GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Meltham Walks - Near and Around

9 miles (14 km)

This West Yorkshire based town sits in a nice position on the edge of the Peak District. There's some fine moorland scenery, a series of pretty reservoirs and several local hill climbs to enjoy around the town.
This circular walk from the town explores the moorland to the west of the settlement. On the way you'll visit Meltham Moor, Wessenden Reservoir, Butterley Reservoir and Deer Hill Reservoir.
The walk starts in the village and follows country lanes west and then south to visit Meltham Moor. You'll climb to Milston Hill before coming to West Nab which stands at a height of 500 metres. There's great views and some interesting rock formations to see here.
The route continues west past Holly Bank Moss to link up with the Pennine Way at Leyzing Clough. Follow the waymarked trail north west and it will take you past Great Hey Cote Hill to Wessenden Reservoir and Blakeley Reservoir. There's some waterfalls and views of the Wessenden Brook in this area.
The route then heads north along Blakeley Reservoir to Butterley Reservoir. You then head past Binn Moor and Holme Moss to Deer Hill Reservoir. From here paths take you south east back towards Meltham.

Meltham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Meltham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Meltham

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the town head to the Travellers Rest for some post walk refreshment. The pub has a friendly atmosphere and is a popular place for walkers. They have a lovely large garden area where you can enjoy great views with your meal. You can find them on Slaithwaite Rd with a postcode of HD9 5NH for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The moorland trails and hill climbs are great for fit dogs. The Travellers Rest mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the eastern side of the town you can follow the Meltham Greenway to the delightful Folly Dolly Falls. The cascade is a bit of hidden gem and well worth a visit after heavy rain. Just south of here there's also the Meltham Mills Reservoir where there's some peaceful woodland trails around the small lake.
To the west of the town you can pick up the circular Marsden Moor Walk and explore this expansive area of moorland. In this area you can also pick up the Standedge Trail and take in the interesting Standedge Tunnels.
Just to the south east is the popular town of Holmfirth where you can visit Digley Reservoir, Brownhill Reservoir and Ramsden Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Pennines Walks and Peak District Walks pages.

Photos

Shops and pubs in Meltham near Huddersfield - geograph.org.uk - 1515934

Shops and pubs in Meltham near Huddersfield

Raven Rocks - geograph.org.uk - 831609

Raven Rocks. A rocky outcrop on the western edge of Meltham Moor.

Bellman Castle, Meltham Moor - geograph.org.uk - 1372546

Bellman Castle, Meltham Moor. One of the few rock formations up here named on the OS maps. This name goes back to the 1850 six-inch map.

Perched boulder, West Nab Brow. Meltham - geograph.org.uk - 1355720

Perched boulder, West Nab Brow. Rocking stone on this elevated moorland.

Wessenden Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 90958

Wessenden Reservoir

Blakeley Reservoir and the Wessenden Valley track, Marsden - geograph.org.uk - 862740

Blakeley Reservoir and the Wessenden Valley track, Marsden. Seen from the high-level path below Rigg Shaw.

Butterley Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 1296585

Butterley Reservoir

Deer Hill Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 171658

Deer Hill Reservoir

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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