Kirkburton, Denby Dale and the Dearne Valley
Heritage trails; on foot, bike or train
Monster pies, spectacular views and rolling hills set the scene for your visit here.
A little flatter than the normal Yorkshire landscape, the countryside around the villages of Denby Dale, Kirkburton, Shelly, Shepley and Emley is ideal for exploring by bicycle or on foot; more than 14 circular and linear themed trails are available as part of the Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome series.
Take a break from exploring and enjoy a relaxing trip on the Kirklees Light Railway in Clayton West which offers stunning views of the Dearne Valley, Emley Moor TV mast and Blacker Wood. It has the longest tunnel of a narrow gauge railway in Britain and hosts a range of events for all the family.
Cyclists, horseriders and walkers will enjoy the new route linking Kirkburton to the coast to coast Trans Pennine Trail at Penistone.
Only in Yorkshire
The pretty town of Denby Dale was named ‘Pie Village’ after the huge pies made to celebrate special events. The tradition began with the baking of a pie to celebrate the recovery of George III from illness. Latterly, a 12-tonne pie was created to celebrate the Millennium. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot the striking stone-built viaduct which spans the Dearne Valley.
Explore, see, eat
A range of unusual gifts and plants are available at Armitages Pennine Garden Centre in Shelley which has stunning views across the valley; and the outlet Springfield Mills has a range of independent shops selling anything from clothing to jewellery and toys to rugs. Hidden within 40 acres of secluded parkland, Bagden Hall’s 9-hole golf course is a real gem.
Refuel and step in the shoes of many a celebrity to visit the 3Acres at Shelley. Alternatively, fill your picnic hamper to the brim with delicious local produce - pick your own summer fruits at Bentley Grange and drench with lavish quantities of thick double cream from Delph House Farm (famous for award winning Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream); or spread the holy grail of Yorkshire Cheeses ‘Barncliffe Brie’ onto freshly baked bread from Thorncliffe Farm Shop.