The Olive Branch
Established 19 years ago the Olive Branch is a family run business situated in the beautiful
Colne Valley, only 400 metres from the recently restored Undersized narrow canal.
This traditional 19th Century roadside Inn hides an informal restaurant with AA Rosette award,
and contemporary bedrooms with a 4 star AA rating.
For the past 14 years, the Olive Branch has been highly recommended by Which The
Good Food Guide and The Good Hotel Guide as well as highly prestigious Michelin guides.
In a warren of comfy, intimate, snug rooms, you can relax by the open fire with a warming
glass of fine wine, or sip champagne on the deck over the sunny garden and admire
far-reaching views of Marsden Moor Estate.
We use the finest seafood, game and meats, all locally source where possible
(all the beef comes from Hartshead Meats at Mossley), and some herbs from the
garden, the chefs create both classic and modern dishes, reflecting the seasons and their moods.
Marsden Imbolc fire Festival
The Imbolc is an annual celebration marking the time when the Earth begins to wake-up
after its winter sleep. Held in Marsden, Imbolc literally meaning 'Ewe' Milk' is a 2000 year
old Celtic Festival, and a marks the first signs of spring. Featuring a firelit procession along
Reddisher Road, with a fire 'circus' accompanied by music and often a short drama.
The celebration closes with a fantastic firework finale.
The Colne Valley
Lying to the west of Huddersfield, the Colne Valley has much to explore, including a
number of stone built villages and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal which flows through
the valley bottom.Sitting at the head of the valley Marsden is a very popular location for
visitors where you can wander alongside the water's edge and retrace ancient packhorse trails.
But, don't be fooled, this is a thoroughly modern village, where contemporary arts and crafts site perfectly alongside country ales and village stores.Slaithwaite is dominated by magnificent mill
buildings, as well as a Georgian Church and the nearby 16th Century Slaithwaite Hall, you'll
recognise it as the fictional Skelthwaite in the TV series Where the Heart Is.
Events in the Colne Valley feature folklore festivals, jazz, brass bands and much more, and the
area is surrounded by the dramatic Peak District Park and the National Trust Marsden Moor Estate making it an excellent base for walkers, cyclists and riders alike.
This scheduled ancient monument lies on the edge of the moorland, at the confluence of two
streams. Dating back to the 17th century, Eastergate Bridge is an old packhorse bridge once
used by Galloway ponies to transport baskets of wool from Huddersfield to Rochdale
An impressive rocky outcrop offering incredible 360 degree views over much of the estate.
A fantastic place to visit when the sun is beating down on it, but equally as spectacular on
a day when there is snow on the ground.
A wild and remote valley looking down across Blakeley and Butterley reservoirs. There are
often fantastic sunsets here. It is also a great place to spot moorland birds such as golden
plover, grouse, curlew and twite, which all breed here in good numbers.
Standedge Tunnel is the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain! Situated midway
along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the tunnel takes the canal under the high Pennine spine
of Northern England between Marsden in the Colne Valley and Diggle in Saddleworth
Marsden Jazz Festival
The street festival, which takes place by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, It acts as a showcase
for all styles of jazz and up-and-coming talent, as well as playing host to some of the
UK's finest jazz musicians.