Escape to the Country: Marsden, Huddersfield

Taking a trip into the countryside away from the city means one thing. Cheap pint. And you can’t get much better than change from a tenner when getting a round in. Marsden, on the outskirts of Huddersfield, sits in the Pennines and as well as the brilliant price of a beer, has some awe-inspiring views.

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There is nothing more romantic than the Peak District, the setting for classic novel Wuthering Heights. Immerse yourself in the landscape with its wild winds and rich heritage – a great escape from everyday life.

Rock formations and man made walls are overrun by lush vegetation that climbs up and bursts over at every crack and crevice. The winter climate does nothing to stem nature’s spirit, as everything is overgrown and full of life. Just a few steps out of town allows you to be hidden from modern life and immersed in the heritage of the valleys of the Peak District.

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Butterley Reservoir is a mere 5 minute walk out of town, not too arduous for amateur ramblers or people used to breathing in car fumes rather than fresh air. There is the option of a 4, 8 or 10 mile trek to see the key points of interest. Or, you can just walks as far as your legs will carry you and simply take in the views, which we decided was best.

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We managed to reach the reservoir on foot from the station, out of breath after misjudging the incline out of Marsden. The area is steeped in history, its rolling hills and turquoise waters make for some spectacular shots if you are a keen photographer. On a clear day, catching a sunset at the end of the day is a unique experience in this rugged landscape.

The pubs in Marsden are your classic old fashioned real ale establishments, perfect for those partial to a decent pint, so every Yorkshire man is worth his skin.

Our route of Marsden

We managed to frequent two pubs whilst there which were warm, welcoming venues perfect for couples and families alike. The New Inn, just in the town centre and, The Railway which sits next to the station and is a part of the infamous Ale Trail.

We only did a small part of the possible routes around the reservoirs but there are a ton of alternate options for the more experienced ramblers, including the 10-mile Standedge walk and the 8-mile Marsden Moor heritage trail south route.

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Founder and owner of The Yorkshireman - a regional publication that celebrates all things Yorkshire. Find me dawdling in the Dales or walking the dog on the Yorkshire coast.