Despite having ambitious plans to buy a house in the area before the end of the year, I hadn’t actually explored much of the local greenery prior to lockdown. Unsurprisingly, the ‘stay home except for outdoor exercise’ narrative changed this.
Upon hearing about the restrictions, Andrew and I quickly found ourselves researching nearby walking routes, eventually finding one that took us from our doorstep to Castle Hill and back, all within the allocated hour. Now the lockdown restrictions have eased even more, we’re exploring further afield and taking on more ambitious walking routes and trails to get our daily exercise.
Although I originally hail from Bradford, I’ve lived in Huddersfield for just over a year and it’s beautiful surroundings (and easy commute to Leeds and Manchester) have ensured that I’m here to stay.
In no particular order, here’s a photo gallery showing a section of my favourite walks within a half-hour drive of Huddersfield – some of which can also be easily reached using public transport.
Walking Routes In Huddersfield
Castle Hill is on my doorstep and has been such a blessing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Although I normally take a 5 km round trip starting on Newsome Road, the official walking trail is 10 km and begins (and ends) at the Golden Cock pub in the centre of Farnley Tyas. Walkers travel through School Wood, Ludhill Lane and Hey Lane Cemetery, before eventually tackling the ascent up Castle Hill to reach Victoria Tower. The route offers glorious panoramic views of the latter, along with Farnley Tyas on the opposite hillside and the 330 m tall Emley Moor television mast.
Armitage Bridge Circular (Incl. Beaumont Park)
This 6.8 km loop trail offering excellent views across Holme Valley, Castle Hill, Emley Moor Tower and the railway viaduct. It’s poorly signposted, but that adds to the adventure as it’s like you’re exploring the woodland for the first time. It can get muddy, so be sure to wear walking shoes or boots. The highlight of this walk is Victorian Beaumont Park, Huddersfield’s oldest public park.
Situated just within the Peak District National Park, Digley Reservoir is a 2.5 km circular route popular with locals and dog walkers. Expect to see open countryside, large areas of water, woodland, fields and the edge of the moor. If you’re lucky, you may even spot animals like lambs and rams during your trip. The ground here can be quite muddy, uneven and sometimes slippy, so it’s best to only venture out in dry weather and to wear walking shoes or boots. Those hoping for a longer walk are in luck, as the area is also the start of a 9 km trek through Digley, Bilberry and beyond (Holmfirth).
This reservoir came as a complete surprise to me as it is full of tall trees that wouldn’t seem out of place in Canada’s Banff National Park. Take the 2 km circular route around the water for a Sunday morning stroll, or opt for the longer 6.3 km trail across the moorland and the stream at Rake Dike to better explore the beauty of the Holme Valley.
As city parks go, Greenhead park is one of the better ones, complete with every feature and facility you could wish for. Walking around the whole park will equate to around 2 km.
Walking Routes Near Huddersfield
Ogden Water Nature Reserve
Otley Chevin Forest Park
Has lockdown inspired you to explore the Pennine countryside and beyond? Let me know in the comments below!