Location and Attractions

Despite its secluded setting, Tyas Cottage is very close to numerous attractions, as well, of course to the moors and Pennine Way. The cottage is well suited for hiking and bird watching as there are many local walks on open moors or in sheltered valleys.

The TV series, “Gentleman Jack”, has hugely increased interest in our nearby Shibden Hall.  Don’t miss the link  on the website by the historian who worked on the coded and sensational diaries and letters of Ann Lister for the past 32 years.

We’ve seen deer in the garden and surrounding woodland with far greater frequency of late.

There is another lovely walk along the canal that runs between Slaithwaite and Marsden. En route you could stop off at the Olive Branch restaurant and perhaps walk off your lunch by going on to Marsden where a quick pint or two at The Riverhead of local craft beer could be enjoyed.  Slightly further, the Tunnel End Loft space accommodates a group of small craft businesses who work and exhibit at the Loft Space and offer creative educational activities to the public.

Links to Attractions

About 32 minutes journey time away there is The National Museum of Film and Photography in Bradford.

The Victoria Market and The Royal Armouries in Leeds are about 36 minutes away.

Still within reasonable travel time are York with its Yorvik Centre and National Railway Museum,

Daniel Liebeskind’s architecturally exciting Imperial War Museum and the Lowry Centre in Salford, the new Urbis Museum and Cathedral Gardens in Manchester,

The above photo of Tunnel End was taken by Saskia Ashton.

East Riddlesden Hall, Harewood HouseSudbury Hall (with its children’s museum), Chatsworth, and Castle Howard are stately homes within sensible travel distance.

Haworth, the home of the Brontes, is well worth a visit that could combine a visit to Hebden Bridge (aka the “Lesbian Capital of Britain”). Sylvia Plath grave is in the Heptonstall churchyard nearby.

The best collection of Tiffany Glass outside the USA is within a reasonable distance in Accrington.

Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo although further afield is 90 minutes car journey time away. Chester Zoo is only 75 minutes away (by car).

For teenagers (or adults), Paul McCartney’s house at 20 Forthlin Road and John Lennon’s home, “Mendips” are surprisingly close (1hr 3 minutes according to multimap!).

The canal between Marsden and Slaithwaite – a nice level walk with the option of returning by public transport.

Nearby Cupwith Reservoir is a perfect destination for a moorland walk (or if you are brave, a wild swim). It cannot be seen from any roads.

Slaithwaite is well served with plenty of restaurants, pubs and tea rooms.  The Longhorn cattle that supply “Rumpus Burger Bar” usually graze on the slopes of Merrydale (Tyas Cottage is near the head of Merrydale Clough).

Our guests are often keen to find out more about the planting in the shared garden.

You can see the location of Tyas Cottage within within the Colne Valley on the above aerial photograph and this is Tyas Cottage on Google Maps.

Slaithwaite railway station is on the Newcastle to Liverpool route and the M62 is also within 10 minutes journey time.

Slaithwaite itself is a charming village and worth getting to know, perhaps via a picturesque walk alongside Merrydale stream. The nearby Huddersfield Narrow canal was reopened in 2000 and is within walking distance of the Pennine Way. Tennis can be played on courts with spectacular views (near Marsden) and there are 11 golf courses within 5 miles.

Titanic Spa, is two and a half miles away.

If you are interested in gardens, the shared garden elicits many compliments and has won awards.  Less than 12 miles away is the amazing, Dove Cottage Nursery.  On a high altitude, north facing slope their demonstration garden is enormously instructive in showing just what can be achieved in our relatively harsh climate. There are useful links to other gardens on the Dove Cottage website. 

Slaithwaite’s Green Valley Grocer Cooperative is well known for the delicious artisan bread that they sell and for local produce.  The bread is made at the Handmade Bakery. After attending one of their bread making courses I can’t recommend them too highly. I now understand why slow fermented artisan bread making is a skill that is best taught by example and would be happy to give interested guests some of my sourdough culture (dating from 1970). You can read about their bread making courses on this link

The bridge and waterfall that adjoin the shared garden.

On the 3rd Sunday every month there is the farmers’ market in Holmfirth as well as numerous other attractions there that can be found on this link.

Guests stayed here in early June to attend the Oldham and Saddleworth Whit Friday Brass Band contests that are held in villages around Saddleworth, such as Delph, Denshaw, Dobcross etc. 

Huddersfield, home of the famed Choral Society and internationally renowned Contemporary Music Festival, is a fine town and has some lovely buildings. The Lawrence Batley theatre is in the very elegant Georgian former Methodist Mission and John Betjeman considered the station to be the finest in the land. Halifax, too, has some wonderful buildings.

Urban attractions include the Colne Valley Museum (in Golcar about 4 miles away, but only open at weekends and bank holidays).

Halifax not only has Eureka Children’s Museum but also the fascinating Bankfield House costume collection with its contemporary crafts exhibitions.

The National Coal Mining Museum is much praised by our guests (and free).

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a must for anyone interested in fine art. In addition to world class exhibitions, you can discover more than 60 sculptures in the open air by renowned artists, including Henry Moore, James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy.

A little further away there is also the Hepworth Gallery (winner of the British Design Awards, 2011). It is about 43 minutes journey time from Tyas Cottage. You can see Hepworth’s work on this link.

In the shared garden, twice daily mother duck leads her eight ducklings from the millpond and across the lawn. In the background it is just one enormous rose (Rosa “Belvedere”) that grows over 3 shrubs and extends almost to the top of the oak tree. The blot on the lawn is a duck with her brood of ducklings.

An important new attraction is the now widely acclaimed Marsden poet, Simon Armitage’s Stanza Stones Walk – see this link.  He is our current poet laureate.

Other links that could be useful when planning your break are:


Guided Pennine Walks


An “Activating the Crystalline Light Body” weekend workshop took place here in the spring, mainly in the shared garden (thanks to the sunny weather).

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