Great sky over Castle Hill by Sandie Nicholson

Magdale Walk

Distance: Honley Civic Society advise that this walk is typically 2 miles and take about two to two and a half hours     

Difficulty Rating: Easy

This short circular walk from Honley takes in the delights of nature with the tranquil beauty of Magdale fields and woodland filled with bird song. See if you can spot a frog on the lily pads of Magdale Dam, or the Honley heron patiently perched doing a spot of fishing! Enjoy watching the force of nature as the River Holme flows over Honley’s very own little waterfall.


  • There is free parking on the roads around the library either on West Avenue or Thirstin Road, or the small car parking area on Cuckoo Lane.
  • From Honley Library by the roundabout at Moorbottom walk along Thirstin Road.
  • On the right is a signed footpath, turn sharp right up Berry Croft and, after a short distance, take the steps on the left. Keep right at the top and continue walking.
  • At the end of Greenway turn left, cross the road and turn right on to Green Cliff.
  • Walk down the path next to the cemetery (there’s a sign welcoming you to Magdale Fields), and Stones Wood is will be on your left.
  • Continue down along the walled footpath. Near the bottom before the path bends turn left at the opening in the wall and down the two steps.
  • Walk down towards the end of the trees, and enjoy a few minutes soaking up the sights and sounds of the River Holme, then turn right and walk towards the white bridge on Magfields.
  • Cross the little white bridge. Immediately to your right is a Holme Valley Riverside Way information board and the waterfall (sometimes gentle, sometimes a raging torrent, depending on our great British weather!) is there too.
Seat with a view over Holme Valley Castle Hill walk by Sandie Nicholson
  • It’s worth a little detour up a slight incline to the left of the information board where you’ll see Magdale Dam with resident ducks enjoying a swim around the lily pads. If you’re lucky, you may glimpse the flash of vibrant wings as a kingfisher swoops from the majestic willow tree that overhangs the Dam; or maybe the Honley heron will be perched on the bank fishing there.
  • Return to the main path and information board, carry straight on (you’ll see a row of beautiful traditional cottages to your left). Turn right when you reach the road (Steps Industrial Park is on the corner).
  • Walk over the bridge and have a look at the striking mural ‘Welcome to the Holme Valley Riverside Way’, then retrace your steps back to the waterfall, and across the white bridge.
  • Carry on straight ahead along the main path (If it’s summertime you’ll see plenty of butterflies in the wild flower beds and meadow as you continue along the path.)
  • When you reach the main gateway at the end, turn right just after the gatepost and up the steep cobbled footpath known as Spider Alley.
  • Once you’ve reached the top of Spider Alley, you’ll arrive in St Mary’s Mews. Continue along the bottom of the Mews, take the path behind St Mary’s Church and follow it round to the right, which will bring you out on Church Street in the centre of the village.

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.

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