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Wessenden Head


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Free Parking, On Lead Areas, Pathed Routes, Animals On Route, Water On Route

About this walk

The Wessenden Valley is a moorland valley nestled amidst the Dark Peak, immediately south of the large village of Marsden in the English county of West Yorkshire. The valley was formed by retreating glaciers at the end of the last ice age, and continues to be cut by the Wessenden Brook, a tributary of the River Colne.

The valley is occupied by four reservoirs, namely (from the top) Wessenden Head, Wessenden, Blakeley and Butterley reservoirs, the last being the largest. The Kirklees Way and Pennine Way long-distance footpaths both follow the valley.

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Comments (1)

  • taylorgreen profile

    4 years ago

    Beautiful scenic walk with little waterfall gems here and there but a word of caution...it's long and tough. Unfortunately we didn't do enough research on where to start the walk from and because of that we ended up doing a 7mile plus walk in one direction and then turned back on our selves instead of a circular. We started from the point advised on here and got to within 500m of Black Moss reservoir before we turned back. By this point we had been walking over 2 hours so for a family who don't walk week in week out it was quite tough. There is a circular route as found in the link below here which may help anyone wanting to do this lovely walk Link →
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How to get there


Pennine Way, Holmfirth HD9 4HW, UK

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