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Introduction to Denby Dale
History of Denby Dale
Schools in Denby Dale
Things to do in Denby Dale
Denby Dale's Annual Events

Introduction to Denby Dale

So you're thinking of moving to Denby Dale? We've put together a little article for you to try and persuade you to do so! You may find out a few things about Denby Dale that you never knew even if you've lived here for years.

Denby Dale is a village and civil parish that falls under the Kirklees Borough Council in West Yorkshire. The civil parish covers the villages of Denby Dale, Lower Denby, Upper Denby, Upper Cumberworth, Lower Cumberworth, Skelmanthorpe, Emley, Emley Moor and Clayton West. By car, each city is between 30 and 45 minutes away and you're just a quick 10-minute drive junction 35 of the M1. This makes Denby Dale an ideal place to live if you regularly travel around the country.

The location is great if you have just found yourself now having to work from home, too. The lockdown imposed on us from the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way homeowners and tenants alike appreciate their homes. We now seek to have more outside space, we don't want to spend as long commuting and we want to live in a peaceful area. If you have found yourself, like millions of others, having to work from home - then you will most probably be looking for a house with an additional reception room, study, or spare bedroom to convert into a study or office. Denby Dale and its surrounding areas boast some fabulous houses for sale that tick all these boxes. The houses we sell in Denby Dale are typically Yorkshire terraced houses built in the early 1900s. We've also sold many quaint countryside cottages and large detached family homes in the area.

It's not just the properties here that tick all the boxes, Denby Dale itself and the surrounding villages are highly renowned throughout West Yorkshire as peaceful places to live. 

History of Denby Dale

Denby Dale was formerly known as Denby Dyke. During the Industrial Revolution, however, it was renamed, Denby Dale. The Industrial Revolution transformed Denby Dale from a quiet agricultural town to a developing textile hub. Due to its location on the Penistone train line between Huddersfield and Sheffield, Denby Dale was able to provide raw materials and coal to the surrounding textile industries. Springfield Mill is actually where the Queen Mother's wedding dress was created!

You have heard Denby Dale being referred to as "The Pie Village". Denby Dale is known as the Pie Village because it's known for baking HUGE pies to celebrate special occasions. The first giant pie to be baked in Denby Dale was to celebrate the recovery of George III from illness in 1788. The pie baked to celebrate the Millenium was a massive 12 feet long and weighed in at 12 tonnes!


Denby Dale is IDEALLY located for commuters working in Sheffield, Leeds or Manchester. We've put together some distances for you to get an idea of just how close you are to the major cities...

Distance from Denby Dale to Manchester by Car: 34 Miles / 1 hour 
Distance from Denby Dale to Manchester by Train: 1 hour 11 Minutes (One change)

Distance from Denby Dale to Sheffield by Car: 22 Miles / 40 Minutes
Distance from Denby Dale to Sheffield by Train: 53 Minutes

Distance from Denby Dale to Leeds by Car: 21 Miles / 30 Minutes
Distance from Denby Dale to Leeds by Train: 1 hour

Distance from Denby Dale to Manchester Airport by car: 38 Miles / 56 Minutes
Distance from Denby Dale to Manchester Airport by train: 1 Hour 46 Minutes (One change)

Distance from Denby Dale to Huddersfield General Infirmary by car: 11 Miles / 26 Minutes
Distance from Denby Dale to Barnsley Hospital by car: 8 Miles / 15 Minutes

Schools in Denby Dale

One of the most desirable aspects of Denby Dale are the schools. It's an ideal place to bring up your children - not just because of the vast outdoor space right on your doorstep, but the schools are highly renowned, too! Here's some information on local schools with links to their Ofsted ratings. We understand if you're moving home with a family, you need to know that you're moving to an area with the best schools around!

Nurseries in Denby Dale

Hillside House Day Nursery Ltd. in Scissett - Ofsted Rating Good.

Primary Schools in Denby Dale

Denby Dale First & Nursery School - Ofsted Rating Requires Improvement.

Skelmanthorpe Academy - Ofsted Report Good.

Denby C.E. (V.A) First School - Ofsted Report Good.

(The above Ofsted Ratings are accurate as of 04/09/2021.)

Secondary Schools in Denby Dale

Penistone Grammar School - Ofsted Rating Good.
One of the oldest institutions in the area - Penistone Grammar School has recently undergone a massive expansion and is regarded as one of the most successful secondary schools in the area.

Shelley College, A SHARE Academy - Ofsted Rating Outstanding.

Colleges in Denby Dale

Barnsley College is highly regarded and offers A-Levels as well as adult learning courses. It is just a 30-minute drive from Denby Dale or a 22-minute short hop on the train. There are also regular busses.

Shelley College, A SHARE Academy - Ofsted Rating Outstanding. Shelley College is THE school and college all families in the area want to send their children to!

Kirklees College - Creating Opportunity Changing Lives - Located in Huddersfield.

Things to do in Denby Dale

Firstly, Denby Dale is certainly well-known for its' access to walking and cycling trails. It's relatively flat compared to surrounding areas.

Bagden Hall Hotel is a well-known hotel with a 9-hole golf course.

Whistlestop Valley is a brilliant place to go for an afternoon out with the family. Features a miniature railway, steam trains running on a 15-inch track and events are held throughout the year. See their events here: Events at Whistlestop Valley, Clayton West.

Springfield Mills Outlet - A converted mill transformed into a mini shopping outlet for local businesses to sell their bespoke products.

Denby Dale's Annual Events

If you're looking to move to an area with a friendly and vibrant community that plays host to events throughout the year, then you've found the right place! Here are some events in Denby Dale held annually...

Penistone Agricultural Show - The largest One-Day Show in Yorkshire. Definitely the biggest date in this area's diary every year! The show lasts all day and has activities and events running throughout the day. These include contests, demonstrations, shows, tasting sessions and more. Visit their website for more details. It's also a great opportunity for local businesses and producers to showcase their services and products to the public.

Emley and Flockton Open Gardens - A biennial event held on the first full weekend in July. A quality selection of gardens from large to small, all having a different feel to appeal to all tastes. Refreshments and toilets are available at both Churches.

Emley Show - Animals, trade exhibits, flowers and vegetables, horticulture, handicrafts, gastronomy, and woodcarving are all included at this typical agricultural exhibition. In the summer, it's a great day out for the whole family. Takes place every year on the first Saturday in August.

Whistlestop Valley in Clayton West hosts some great events every year, too. Check out their website for their upcoming events.

The End

We hope you enjoyed reading about Denby Dale and what our lovely town has to offer. If you have any suggestions of activities or events, etc. to be included on this page then please email

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