This walk visits the village of Denby Dale in West Yorkshire. It makes use of waymarked trails to create a circular walk through the surrounding countryside. On the way there's nice views of the River Dearne and Denby Viaduct, open countryside, woodland trails and some small hill climbs with great views from the high points.
The walk starts from Denby Dale railway station, located just to the east of the village. The station lies on the Penistone Line 9.5 miles (15 km) south east of Huddersfield. From here you can pick up a footpath heading south east that will link you up with the Kirklees Way long distance trail. This will lead you east to Dobroyd Hill and Upper Bagden before following woodland trails through Bagden Wood.
The route then turns west past Bagden Hall and Bagden Park golf club, passing along the Dearne Way for a while. Around Kitchenroyd you turn north and then west to follow the Kirklees Way into the village of Lower Cumberworth. Trails will then take you south east to Denby Dale, before returning to the train station where the walk finishes.
There's some other nice options in the area if you'd like to continue your walking. Scout Dike, Royd Moor and Ingbirchworth Reservoirs are located a couple of miles south of the village. There's nice waterside trails to follow alongside this trio of lakes. The smaller Broadstone Reservoir is located just west as well.
Just to the south east there's some nice woodland trails in Deffer Wood and the pretty Cannon Hall Country Park near Cawthorne.
Denby Dale Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Denby Dale Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Denby Dale OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Denby Dale Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the south west there's the worthy village of Hepworth where you'll find the Butcher's Arms. The pub dates back to the early 1800s and is notable for featuring in the long running tv show Last of the Summer Wine. Many scenes from the show were shot around the village with the characters often meeting up in the pub.
You can find them at postcode HD9 1TE for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To the north you can pick up the Emley Circular Trail near the village of Emley. The 6 mile trail explores the area around the pretty village with some fine views of the Upper Dearne Valley. The trail also takes you very close to the splendid Bretton Country Park. There's some pleasant waterside paths around a pretty lake and miles of peaceful woodland to enjoy here. The site also includes the wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park which is one of the area's highlights.