Marsden is a mill town near the head of the Colne Valley on the northern edge of the Peak Districy National Park. It has long been an important staging point on the east-west route from Yorkshire across the Pennines to Lancashire - the Huddersfield Narrow Canal emerges here from its long tunnel under Standedge, and the Manchester to Leeds railway does the same, while above the town the A62 winds over the moors to Oldham.

The town comprises mainly of rows of gritstone cottages clinging to the sides of the Colne valley around several large mills, some of which are still active. There is an extravagantly large church, built on a grand scale in the heyday of the town's prosperity, and a small but attractive shopping centre grouped around the Victorian Town Hall. The town also acts as a staging post on the Pennine Way and offers a range of bed-and-breakfast accommodation.

There are attractive walks around Marsden and up the Wessenden Valley. Chief of these is the Colne Valley Circular Walk, which describes a long loop around the head of the Colne Valley.

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Marsden - view of Butterly reservoir
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