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Walkshire: Penistone Hill Country Park

Photo by Kate Haslegrave

Distance: Various
Pram friendly: No 

Lots of people come to Haworth and walk up the Main Street, see the Parsonage, enjoy the shops and cafes but never venture the short walk over to Penistone Hill Country Park.

Situated between Haworth and Stanbury it truly is a beautiful area and, in my opinion, you would be hard-pushed to find better views.

This walk in definitely not pram friendly but the footpaths feel safe enough to walk on with a baby carrier which is what we did.

There are some small car parks at the outer edge and a large car park at the top which are ideal if you are going to spend some time exploring.

Alternatively you can park in the big car park behind the Old Hall pub in Haworth and walk to the top of the car park. 

Hop over the stile and take the footpath that takes you to a road and across from there you will find the edge of Penistone Country Park. 

There are a variety of footpaths to take but I usually take a right facing the park and walk across the bottom, heading diagonally across and up to the rocks. 

If you are feeling adventurous it is lovely to climb up to the very top and you can look across to Stanbury and Top Withens from here. 

Head over the top and look in the opposite direction for some lovely views of Oxenhope Village, loop all the way around and you will find yourself back on the road. 

Areas of note 

  • Look out for the stone books put there in 2003 by Irish artist Martin Heron
  • In 2016 a replica of the Parsonage was built on Penistone which was then used in Sally Wainwright’s film To Walk Invisible 
  • There is a trig point which marks the park’s highest point which is 310m above see level.
Photography by Angela Baxter
Looking across to Stanbury.
Photo by Lee Dewhirst