Castle Hill and Victoria Tower, Hillside, Huddersfield, HD4 6TA – Visit Now
Standing over 900 feet above sea level, Castle Hill is a scheduled ancient monument that provides spectacular panoramic views of Huddersfield and the surrounding district.
The history of the site, which is located off Lumb Lane in Almondbury, goes back more than 4000 years. It comprises the remains of a late-Bronze Age or early Iron Age univallate hillfort, a later Iron Age multivallate hillfort, a 12th-century motte and bailey castle, and the site of a deserted medieval village.
Castle Hill’s most iconic landmark is the grade II listed Victoria Tower, which was completed in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. Perched on the crest of Castle Hill, the Tower is constructed of stone from Abbey and Hanson’s quarry in nearby Crossland Hill, and stands 106 feet high. If you fancy climbing 138 steps to the top of the tower, you’ll get access to even more spectacular views of Huddersfield and the surrounding district for a mere 50p.
The site isn’t just loved by History buffs, but also by walkers. There are a series of well-surfaced footpaths around the hilltop, and many more scenic trails across countryside, woods and hill ridges nearby. For seasoned hikers, a popular choice is the Holme Valley Circular Walk, a 20 kilometre loop trail that takes in the Holme Valley, Castle Hill, plus the villages of Farnley Tyas, Thurstonland, Hepworth, Netherthong and Honley.
For those looking for a more leisurely day out, Castle Hill is a great spot for picnics, bird watching and kite flying. In the warmer months, there’s even an ice-cream van, which usually parks on Lumb Lane.
In terms of access, pedestrians will need to follow fairly steep paths and a byway to the summit of Castle Hill. For drivers, there’s a free car park at the top of the hill, with steep steps up to the monument. And if you wish to visit by public transport, you can either use the nearby Berry Brow Train Station, or catch the No. 341 Bus, which stops on Ashes Lane, just below Castle Hill.