Denby Dale Countryside Project


Many of you know that Andy Wickham has now left his post with Denby Dale Parish Council to pursue his new role at Kirklees Council as the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Rural Kirklees. We at the council will miss Andy and would like to extend our thanks for all his hard work which raised the profile of volunteer working in this Ward. We will still be liaising with him, however, through our newly appointed Countryside Officer, David Wilde. David has extensive experience of working with volunteer groups, schools and most recently with the RSPB.

The Denby Dale Parish Countryside Project is a partnership between Denby Dale Parish Council and Kirklees Metropolitan Council.

The project aims to involve the local community in the sustainable planning, development, promotion and management of countryside recreation within the Denby Dale Parish.  It is particularly concerned with improving countryside access, developing urban greenspace and wildlife conservation, promoting environmental education and awareness of environmental needs within the parish.  Through developing this partnership with the broader community, the Project aims to establish a more vibrant environment within the Denby Dale Parish which will contribute to the long term sustainability of the countryside and a broader understanding of the needs of local residents today and in the future.  The countryside project is able to help local people develop their interest in the environment be it from a piece of neglected land on their doorstep to the management of woodlands, meadows or wetland features.  If you feel the same way about the Denby Dale Parish and its environment, you could play a part in developing the natural beauty of the parish.

To become involved contact the Countryside Project at the Council offices.

Denby Dale Countryside Project, Council Offices, 24 Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield HD8 9DA     Tel:  01484 861239 or contact Dave on Mobile: 07939 446581 Email:

Other projects and information

Denby Dale Parish Environment Trust

The Trust was formed in 1997 as an independent registered charity.  It aims to support and facilitate community environmental activity which works to conserve, enhance and sustain the natural and human environment of the Denby Dale Parish.

Kaye’s Millennium Green

Kaye’s Millennium Green came about as a consequence of the benevolence of a local family combined with the support of many local organisations.  Click here for more information, or view the Kayes Millenium Green website.


Upper Dearne Woodlands Conservation Group

The Group was formed in 1997 as the result of an initiative between the Denby Dale Countryside Project and the owners of the woodlands, Hepworth Building Products.  For more information click here.

Walking in and around Denby Dale

The Denby Dale district, a large area including 12 villages and with a population of some 18,000, is an area of beautiful countryside with an excellent network of footpaths which have been less well-known than they deserve.

You can download from the web-site details of 14 splendid walks of varying length covering most of our area.*

The Transpennine Trail goes through the parish – more details available here

For information on guided walks see .

The long-distance (30 mile) footpath The Dearne Way starts near Birdsedge and crosses part of our area. For information see:

*In April, 2009 the Parish Council, at the request of local residents, formally agreed to support the independent “Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group”, who aimed to encourage both local people and visitors from further afield  to explore our area on foot.

This group (with the help of modest matched funding from the Parish Council) won a substantial grant from the East Peak Innovation Partnership (see to produce 14 trails covering the whole of our area, each with an accompanying leaflet also available electronically from their new web-site. As well as route directions, the leaflets include information on local history and heritage and on public transport and local facilities.

The trails are properly way-marked, with improved stiles, gates and seats and are maintained by volunteers on an “Adopt-a-Path” scheme overseen by our Countryside Officer.

There is some fantastic countryside around Denby Dale and the surrounding villages.  Click on the links below to download walk trail leaflets.

Clayton West Circular

Clayton West Village

Denby and Cumberworth

Denby Dale Round walk

Denby Dale to Shepley

Denby Dale Village Trail

Emley Boundary Walk

Emley Village Trail

Oxley Trail

Pen Den

Short walks from High Flatts

Skelmanthorpe Circular

Skelmanthorpe village trail

Cycling in the parish

There are many cycle paths around the parish.  For further details about cycling and where to cycle in Kirklees, please follow these links