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Penistone Line: Shepley Hills and Higglers

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Penistone Line: Shepley Hills and Higglers is a 9.3 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 9.3 km Elevation Gain: 359 m Route Type: Point to Point


nature trips


partially paved



This is a linear walk from Shepley rail station to Stocksmoor rail station in West Yorkshire, enjoying the beautiful rolling countryside. You will discover the textile industrial heritage of Shepley, where tailors known as Higglers once thrived. Leaving Shepley, the walk takes you through beautiful steep hillside valleys and along ancient tracks, following part of the Trans Pennine Trail to reach nearby Stocksmoor rail station. The return leg can be completed by a simple 2-minute train journey. The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout, including a few steep sections. The paths are a mixture of roadside pavements, woodland paths, field-side paths and ancient tracks. Some of the surfaces can be very slippery when wet, so boots with a good grip are recommended. There are a couple of short sections along country lanes so take care of traffic here. The first two miles (which can be completed as a stand-alone circular walk) includes several stone squeeze gaps (these are quite narrow so could pose a problem for broader people and dogs), kissing gates, two fence stiles and two stone stiles (all these stiles should be easy for most dogs to pass over or alongside). The remainder of the linear route includes further squeeze gaps, kissing gates plus two fence stiles and one stone stile (larger dogs may need a hand over these two fence stiles). Most of the paths are enclosed away from livestock, however you will cross one horse paddock in the first part then, in the second part, another horse paddock, one sheep field and one pasture which sometimes holds cattle. Allow 3 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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