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Penistone: the secret gem in Yorkshire’s crown


The Pennine heart of South Yorkshire, Penistone is considered one of the best-kept secrets in the county with its rural way of life and picturesque setting, dating back to 1066.

Although undiscovered by many the area is popular with those visiting an array of areas in Yorkshire. Perfectly placed in a serene countryside location, but with great connections to major towns and cities – where better to base yourself and get the best of both worlds?

With house prices in the area down 1% on the previous year (according to Rightmove), now could be a fantastic opportunity to invest in the area, or indeed decide to call it home for yourself.

Located at the foot of the Pennines, the town is surrounded by magnificent historic landscape and open countryside. Boasting several reservoirs and beautiful woodland, the area offers peaceful retreats and remarkable views to be explored.

With many hidden treasures, there is something for everyone in Penistone. Whether you enjoy walking surrounded by scenic landscapes, exploring historic houses and gardens, or discovering wonderful architecture, you’re bound to fall in love with the area.

If the spectacular scenery and interesting history hasn’t already piqued your interest, here are our top picks of things to see when visiting Penistone...

What to do when visiting Penistone?

Penistone Viaduct

Formally opened in 1850, this Grade II listed curved railway viaduct carries the Huddersfield and Sheffield Junction Railway.

Consisting of 29 arches and crossing the River Don, the viaduct is an iconic part of Penistone and can be seen very well from Wentworth Park.

Standing at an impressive 98 ft. and reaching 13 and a half miles long, this stunning piece of architecture is worth seeing for yourself due to it being synonymous with Penistone.

Wentworth Castle Gardens

A National Trust site filled with centuries worth of history to explore, Wentworth Castle Gardens provides a great day out.

With acres of glorious woodland and parkland to explore, the gardens are South Yorkshire’s only Grade I registered landscape.

There is plenty to see on your way, from the ancient castle to the 18th century Union Jack wilderness garden, the impressive Victorian Conservatory, to the grand country house on the centre of the estate.

Wortley Top Forge

A Scheduled Ancient Monument, Wortley Top Forge is the oldest surviving heavy iron forge in Britain, dating back to 1640.

The Forge is a site of national importance with it being the only surviving water water-powered heavy wrought iron forge with its original water wheels and drop hammers.

Best known for the Wrought Iron Railway Axles, it’s believed that the Forge was still working until around 1910 before the industrial site was abandoned in 1929.

Cannon Hall Farm

Widely recognised as one of the biggest and best farm attractions in the UK, Cannon Hall Farm offers the perfect family day out in the Pennine Hills.

With hundreds of animals, a fun-filled adventure playground, huge indoor play area, farm shop and restaurants – it’s no wonder it’s multi award-winning!

Admire the surrounding scenery, say hello to the animals and watch the working farm carry out their daily activities around you.

Whistlestop Valley

In a scenic spot in the Pennine foothills, Whistlestop Valley is a family railway adventure park at the heart of the Kirklees Light Railway.

Train enthusiasts, no matter what age, will have a fantastic time on the breath-taking train ride through the glorious Yorkshire countryside in a spectacular hand-painted carriage.

With its real narrow-gauge steam engines, outdoor playgrounds, a miniature ride-on railway and much more to discover, there is a whole host of fun to be had here.

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