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Slow Ways linking Slaithwaite and Huddersfield, Marsden, Meltham, Ripponden

England / West Yorkshire / Slaithwaite

Slaithwaite’s four Slow Ways are 44% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 2/4
verified: 1/4
and surveyed: 0/4

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Walk to Slaithwaite from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Marsla one

Survey me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 100m Descent 41m
Marsla two Review me Distance 4km/3mi Ascent 14m Descent 74m
Ripsla one Pioneer me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 423m Descent 420m
Slahud one

Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 126m Descent 81m
Slamel one Pioneer me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 123m Descent 172m

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Collective progress

45% of Slaithwaite’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified









8 people have contributed to Slaithwaite’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

0 people have surveyed a route in Slaithwaite

16km out of 31km have been walked and reviewed

50km of reviews have been shared in Slaithwaite

Latest Updates

This should be a simple canal walk but the route as plotted leaves the canal at about the half way mark. MarSla 2 has been added which sticks to the tow path for the whole route....


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Follows the canal towpath for the whole distance but was very wet and muddy when reviewed (Feb 2024). The Riverhead Brewery Tap in Marsden is highly recommended....


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RGW added Marsla two, a new walk from Marsden to Slaithwaite

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Flagging this for an access issue as when walked in February 2024, the section of towpath between Birdhouse Lane and Manchester Road was technically closed....


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A great walk following the canal with some nice views and places to stop at Marsden to have lunch....

Callum Russell

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This was a very nice walk, with scenic views and a good hard-standing towpath that is wide enough for trikes and wheelchairs to ride along....

Jamie Murrant

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Gentle walk along the canal, weather wasn't kind but still good to enjoy the walk. it's great that the two villages are linked by train so can start at either end. there are good place for food at both ends too....

Antonio Amaral

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This route is suitable for disabled people if they are using an off-road wheelchair such as a mountain trike. The path is tricky to navigate and steep in places. However it's a pretty walk and provides some great views....

Lucy Keyworth

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This is almost the best route from Marsden to Slaithwaite but would benefit from sticking to the towpath all the way - it currently deviates from the towpath just after West Slaithwaite Road (when heading towards Slaithwaite) which adds ascent/descent/time so is not the most direct route. Anyone following this route should just stay on the towpath alongside the canal for the whole route....

JP Spencer

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Can leave the towpath to the right at lock 4E before going under the bridge; turn left to head towards town. Can also walk along the pavement of Manchester Road as a more direct, but less traffic-free, means of completing the last mile....

Mike O

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A gentle walk on the canal towpath, it can be quite wet in places, where puddles collect. The towpath is in desperate need of upgrading at the Marsden side....


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Slow Ways added Marsla one, a new walk from Marsden to Slaithwaite

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Slow Ways added Ripsla one, a new walk from Ripponden to Slaithwaite

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Slow Ways added Slahud one, a new walk from Slaithwaite to Huddersfield

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Slow Ways added Slamel one, a new walk from Slaithwaite to Meltham

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Slaithwaite, Fri 19 July


Sunny day

Slaithwaite’s Slow Ways starting point

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Lat / Lon

53.62240° / -1.88123°

Easting / Northing

407,953E / 413,989N

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Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Slaithwaite's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub


Accommodation for under £50 a night



Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop


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