Last Week’s Shoot – Castle Hill, Huddersfield

I’ve been meaning to have a trip to Castle Hill for a while so on a rare (so far at least) sunny spring day last week I took the train over to Berry Brow station (a couple of stops down the Penistone Line from Huddersfield) and took the steep slog up the hill – it’s easy enough to find with the Victoria Tower visible on the horizon from the railway line.  If you don’t fancy the climb, there are buses from Huddersfield that take you a bit closer – and there’s a car park right next to the tower at the top for the lazy ones.

View over the Holme Valley near Huddersfield
View across the Holme Valley toward Saddleworth Moor from Castle Hill, near Huddersfield

It’s worth the walk up though – the views are spectacular!  As it’s the Easter holidays the tower was open daily and you can climb to the top for a higher viewpoint if you wish (adults £1.95) but it’s just as good a view if you walk all the way around the perimeter of the hilltop (originally an iron age fort and home to a medieval settlement – the tower was added to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee and opened in 1899).

Emley Moor Transmitter from Castle Hill Huddersfield
Emley Moor TV Transmitter from Castle Hill near Huddersfield

Even the view toward the Emley Moor TV mast looked great – and it was nice to see where my TV signal comes from!

Victoria Tower on Castle Hill near Huddersfield
The Victoria Tower on the Hilltop at Castle Hilll near Huddersfield

The view of the tower itself was nice too, but the plain blue sky was a bit, well, plain!  The odd fluffy white cloud scudded past to add a bit of interest though…

Victoria Tower on Castle Hill near Huddersfield
The Victoria Tower on the Hilltop at Castle Hill near Huddersfield

Having introduced myself to the subject I now can’t wait to get back – a more interesting sky and a sunset shoot should be in order sometime!

You can find more images in my West Yorkshire Gallery.  All images are available to license and download or can be purchased as fine art prints.


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Mark Sunderland is a retired landscape and travel photographer still taking the occasional photograph! For image licensing and prints see

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