Great sky over Castle Hill by Sandie Nicholson

Castle Hill Walk

Distance: Honley Civic Society advise that this walk is 4-5 miles and take about two to two and a half hours

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Photos: Castle Hill; view from seat Upper Park Nature Reserve across Holme Valley by Sandie Nicholson

This walk brings you close to nature as you wander through Upper Park Wood Nature Reserve filled with birdsong to reach our famous historical landmark of Victoria Tower, which dominates the skyline on Castle Hill above Honley.


  • If you are travelling by car to the start of this walk, there are usually free parking spaces in the parking bay before the white bridge on Magdale, adjacent to the Queens Square Business Park.
  • Take the path at Hanging Stone Road next to the Texaco/Alpine garage signposted Upper Park Wood Local Nature Reserve and then up the steps before the tunnel, walking on until you reach the main road (Northgate Road).
  • Turn left up Northgate Road and take the first public footpath on the left. Continue up the hill.
  • Why not take the opportunity to sit on the seat at the top to enjoy spectacular views across the Holme Valley and the Peak District beyond?
Seat with a view over Holme Valley Castle Hill walk by Sandie Nicholson
  • Take the gate just to the right of the seat marked ‘Castle Hill Geology Trail’. To the right of the footpath you’ll see a pond.  Carry on along the footpath between the trees. The footpath climbs as you cross a couple of fields and stiles until you see Hey Lane Cemetery on your left.
  • When you reach the main road at Hey Lane turn left. Continue walking, passing Stirley Community Farm on the left.
  • Cross the road and take the path to Castle Hill with its famous landmark, Victoria Tower, and take in the long distance views over Huddersfield and across to the Peak District.
  • Return by the same route back to Honley village centre.

Thanks to Honley Civic Society for sharing this walk (photography and full copy by Sandie Nicholson), details which can also be found on their main website here.

Fancy a different walk? Click here. How about finishing off your walk with a drink or something to eat? Click here for suggestions. Alternatively after all this exercise why not relax or pamper yourself?