Countryside around Huddersfield
Written by Marthe Ney and Robin Robin
Costume with Textiles BA(Hons) and Marketing Management MSc students
We are just about an hour's drive away from the center of the Peak District National Park, 555 square miles of stunning views, nature and wildlife, all taken care of by the National Park Authority. If you want to get the best out of the Park try one of their 150 organised events, such as mountain bike skills or a bat experience evening. Enjoy a drink in a local pub in a quaint village, visit a stately home, go horse riding through the countryside or simply go for a walk and take in the breathtaking scenery.
The Peak District is relatively easy to get to using public transport, either by train or bus from Huddersfield.
If you want to journey further afield the Nidderdale area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), which covers an area of 233 square miles, and is one of 46 areas of outstanding natural beauty throughout the country. They offer beautiful views, museums and other heritage areas, galleries, and action packed days out.
The Nidderdale AONB also shares a border with the Yorkshire Dale National Park, which contains areas of stunning natural beauty such as caves, peaks, and waterfalls and manmade beauty such as fine limestone scenery and stone-built villages.
If you want even more than just a country walk and some views The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a short half hour drive away and hosts some fascinating
and beautiful outdoor sculpture and indoor exhibits. It is part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle exhibiting hundreds of iconic original artworks across four venues.
One of the closest and most well-known areas of natural beauty in Huddersfield is the historic Castle Hill and Victoria Tower. A well-known monument visible from many places around Huddersfield, the hill and the tower stand 1000ft above sea level and are a popular place for students to picnic and watch the fireworks on bonfire night.
There are also plenty of places for climbing, for example Honley old wood, just 12 minutes from the center of town, and if it’s climbing that you’re interested in, consider joining the Huddersfield University Mountaineering Society.
While taking off into the beautiful countryside, consider dropping into a local café, restaurant, or pub like the Beaumont Arms for a bite to eat. Some, like the Beaumont allow you to bring in you furry friends, perfect for when the family comes to visit with the dog who you've been missing so much.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the biggest in the country at 680 square miles. The Yorkshire Dales is arguably most famous for “The Three Peaks” walk which you can undertake. The walk is approximately 23 miles in length and involves three mountains – Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. It is not for the feint-hearted though and most experienced walkers are happy if they complete the walk in under 12 hours.
There are of course many other beautiful locations throughout the national park and a lot of these are easily accessible to students by public transport so get out there and give it a go!
For something a little closer to home, Marsden Moor offers a dramatic landscape that is easily accessible by public transport on either bus or train from Huddersfield town centre. There are a number of walks you can go on to explore the area and even a wildlife audio trail which you can download and listen to while you walk over the moors and take in the tranquil surroundings.
Once you have had enough walking, head back into Marsden village centre where you can find plenty of independent shops and pubs to cap off your relaxing day.
Farnley Tyas is a small village 4 miles south of Huddersfield town centre and is a great local spot to go for a walk to relax and unwind. If you’re unsure how to get there it’s near the famous Huddersfield landmark, Castle Hill which overlooks the town and is in walking distance from the Queensgate campus. It is also a short walk up the hill from the Storthes Hall accommodation at the University so students living out there have no excuse not to give it a go – a great way to cure a Sunday morning hangover!
Farnley Tyas has a number of listed buildings and is surrounded by green belt, so you’re guaranteed lots of unspoiled countryside.
If you’re after something a little different then Hardcastle Crags in Hebden Bridge is a great place to explore. Enjoy a walk through unspoiled woodland and with over 15 miles of footpaths, you don’t have to go off the beaten track or get any special footwear to enjoy the countryside. There are also the famous stepping stones which lead across the river as well as tumbling streams and cascading waterfalls.
A must visit is Gibson Mill which is at the heart of most of the walks where you can discover 200 years of social and industrial history, offering a unique insight into the past of this area.