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Penistone Line: Berry Brow Fort and Farms

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Penistone Line: Berry Brow Fort and Farms is a 5.1 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 5.1 km Elevation Gain: 224 m Route Type: Point to Point


nature trips


partially paved


no shade

historic site

This is a linear walk from Berry Brow rail station to Honley rail station in West Yorkshire, climbing high into the stunning local countryside along the way. The walk leaves Berry Brow village, leading you steeply up into the beautiful hillsides to reach the prominent landmark and scheduled monument of Castle Hill, an Iron Age hillfort that is home to a beautiful Victorian tower and gives amazing panoramic views. For the descent, the walk takes you through more rolling countryside with outstanding views, visiting Stirley Community Farm and Upper Park Wood local nature reserve along the way. The return leg can be completed via a simple 3 minute train journey. The walk comprises a long climb for the first half and the equivalent descent for the second half, with some stretches being quite steep. Some of the surfaces can be muddy (and slippery) after periods of rain and in winter. There is one 250 metre stretch along a lane without pavements that needs care. You will need to negotiate several flights of steps, gates, kissing gates and narrow stone squeeze gaps plus 11 fence stiles and 2 stone stiles. The stiles vary in design but all should be suitable for most dogs to pass over or alongside (our standard poodle found suitable gaps for all of them). There is no livestock on the climb, but for the descent you will pass through a series of five pastures that are roamed freely by cattle (this can be avoided via a stretch of roadside pavement instead if you prefer), you will cross one horse paddock and then cross just the corners of two more pastures that sometimes hold cattle (in each case you will only take about 10 paces within the pastures, so the chances of encountering the cattle is very slim). Allow 2 hours. This walk is one of the Penistone Line Collection, published through a collaboration with The Penistone Line Partnership to help visitors discover the beautiful countryside and attractions accessible by train between Huddersfield and Sheffield.

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