Denby Dale - Ingbirchworth - Thurlstone - Penistone

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A wonderful 10km linear walk from Denby Dale to Penistone, starting and finishing at the railway stations and returning to the starting point via the railway. There are beautiful Pennine views and villages along the way.

Leave Denby Dale by passing under the railway viaduct, then walk up a steep, cobbled path to Upper Denby. At the top is a seat with good views. Pass through the village and then down and uphill through farmland to Ingbirchworth. The route then goes to Royd Moor Reservoir using a good stone bridleway. From the reservoir there is a fairly long uphill climb through fields to the Millennium Viewpoint. After the viewpoint it's a long downhill on High Bank track to Thurlstone. The journey finishes with a gentle walk over fields into Penistone. There are two fairly long hills. Both are well worth the effort, so take your time (it's not a race!)

Denby Dale is a small Pennine town and the home of the world's biggest meat pie. Unfortunately, it's only cooked on very special occasions. There are many stone cottages, good pubs and some small shops. Upper Denby has an old church, but little else, only exceptional Pennine landscapes.

Ingbirchworth is a small farming village which straddles the A629; the route takes you through the old hamlet.

Thurlstone is an old woollen industry village at the southern end of the old West Yorkshire woollen district and has many old weavers' cottages and mill buildings. Manchester Road is the old pack-horse route from Cheshire to Yorkshire.

Penistone is an old market town set in a largely agricultural area, with small supermarkets, pubs, café and toilets. There are many fine stone buildings, including the old grammar school, church and Wool Hall. Market Street is the old drovers' trail from Derbyshire.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Pennines


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
7/4/2013 - Ray and Jane Biddiss

Waypoint 2, line 8 Take bridleway TO left OF FARM CAMPSITE, WHICH BECOMES A STONED PATH to Royd Moor reservoir. Correction to waypoint 3. At line 3 it says: "Take ladder style.." THIS IS NOW A WOODEN SWING GATE.

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