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Marsden & Slaithwaite

Situated in the Pennines to the west of Huddersfield, the Colne Valley is surrounded by National Trust moorland and close to the Peak District National Park, yet conveniently placed for access to the M62 corridor and the cities of West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. The two main settlements are Slaithwaite and Marsden; both mill towns steeped in history. Today the towns are popular locations for television and film productions.

The Transpennine main rail-line passes along the valley through both settlements, connecting both the East and West Coast mainlines. There are international Airports at Manchester and Leeds/Bradford. Additionally, the Huddersfield Narrow Canal passes along the valley, disappearing into the Stand Edge Tunnel, at the valley head, as it goes through the Pennines to the North West.


Marsden is a large village 7 miles west of Huddersfield and located at the confluence of the River Colne and the Wessenden Brook. Marsden Moor Estate, which surrounds Marsden to the west and south, is in the care of the National Trust. The estate, and several reservoirs also to be found on the moors, forms an area of beautiful scenery ideal for walking and cycling.

Find out more about  Marsden.


Slaithwaite is in the Colne Valley laying across the River Colne and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, approximately 5 miles southwest of Huddersfield.

In the early 1800s a local spring was discovered to contain sulphurous properties and minerals, similar to those found in Harrogate. Sometime after 1820 a bathing facility was built, along with gardens and pleasure ground, with some visitor cottages.

Find out more about Slaithwaite.

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Marsden & Slaithwaite Strategy

Marsden & Slaithwaite Strategy

On this page you can find documents which relate to the town team, the town’s delivery plan and other documents.

Marsden & Slaithwaite Town Team minutes

Marsden & Slaithwaite Town Team minutes

Find out more about the Marsden & Slaithwaite town team here.