GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pule Hill

5 miles (8 km)

This circular walk climbs to Pule Hill on the wonderful Marsden Moor Estate in the South Pennines. The route runs for about 5 miles with a fairly challenging climb on the way.
Start the walk from Marsden train station and then pick up footpaths heading west along the canal towards the Standedge Tunnels. Here you can pick up a section of the Standedge Trail and follow it south, crossing the route of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal as you go. From the high points there are some splendid views across the Pennines and down to Redbrook Reservoir below.
You continue round to the east and north along the trail before coming to Netherley where you can visit Butterley Reservoir. The route then picks up the Kirklees Way and follows the waymarked trail back to the train station.

Pule Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pule Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in Marsden head to the Riverhead Brewery Tap for some refreshments after your walk. It does good food and is an excellent place for real ale connsiseurs. On the ground floor in the bar, there are 10 real ale hand pumps several of which are permanently dedicated to the popular Riverhead beers brewed on-site. The famous Riverhead micro-brewery is housed downstairs in the cellar. Here they brew a wide range of beers all with a local connection. Hot and cold food is served regularly with all dishes freshly prepared on site. You can find the pub in the picturesque village, next to the River Colne, on Peel Street with a postcode of HD7 6BR for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west and you can enjoy a walk around Castleshaw Reservoir or north to visit the lovely Scammonden Reservoir.
Just to the south there's the walk to Redbrook Reservoir and Black Moss Reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the South Pennines Walks page.


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Pule Hill. Looking north to Pule Hill (437m) from Mount Road, near Marsden, West Yorkshire.

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Pule Hill with Standedge Trail at the foot, taken from Blacker Edge on A640

Railway and canal from Pule Hill - - 1472036

Railway and canal from the hill. The railway and canal enter their tunnels below the A62 and the hill

View from the summit of Pule Hill, Marsden - - 847385

View from the summit of Pule Hill, Marsden. No triangulation pillar to mark this summit. The nominal subject is the small blue pond just to the right of centre. This is marked 'well' on my six-inch map, and is next to Mount Road.

Track past the air shafts, Pule Holes, Marsden - - 797669

Track past the air shafts, Pule Holes, Marsden. This is the easiest way up onto Pule Hill; it climbs relatively gently up the edge of the escarpment and then continues to the air shaft at SE036115, but turning southwards along the edge, the summit is soon reached.

Tunnel vent shaft and spoil heap, Pule Edge, Marsden - - 847358

Tunnel vent shaft and spoil heap, Pule Edge, Marsden

Heritage centre at Marsden - - 1471926

Heritage centre at Marsden. View from towpath on Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Looking over Netherley towards Butterley Reservoir - - 1168919

Looking over Netherley towards Butterley Reservoir


GPS Files

GPX File

Pule Hill.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Pule Hill.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)