This circular walk explores the wonderful Marsden Moor Estate in the Pennines. The estate includes canals, rivers, reservoirs and hill climbs with wonderful views over Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and the Peak District.
Start your walk from the National Trust car park next to Marsden Train Station. From here you can pick up the trails heading west to the excellent Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre. The centre has a wealth of information on Britain's longest canal tunnel which was built in 1811. You can also find out about boat trips, view the exhibition and enjoy a bite to eat in the cafe.
The trail continues west to Haigh Clough and the pretty March Haigh Reservoir. There's a trail here which will take you up to the Buckstones viewpoint where there's wonderful views across the estate.
The next section takes you across Willmer Green Clough to Haigh Gutter where you turn south along a section of the Pennine Way. Follow the path to Millstone Edge where you turn east along a section of the Standedge Trail, passing the entrance to the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain.
At Gilbert's Cottages you turn north to Hey Green where you turn east to return to Marsden.
The estate has a number of long distance waymarked trails crossing it so there is great scope for extending your walking in this lovely area. The Standedge Trail, Pennine Way, Pennine Bridleway and Kirklees Way can all be easily picked up to further explore the area and visit more of the numerous reservoirs in the area. Both Castleshaw Reservoir and Butterley Reservoir offer fine waterside trails.
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal also crosses the moor. You can follow it through Huddersfield to Manchester.