Netherton, on the outskirts of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, is more of a village than a town. It’s more of a rural community than a suburb, though it’s less than 4 miles from the centre of Huddersfield. It sits in the Holne Valley along with the neighbouring villages of Armitage Bridge and Honley, and has its own local facilities including shops, schools, a post office, GP surgery and a very popular farm shop. The great thing about Netherton is that it’s as easy to get into the centre of Huddersfield for all that the city has to offer, as it is to escape to the country and head up into the Peak District National Park.
The bigger picture
Huddersfield is one of West Yorkshire’s busy manufacturing towns. It shares its industrial heritage with Halifax, Bradford, Leeds, Dewsbury, Wakefield and Barnsley, and they all make the most of a hard-working motorway network. The M62 serves the area from east to west, connecting Leeds with Manchester and Liverpool, passing Huddersfield on its way. The M1 is the north-south route connecting Leeds with Sheffield and beyond. Netherton is well enough off the beaten track to enjoy peaceful surroundings but near enough to take advantage of these excellent transport links.
The National Park
For a change of scenery, Netherton is in just the right place for an easy day trip up into the Peak District. There are some famous landmarks in this National Park, such as Kinder Scout – its highest point, Dovedale, Marsden Moor, The Trinnacle for a spot of rock-climbing and the iconic Pennine Way footpath. Add some of the Peak District’s most beautiful villages and a day out will be complete.
This is a key town on several counts, the university being one of them, as it’s the largest employer. There are several manufacturing companies based here too, adding to the importance of this area to the economy of West Yorkshire. Retail, leisure and entertainment are all well catered for, and with many of these located within the town’s ring road, they are all within easy reach of each other. Green spaces for the public to enjoy are also among Huddersfield’s many Victorian landmarks. Beaumont Park to the south and Greenhead Park to the west are the largest.