Joining Marsden Walkers Are Welcome steering group

Marsden West Yorkshire

I’ve started to help organise the latest iteration of the Marsden Walkers Are Welcome group. Although in truth we haven’t had chance to plan much yet as we’re all new to it and need time to work out priorities, structures etc.. and it’s that crazy pre-christmas period. The guys who set up the Marsden group (part of the national Walkers … Keep reading >

Swellands hike – checking a Walkers Are Welcome new route

Colne Valley Circular Walk Hike Marsden Moors

On Saturday I did the last of my route / map check walks for the soon to be published Marsden Walkers Are Welcome guides. Despite really strong winds on the exposed parts of the moors the weather was great. No actual rain, for the walk or indeed the whole day, amazing 🙂

The overview of the walk from the WaW site is : “This 6.5 mile walk will take you from the Marsden centre into the scenic Wessenden Valley, containing ancient woodlands and deep upland reservoirs, then onto sections of the Pennine Way and Standedge Trail close to the watershed and above Swellands Reservoir. This walk contains some sustained ascents, descents and rough terrain.”

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Walkers Are Welcome path survey in Marsden

I’ve been helping out on the Walkers Are Welcome initiative, by surveying a little patch of England near to me, to check that all the paths, stiles, gates and access points are as they should be. I didn’t get a sheriffs badge but I did get a nice big map. And a sense of community spirit. The map I was allocated covered … Keep reading >