Marsden Moor Estate is made up of valleys, peaks and crags covering 5,685 acres of unenclosed moorland surrounding Marsden. The landscape supports large numbers of moorland birds such as the Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Curlew and Twite. The estate is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and forms part of an Special Protection Area.
Historically Marsden has been an important gateway to the Standedge crossing of the moors and features archaeological remains dating from pre-Roman times to the great engineering structures of the canal and railway ages. The moors have also been used as a water catchment area since the Victorian era, and several reservoirs are present, along with their associated catchwaters.
Read more on the Marsden Moor Estate website.