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Marsden Walkers are Welcome scheme aims to strengthen the towns reputation
as a place for visitors to enjoy the countryside, nearby attractions and to have a
positive effect on the local economy. 

With support from the Local Area Committee, Kirklees Public Rights of Way Unit
and the local community and businesses the scheme is dedicated to improving,
preserving and maintaining its 114 public rights of way. 


For the Stanza Stones please scroll down...


Latest News...

Walks in and around Marsden this month...

For a selection of guided walks and self guided routes in the Marsden area. More...


Marsden Christmas Fair and Lights switch on and Carol concert in the park

Join us on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of December for the turning on of the village lights and a weekend of events to celebrate. See our Activities and Events page for more info...

Tunnel End Nature Trail and Accessible Route

This exciting project is now almost complete and events and activities are already taking place and planned for the lead up to the launch in October. Visit our Access For All page for more info...


The South Pennine Walk And Ride Festival 2013

The best walk, cycle and riding festival returns this year with 2 weeks of events and activities to explore and enjoy the vast and varied countryside, towns and villages of the South Pennines Region. Visit their website for full details...

We will be hosting several special walking events and activities as well as celebrating the launch of our new accessible nature trail. More info to follow...


The Stanza Stones in Marsden

The Stanza Stones Poetry Trail from Marsden to Ilkley is now Open. The carving is finished, the last stones are in place and now you can visit the Stanza Stones for yourself! More...

A thumb image of the artist carving one of the stanza stones at pule quarry in marsden

A series of seven poems have been carved into stones on the moors along the Pennine Watershed in Yorkshire. The verses have been written by Marsden poet Simon Armitage, and each looks at a different type of water from snow to streams.

The first of the Stanza Stones has been completed on Pule Hill near Marsden, the stones  stretch from Marsden to Ilkley Moor. The exact location of the sites and the poems themselves are being kept secret to give walkers more of an incentive to seek them out.

The Stanza Stones project is a collaboration between Mr Armitage, the Ilkley Literary Festival, Pennine Prospects, Tom Lonsdale of Placecraft and imove, Yorkshire's cultural project for the London 2012 Olympics. The poems have been carved by stonemason Pip Hall and her apprentice, Wayne Hart, with some of the work taking place on location. The verses on Pule Hill were done on location and took a month to complete, with each of the 360 characters taking between seven and 10 minutes to carve.

More details on the Stanza Stones can be found at the following websites

The Ilkley Literature festival

imove website and opening event information

The sculpture Pip Hall working at the Pule Hill quarry stanza stone under a white gazebo to protect the work from the elements in this windswept environment. Surrounded by her tools and the remnents of industrial ages past


Request for submissions for our Image Gallery

If you have any photographs of walks in or around Marsden or think your pics of the area should be in our image gallery then why not get in touch at marsden.walkersarewelcome@yahoo.co.uk Use 'image gallery request' as your email subject and please don't send images without contacting us first!


The Launch of The South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival 2011

On Saturday the 10th October 2011 Marsden Walkers Are Welcome was extremely honoured to be chosen to host the launch event for the 2011 South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival.

As the theme for this years festival was food and drink visitors were treated to home made and locally sourced cake, soups, fruit and vegetables and tea and coffees.

The event was held in the Marsden Mechanics Institute and was officially opened by The Deputy Mayor of Kirkless Cllr Christine Iredale and joined by her husband Mr Robert Iredale, whose initial involvement helped to develop Marsden as a Walkers are Welcome town. Tom Lonsdale (Right), Chair of Marsden Walkers are Welcome and Mark Turner (Left) Director of Pennine Prospects.

Visually inspiring and informative presentations by Tom Lonsdale (Marsden Walkers Are Welcome and MASTT) and Andy Leader (Kirklees Rights Of Way Unit)

A selection of displays by local organisations and businesses.

Preparing to set off on a walk across the moors tracing ancient Roman routes.

In the afternoon Peter Findlay enchanted and mesmerised over 60 children and their families with his unique and entertaining story telling walk.


Once again a big thank you to everyone who attended the event and many many thanks to all the people who worked so very hard to make it happen.



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