The Peak District National Park and the National Trust Marsden Moor Estate provide a beautiful backdrop to the Holme Valley villages, whilst the countryside around the villages of Denby Dale, Kirkburton, Shelly, Shepley and Emley is a little flatter than the normal Yorkshire landscape - ideal for exploring by bicycle or on foot. There are miles of trails and footpaths to suit every ability and interest; and the quiet country lanes are ideal for cyclists and horse riders. There are annual Triathlon and Duathlon events, and opportunities to fish, sail, off-road and golf.
The Pennine Cycleway, National Cycle Route 68, winds through the Holme and Colne Valleys, and the Transpennine Trail is a popular route for families. Countless walks are available including a quirky series of heritage walks around Kirkburton.
Home of ITVs striking new drama Jericho, Homfirth is most famous for the TV comedy Last of the Summer Wine. Tread in the footsteps of Compo, Nora and Clegg in some of the stunning filming locations.
The pretty town of Denby Dale was named ‘Pie Village’ after the huge pies made to celebrate special events. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot the striking stone-built viaduct which spans the Dearne Valley. Another striking landmark is Emley Moor Mast – the main transmission site for Yorkshire. Follow the many heritage trails that criss-cross the area to explore the area’s past. Follow Holmfirth’s Blue Plaque Trail for a tour of the local heritage, and get out in the valleys to uncover Victorian architecture around Digley, Bilberry and Ramsden Reservoirs.
From traditional folklore to contemporary jazz, Marsden is home to an eclectic programme of events. Dig the moon out of the water at Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival or celebrate the arrival of Spring on Cuckoo Day. Artistic workshops take place throughout the year and there are always unique pieces to buy, try Slaithwaite Emporium, or The Loft Space at Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre. For upcoming arts, cultural and creative events visit creativekirklees.com