With more than 5000 acres to explore, Marsden Moor has lots to offer. Explore a landscape steeped in history, from prehistoric man to historic trans-Pennine transport routes. Whether you prefer to explore the landscape on foot, by bike or through the lens of a camera there are plenty of things to see and do.
The moorland is home to a variety of plants and wildlife, making the landscape a real ecological paradise and a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). Deep peat covers most of the moor which creates an ideal habitat for species that can cope with heavy rainfall and little shelter. A number of birds nest on the moors between 1 March and 31 July, including Golden Plover and Twite. Therefore, whilst dogs are very welcome at Marsden Moor please do keep them on a lead and stick to footpaths during nesting season.
Don’t forget to bring your camera along on your visit, there are lots of spectacular sights to capture on a walk. Discover the magnificent view from Buckstones across the Upper Colne Valley and head to the top of Pule Hill for an amazing 360-degree view across the moorland. Down in the valley, the packhorse bridge at Eastergate is a lovely place for a family picnic. The bridge crosses the River Colne near its source and this peaceful spot is perfect for a rest.
There’s lots to see in the Wesseden Valley, which is perfect for a gentle stroll up or down the valley – you’ve also got the option of joining the Pennine Way for a more challenging walk across the moors. Here, the valley is dominated by a series of four reservoirs providing a scenic contrast against the moorland landscape.
For families, the moorland provides a wide, natural space to play and explore. There are plenty of perfect picnic spots and the open landscape allows you to enjoy different walks for all ages and abilities too.
From spring, a wide selection of plants, all grown locally, will be available to buy from Marsden Moor office on Fridays and Sundays. The money raised from the sales help our rangers carry out vital work on the moors, to care for the environment for future generations.