk for health round the area of Beaumont Park in Crosland Moor.

Denby Dale - A 60 minute winding walk for health around Denby Dale.

Clayton West - A fairly hilly walk around the Clayton West are of Denby Dale, taking in parks and the miniature railway.

Emley - A 45 minute walk for health around the outskirts of Emley.

Upper Denby - A 40 minute walk for health around the village of Upper Denby.

Skelmanthorpe Circular - A 55  minute circular ‘walk for health’ around Skelmanthorpe, past sports ground, parks and with meadow views.

Ancient Walton Cross - A 45 minute walk for health from Windy Bank to the ancient Walton Cross and back.

Hartshead Church - A 45 minute loop around Windy Bank to the Hartshead Church (why not combine with the Walton Cross walk?)

Stile Common - A 40 minute health walk around Newsome including Stile Common.

Newsome to Hall Bower - A 45 circular minute walk from Newsome along country lanes and past the cricket club to Hall Bower Farm.

Salford Village Green - 60 minute walk including Lockwood Scar, Salford Village Green and the Riverside Way in Newsome.

Batley Railway Walks - Two circular 60 minute routes in the area surrounding Batley station and crossing the railway tracks.

Batley Cemetery Walk - A 60 minute route (which can be reduced to 40) around Batley from the Market Square to the Cemetery.

Batley Wilton Park Walks - 4 different walks for health around Wilton Park in Batley, from 20 – 50 minutes.

Mirfield Loop - A 45 minute walk for health loop around Mirfield in Huddersfield.

Dalton and Rawthorpe - An hour long ramble around Dalton and Rawthorpe on the outskirts of Huddersfield.

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The amazing ancient Walton Cross in Windy Bank

Woodland Walks

Merrydale Clough - A 2.5 mile nature walk through this White Rose Forest wood, skirting the edge of Hill Top Reservoir.

Honley Wood Circular - 2.25 miles through one of West Yorkshire’s largest remaining ancient woodlands.

Dean Wood Circular - A 4 mile walk round Beaumont Park and Dean Wood as well as surrounding countryside on the outskirts of Huddersfield.

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Bluebells in Honley Wood

Waterside Walks

Blackmoorfoot Reservoir - A 1.3 mile walk with wide views of this reservoir which is situated South West of Huddersfield.

Scammonden Water - This is a 4.1 mile walk around the edges of the reservoir with some woodland and pastures, west of Huddersfield.

Digley Reservoir - An invigorating 4.9 mile walk which runs over lanes, fields and open moorland before finishing with wide ranging views of the reservoir.

Butterley Reservoir Circular - A 2.7 mile nature walk around the Butterley Reservoir, which can be accessed on foot from Marsden station and is an impressive feat of Victorian engineering, including an amazing spillway.

Mirfield Canal and River Walk - A walk lasting around 55 minutes along the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal.

Huddersfield Narrow Canal - A 3 mile linear walk between the stations at Slaithwaite and Marsden.

Huddersfield Water Walk - A 45 minute walk designed to be done in a lunchtime, through the town centre and along the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

Fartown Greenway and Canal - An hour long walk for health around Fartown and along the canal.

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Butterley Reservoir

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