Marsden in the heart of the Colne Valley is rich in industrial heritage. Here is where Luddites met in inns and the market place. Marsden is a fascinating place for those interested in the history of the industrial revolution and is a popular walker base for pushing out on to the Marsden Moor Estate. The stunning moorland of Marsden Moor rises high above Marsden and is cared for by the National Trust.
The Moor is renowned is a nature lover’s paradise, home to classic moorland birds such as the curlew and the snipe. Marsden makes for an excellent challenging walker base on the surrounding moorland or more pleasant strolls along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath running between Marsden and Slaithwaite, with ample fine real ale inns, restaurants and cafes at both ends!
Park up by Marsden railway station and you’ll see the National Trust’s Marsden Moor Estate office directly adjacent with helpful information and guides available. There are many buildings of interest relating particularly to Marsden’s expansion during the industrial revolution. The main high street – Peel Street is dotted with gift shops, pubs and cafes. For great real ale call in at one of Marsden’s many fine pubs. Plenty of tearooms and restaurants are here too.
The Mikron Theatre Company
The Mikron Theatre Company is an acclaimed small theatre company based in the stunning Marsden Mechanics building in the heart of the town. With a reputation for tackling challenging political themes and social issues, past plays have covered a diverse range of subjects from canal and industrial heritage to women’s suffrage and the Clarion Cycling Club. This touring theatre company has a long history, originating from a small group who toured on the Tyseley Narrowboat. The company still sometimes tours nationally by narrow-boat and performs at various atmospheric venues including Richmond’s Georgian Theatre and Nottingham’s Victoria Inn.
Marsden Moor Estate National Trust
Covering nearly 5685 acres, the stunning moorland of Marsden Moor is a designated SSSI incorporating the northern area of the Peak District. The Pennine Way National Trail winds up through the area and Marsden makes for an ideal accommodation base for accessing both the Pennine Way and Moorland trails.
Marsden Moor’s landscapes include valleys, peaks, crags and reservoirs. It’s a popular spot with bird watchers who can expect to see moorland birds such as red grouse, curlew and golden plover.