The day we decided to walk up Black Hill and play radio, just happened to be the day that the “trigger” race was being run, and the “spine” race too. It would have been less busy in town!
This is a short walk of just over 2 miles, which takes you away from the hustle of the town. It is surprisingly green and rural considering just how close it is. Allow yourself an hour for this walk, and expect some mud.
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This is a circular walk, so it can be started anywhere along the route. I am starting at Silver Street, and the steep steps up past Kilner Bank Road
Within a few minutes, you are presented with a view which makes the whole walk worthwhile
The footpaths are well trodden, but I was unable to see any signage, so you need to be careful to turn up towards the cricket ground. If you miss the turn, don’t worry, just follow the old disused road, and take the turning at the old quarry entrance.
The walk leads through a wooded area
before opening to the next superb view
Easily followed, but a bit muddy, this top stretch isn’t far, and you head down and back along a pretty little track, which is unmarked on the OS map
is well over half way completed,
so I popped into Costa for a cheeky latte. Refreshed you pass the Stadium, I always loose track of what they are calling it these days, McAlpine, Galpharm, John Smiths?
No such problem with the River Colne,
which lazily meanders past on the Right
The last short stretch passes the Golf range, exiting the car park at the rear right, then along the track to get back to the start.
Discover Huddersfield have produced a series of little guided walk booklets, I decided to grab one and get out for a lunchtime walk and see what it is about.
This short walk is called the Historic Buildings Trail and it starts at the Railway Station
Impressive as the station is, remember to look at the other buildings which surround the square.
The Walk is about a mile long, and will take about 20 minutes
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Head off along Railway street which is to your left as you look at the station. Can you spot this cheeky fella?
Was this a statement by a disgruntled stone mason?
A right turn at the junction takes you down past Byram Arcade, with the impressive frontage,
more than matched by the inside, lots of unique shops, and a great cuppa at the BlueRooms if you have time. As you pass
Turn Right and you are in Market Place
Keep walking through the town centre (don’t forget to look up, above the shop frontages) until you get to Ramsden Street, and turn Left down to the Town Hall
and the library
Turning Right past the indoor market you take a dogleg and arrive at the ring road. Turn Left and follow the road past part of Huddersfield University. At Queen street, branch left and you will pass by the
Lawrence Batley Theatre
The end of Queen street presents you with a view of St Peters Church I prefer
the view from the other side
The Historic Building Trail suggests you walk along Lord street, which is fine, but you can walk through the church grounds too
whichever way you choose, turn Right at Northumberland street for
the Mechanics Institute building
The Trail scoots alongside the building on Friendly street, what a pleasent sounding place! A 90 degree left brings you finally to the conclusion of this walk, The Wholesale Market
There is a lot of information packed into the tiny booklet. I’m really pleased that I decided to take this short walk on.
If you get chance I recommend you give it a try. If you want on, the booklet is available from:
or you can
On Facebook, the ability to walk from Aspley to Marsden on the canal bank was questioned, so yesterday, I decided to walk home that way and see what happened.
At Aspley, you can sneak under the main road, making it possible to avoid being killed by the traffic, always a bonus.
And into the tunnel
You will magically arrive safe, by the University
Leaving that part of the university behind, the canal changes to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It was the Broad Canal up to this point.
Is this analogous with how we will change with all this walking? I quite like the idea of morphing from broad to narrow 🙂
Anyway, back to the canal, which we won’t have for much longer. Some serious metalwork supports the banking just prior to the canal entering a tunnel, which we can’t follow. There is a steel staircase which it is necessary for us to climb. Be really careful if it is wet or cold, this can get really slippy.
We can now answer the question. No, it is not possible to follow the canal from Aspley to Marsden, however, turn left at the top of the stairs, walk to the bottom of the road and turn right. Head to the Kirklees College building. Total distance away from the canal is 350m.
When you get to the college, you are back with the canal, and can continue along to Longroyd bridge.
The Tow Path is well maintained, and tarmac all the way along this stretch.
At Longroyd Bridge, we will follow the left fork, and go under the main road via this short tunnel. Some thoughtful person even sign posted the route for us.
From here on, the route is really straight forward, but not for me, as this is part of my homeward walk, and I don’t live in Marsden. So I leave at sunset at Milnsbridge.