Welcome to the website of

Wither Wood in autumn

Denby Dale "Walkers are Welcome" Group

Walkers are welcome logo

Set up by a small band of outdoor enthusiasts in 2009, the Group has now achieved accreditation for the Denby Dale area under the national Walkers are Welcome Scheme.

The WAW 'brand' is part of a national movement which aims to raise the profile of great places to walk in Britain. Local accreditation is designed to attract more walkers to the area and to encourage more local residents to take advantage of the many opportunities for exploring our undulating local countryside with its spectacular long views and interesting skies.

Benefits of WaW status include health improvements (walking is one of the best ways of taking regular exercise), additional trade for local businesses, raised 'profile' for the area as a tourist & business destination and encouragement of greater public transport use (thus possibly avoiding reductions in service).

Therefore, whilst visitors are at liberty to reach the area by any means they wish, we particularly recommend and promote the use of public transport whenever possible.

As part of our preparations for WaW accreditation, a number of walk/trail leaflets (see below) were prepared or revised and reprinted, giving details of enjoyable walks in and around the various villages which make up the very scenic civil parish of Denby Dale. The latest, reprinted, leaflets are now available online.

Denby Dale viaduct with Hinchliffe's mill

View from Upper Denby towards Emley Moor Mast

The walking opportunites around here are excellent, so we hope you'll come and explore the area if you are not local! The leaflets include maps and provide details of local transport, places of interest, local history, etc. There are approximately hourly daytime/evening trains to Denby Dale station from Huddersfield, Barnsley, Penistone and Sheffield. Buses also serve the area from (for example) Huddersfield, Wakefield and Holmfirth, but some bus services (e.g. Denby Dale to Penistone/Barnsley) have recently been withdrawn (very sadly).

We are also as part of the WaW project working to prepare additional self-guided walk leaflets and to improve many of the local public rights of way. To this end we've purchased and installed (with funding received) various new stiles, gates, benches and the like. Waymarking discs for the various walks are in place and are periodically renewed when damaged or removed. This work is more important than ever now Kirklees Council's rights of way funding has been savagely cut. We are involved in path maintenance and have now completed EU-funded bridleway improvements on the Kirkburton - Denby Dale link to the Transpennine Trail - follow this link for full details

High Flatts Quaker Graveyard

Denby Dale occupies much of the rural southern part of Kirklees Metropolitan Borough, in West Yorkshire (UK). Kirklees Metropolitan Council also supports our aims, as do many other organisations (see logos at foot of page).

Although independent of the the local Parish Council, we have its blessing and support in what we are doing for the benefit of Denby Dale area (including a small amount of funding and use of meeting facilities).


Various walk leaflets can be obtained from local outlets but they can also be downloaded free of charge from the links on our Leaflets Page (click here). NB. The titles of the walks are mostly self-explanatory and the latest leaflets (last reprinted Jan 2013) are now online.

Click here for list of local businesses now supporting Walkers are Welcome

Click here for LINKS to other useful websites

Click here for Penistone Line Partnership and link to current PENISTONE LINE RAIL TIMETABLE (serves Denby Dale station)

Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group is delighted to be taking part in another annual "East Peak Outdoors" festival of walking, cycling and the like, celebrating the outstanding natural environment surrounding the East Peak area of Penistone & District, Denby Dale, North Sheffield, etc. WAW and others are providing numerous walks, from 22nd June to 30th June 2019 (incl). Click here for details of latest walking festival

You are cordially invited to join our committee and to take part in our meetings/activities - please contact the webmaster for details or just come along to our AGM at 2pm on 23rd May 2019, at Pilling Lane Methodist Church in Skelmanthorpe.

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Last revised: 20th May 2019

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