Local Area


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.

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


A view of “Slawit”  with Globe Mills in the background.

Slaithwaite itself is a charming village and worth getting to know, perhaps via a picturesque walk alongside Merrydale stream.

The refurbishment of Globe Mills in Slaithwaite is almost complete

Stately homes

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. 

Shibden Hall also has extensive grounds and a play area.

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


Less than 12 miles away is the amazing, Dove Cottage Nursery.  There are useful links to other gardens on the Dove Cottage website. 

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 li


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.


There is a great 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. 

The above photo of Tunnel End was taken by Saskia Ashton

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

Marsden Walkers Are Welcome South Pennines

Guided Pennine Walks

Pennine Way Guide

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.

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

Eating out

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).

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 canalside Handmade Bakery (great for Sunday morning breakfast). After attending one of their bread making courses I 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