About the parish

Denby Dale Parish Council serves the semi-rural parish of Denby Dale within the Metropolitan District of Kirklees. Lying between the towns of Barnsley, Huddersfield and Wakefield, it is an attractive semi-rural district which has seen growth as a commuter land in the last three decades.

See community statistics below:


Further statistical information about the Kirklees area can be found by visiting http://www.westyorkshireobservatory.org/

It has twenty councillors in total, serving the wards of:

Denby and Cumberworth Click here for more information (incorporating Denby Dale, Upper and Lower Cumberworth, Upper and Lower Denby, Birdsedge and High Flatts)

Skelmanthorpe Click here for further information (incorporating Scissett, Skelmanthorpe and the hamlet of Kitchenroyd)

(incorporating Emley and Emley Moor)

Clayton West

An urban village with a pleasant Millennium Green. There are a number of interesting buildings on High Street and Bilham Road, notably The Park and Bilham Grange. There are shops and pubs and the village hosts Kirklees Light Railway.

Denby Dale

‘The Pie Village’ is a large settlement with pubs, restaurants and a range of shops including a mill shop. Information about the famous Denby Dale Pies is available at the Pie Hall. A local landmark is the impressive Denby Dale viaduct. The Penistone Line Railway stops here with bus connections at the local transport interchange.


Emley is a rural village featuring a large Millennium Green with a viewpoint beacon. There is a stone cross at the centre of the village, two pubs, a post office, shop and village school. Nearby is Emley Moor Mast at a height of 330.4m (1,084 ft).

High Flatts

A tiny, delightful country settlement, High Flatts is a Conservation Area. It consists of stone houses and farm buildings around the Quaker Meeting House with a small stone-setted square.

Lower Cumberworth

Lower Cumberworth is located next to Upper Cumberworth, and is adjacent to rolling green countryside. There is a pub and a cricket club. Link: www.cumberworthcommunity.co.uk


Scissett is located next to Clayton West. There are shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as a church and a post office. The Scissett Baths Health & Fitness Centre is a popular local amenity.


 This large former mining and mill village is now a busy urban  centre with a supermarket, shops, pubs and restaurants. It  retains a Conservation Area in two parts at the east and  west ends of the centre.


Upper Cumberworth

A rural village with a pub, a church and a shop. Upper Cumberworth is a Conservation Area and the local woodlands are managed by the Upper Dearne Woodlands Conservation Group.Link:www.cumberworthcommunity.co.uk

Upper Denby

Largely stone-built, attractive country settlement of farm groups and terraced houses dating from the mid 18th and 19th centuries, Upper Denby is a Conservation Area. There is a prominent church, a school at the edge of the village, a pub and a cricket pitch.


Birdsedge is a pleasant rural village located next to the hamlet of High Flatts. There is a school, a village hall, a Wesleyan Reform Church, a Friends Meeting House and a farm shop.