West Yorkshire

Marsden is a village in the Kirklees metropolitan district of West Yorkshire.

Peel Street, MarsdenMarsdenSt Bartholemew, MarsdenMarsden is a large village near the head of the Colne Valley just over 6 miles south-west of Huddersfield town centre (7.4 miles by road) and 3 miles south-west of Slaithwaite.

The village is surrounded by attractive moorland managed by the National Trust as the Marsden Moor Estate.

To the south, the Peak District National Park begins about half-a-mile from the village centre, most easily reached by the Wessenden Valley with its attractive reservoirs.

Marsden is the starting point of many historic routes across and through the Pennines, including a succession of pack horse trails and roads and these were followed by the building of a canal and the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway and Canal Company's direct rail route under the moors.

The Standedge canal tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal runs from Marsden to Diggle and is the longest, highest and deepest on England's canal network. Its construction was followed over the years by three parallel railway tunnels, the earliest two being single track followed by the double track tunnel which remains in use today.

The village has provided an attractive location for a number of TV series, including a principal location for the 1997 police series "Wokenwell" and also scenes for long-run comedy "Last Of The Summer Wine" and dramas "Where The Heart Is" and "Last Tango In Halifax". Moorland above Marsden hosted the 'local shop' of the 1999-2002 comedy series "The League Of Gentlemen".

Marsden Imbolc fire festivalMarsden Cuckoo DayVillage events in Marsden include an Imbolc fire festival, which is generally held on the first weekend in February on alternate years, although cancelled in 2022. The festival was last held on Saturday February 1 in 2020.
The legend of the Marsden Cuckoo is also celebrated with a festival day each April.

 Village features

The village is on the River Colne
Marsden is on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
Marsden is close to the Peak District National Park.
The village has pubs and social clubs.
Marsden has a village store and local traders.
The village has a Post Office.
The village has a pharmacy.
A choice of cafes can be found in Marsden.
Takeaway food outlets in the village include fish and chips, chinese, pizzas, sandwiches.
Marsden has a community hall - Marsden Mechanics.
The village has a community library.
Marsden has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Methodist, United Reformed.
More information about Marsden can be found at


Marsden station Station Road

Marsden station 1 Eastbound
Slaithwaite 4 - Huddersfield 10 - Deighton 14 - Mirfield 18 - Wakefield Kirkgate 33 - Normanton 38 - Castleford 44 - York 1hr 10 
Slaithwaite 4 - Huddersfield 9 - Deighton 21 - Mirfield 26 - Ravensthorpe 29 - Dewsbury 38 - Batley 41 - Morley 46 - Cottingley 50 - Leeds 27 - 58  - York 1hr 2 2 Westbound
Greenfield 8 - Mossley 12 - Stalybridge 17 - Manchester Piccadilly 34 26 - typical fastest journey times in minutes.
Red - stations in West Yorkshire ticket area.
- some journeys continue via Wakefield to York or late evening to Wakefield.
- peak time services run non-stop Huddersfield-Leeds, change at Huddersfield for intermediate stations. Evening stopping service Huddersfield-Leeds, change at Huddersfield for faster trains to Dewsbury and Leeds. A few peak time services operate beyond Leeds to York or Scarborough.

Station managed by: NORTHERN.   Operator/s: TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS.

NATIONAL RAIL - Departure and station info
External link to National Rail live departure board for services at this station (opens in new tab).

Bus travel

The village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Road travel

Marsden can be reached via the A62 B6107 .

Places to Visit

Peak District National Park

Peak District National ParkThe vast area of the Peak District National Park extends into the Kirklees district near Holme, Meltham and Marsden. The nearest railway station to this part of the National Park is at Marsden, a walk of just one mile from the edge of the National Park. Buses run from Huddersfield and Holmfirth into the National Park and via Slaithwaite and Marsden to its edge.

For more details see our Peak District page.

Marsden Moor Estate

Buckstones and Pule Hill, Marsden Moor EstateOverlapping the boundary of the Peak District National Park and extending northwards from it are nearly eight square miles of moorland around Marsden managed by the National Trust as the Marsden Moor Estate. The moors are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation due to the area's ground nesting birds and the deep peat bog environment of the high moorland. The beauty of the moors themselves are the main attraction here and they can be explored by a variety of paths and historic trails. The Marsden Moor Estate Office near the car park at the Old Goods Yard of Marsden station, off Station Road, forms a focal point for occasional organised walks and events such as fund-raising plant sales.
Find out more about the moors and conservation work at the  National Trust - Marsden Moor website.

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor Centre

Standedge Tunnel & Visitor CentreTunnel EndWaters Road, Marsden
The Standedge Visitor Centre at Tunnel End, Marsden, tells the history of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the building of Britain's longest canal tunnel, the three-and-a-quarter mile long Standedge Tunnel. The tunnel is also the deepest below ground and is the highest stretch of canal in the country. An exhibition centre shows the work which went into the opening of the tunnel in 1811 and how goods were propelled through the tunnel by leggers laying on the boat roof and walking on the tunnel sides or roof. There is also a children's play area and the opportunity to travel deep into the tunnel on a guided narrow boat or to relax at the Watersedge cafe beside the tunnel. The centre hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Marsden is about 7 miles west-south-west of Huddersfield and is easily reached by train to Marsden station, bus or car. The visitor centre is about half-a-mile along the canal towpath from the station. The visitor centre is managed by the Canal & River Trust.

Find out more at this Canal & River Trust  Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre webpage.

Castleshaw Roman Forts

Castleshaw Roman Forts

Footpath access. Nearest parking at Waterworks Road, off A62 Huddersfield Road, near Delph, Greater Manchester (historic West Riding of Yorkshire)
Across footpaths on a remote Pennine hillside are the earthwork remains of a succession of two forts built by the Roman army and used over a time-span of nearly 50 years during the period of their progression through Yorkshire as they invaded Britain. The first fort was built around AD 79 and a second down-sized fortlet built in AD 105 and used for about 20 years as it served the Roman road between Chester and York. By this time the Romans were securing a much more northerly boundary with the building of Hadrian's Wall. Today, little can actually be seen in the field where the forts were built other than remains of the raised rectangular earth bank ramparts, which would in Roman times have been higher and supported a wooden barricade wall. Alongside, however, there are interesting information boards explaining what would have been there in Roman times. The forts, which now have a scheduled monument status, have been the site of extensive archeological investigation at various times since the 1890s and more can be found out about these at the Saddleworth Museum in Uppermill. Saddleworth is an area of the south Pennines which was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, but which now makes up around half of the metropolitan borough of Oldham in Greater Manchester.

Find on map:  Castleshaw Roman Forts

Whistlestop Valley formerly Kirklees Light Railway

Shelley station - Kirklees Light RailwayKirklees Light RailwayPark Mill Way, Clayton West, near Huddersfield
Whistelstop Valley is a rebranding of the Kirklees Light Railway, a 15-inch-gauge light railway on the trackbed of the former Clayton West branch line from the Huddersfield-Penistone-Sheffield line. The branch had survived the Beeching axe of the 1960s but eventually closed to coal traffic in 1979 and passengers from the large commuter villages of Skelmanthorpe and Clayton West in 1983. Work began to create the new 15-inch-gauge light railway from Clayton West in 1991 and was completed along the full 3.5 miles to Shelley in 1997. The line operates most weekends and on weekdays at certain times of the year. Six steam locomotives and two diesel locomotives are used on the line, some built specially for the railway while others have seen previous service at seaside railways such as the Fairbourne Railway in Wales and Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway in North East Lincolnshire. Special occasions have seen guest visits from other lines, including the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Sussex and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in Cumbria. Santa Specials operate in December. The railway is based at Clayton West where there is a cafe, play area, picnic area, miniature railway, gift shop and toilets. At the Shelley end of the line there is also a cafe, play area, picnic area and toilets. There is no interchange with the adjoining main line at KLR's Shelley station, but there is a waymarked walk to the station from Shepley, taking about 20 minutes. The KLR's intermediate stations at Skelmanthorpe and Cuckoo's Nest provide access to a good network of paths for walkers, Skelmanthorpe station being a short walk from the village. The railway marks its 30th year in 2021 with rebranding as Whistlestop Valley and traditional train tickets replaced with Big Adventure tickets if wanting a train ride as well as access to all facilities like the cafe and picnic area, activity space and a jumping pillow timetabled to arrive in August 2021.

More information at the  Whistlestop Valley website.

National Coal Mining Museum for England

National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandNational Coal Mining MuseumWakefield Road, Overton
The National Coal Mining Museum for England is mid-way between Wakefield and Huddersfield, about 6 miles from each, on the main A642 road at Overton. It is also around 10 miles from Barnsley and just under 5 miles from Dewsbury. The former Caphouse Colliery has exhibits showing the history of mining in the Yorkshire coalfield and beyond. The museum also offers the chance to don a miner's helmet to take an underground tour down the mine. The tour takes about an hour and shows the changes in mining and conditions in the pit through its history. There's also chance to meet pit ponies, to take a trip on a colliery railway, to walk its nature trail or relax with food or a drink in its cafe.
More details at the  National Coal Mining Museum website.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK's leading open-air sculpture gallery, situated at West Bretton, between Barnsley, Huddersfield and Wakefield. Set in around 500 acres of beautiful parkland within the Bretton Estate adjoining Bretton Hall, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park offers what is probably the finest outdoor exhibition space in the country for modern and contemporary sculpture, attracting regional, national and international exhibits. The museum also has indoor exhibition spaces, cafes and shops. The museum car parks are accessed off the A637 Huddersfield Road between West Bretton and junction 38 of the M1. From 2020, the Yorkshire Sculpture Pak has introduced an admission charge with advance booking required. Parking is included in the admission fee.

More information at the  Yorkshire Sculpture Park website.
Find on map:  Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Emergency services

West Yorkshire Police  West Yorkshire Police website.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Metropolitan district council

Kirklees Council

Kirklees Council covers a large metropolitan district based in Huddersfield but also covering well over 100 towns and villages.

They include those in the former county borough of Huddersfield, the former boroughs of Dewsbury, Batley and Spenborough (based in Cleckheaton), the former urban districts of Heckmondwike and Colne Valley (based in Slaithwaite and also including Marsden) and the five large civil parishes created from former urban districts in Holme Valley (around Holmfirth), Denby Dale, Kirkburton, Meltham and Mirfield. Areas other than the latter five are without town or civil parish councils. Part of the district is in the Peak District National Park.

Kirklees Council is made up of 69 councillors with three councillors per ward in 23 wards. Councillors are elected for four-year terms with one-third involved in elections in three out of four years. Councillors elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Kirklees each year.

Link to  Kirklees Council website.

Political composition after May 2024 election:

2291510643 KCIG
69 members KCIG = Kirklees Community Independents Group

See our Gazetteer for more about the  Kirklees metropolitan district and places within it.

County strategic authority

West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Covers some combined services of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire -  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Leeds,  Kirklees and  Wakefield — which were at one time provided by a West Yorkshire metropolitan county council, with the addition of the non-contiguous unitary authority area of the City of  York council as well as the unelected Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership. Since 2021 it has operated with an elected mayor as chairman and decision-maker for some responsibilities. These include transport, housing and planning and finance powers. The responsibilities also include those of Police and Crime Commissioner, a role substantially delegated to an appointee deputy mayor.

Elected mayor: Tracy Brabin Labour & Cooperative
 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire
This role has become one of the many responsibilities of the West Yorkshire elected mayor since May 2021.

 West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

Fire Authority

West Yorkshire Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the five metropolitan district councils of West Yorkshire - Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds, Kirklees and Wakefield.
 West Yorkshire Fire Authority web pages.

Parliamentary constituency

Colne Valley
Elected MP: Paul Davies Labour

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

West Yorkshire


1937-1974 Colne Valley Urban District.
(Created in 1937 from merger of Golcar, Linthwaite, Marsden, Scammonden and Slaithwaite Urban Districts)

      * -1974 Within the West Riding of Yorkshire.
* (The three ancient Ridings of Yorkshire date from Viking times, but gained an increased role as administrative counties in 1889).

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