Holmfirth Peaks and Pennines

Digley Reservoir

The scenery across Holmfirth, the Holme Valley, and surrounding areas is spectacular all year round. From snow covered hills and valleys in the winter, to bluebell-carpeted woodlands, the area is ideal for blowing away those winter cobwebs or simply having a lazy summer picnic. Pull on your walking boots or cycling shorts, pack the camera and head for the hills, where you will be rewarded with peace, fresh air and panoramic views.

Here’s some of the more popular routes and walks for the Holme Valley and surrounding areas.

Digley Reservoir

Located towards the south-west of Holmfirth are two popular circular walks around the Digley Reservoir. For those looking for a short stroll alongside woods and through fields, the short walk is approximately 1.2 miles long and is an ideal walk for families. Just follow the path that runs around the edge of the reservoir. For a more invigorating walk across open moorland, the route can be extended to cover nearly five miles, taking in some fantastic scenery.

Blackmoorfoot Reservoir

To the north of Meltham, this reservoir is popular with birdwatchers and is fully wheelchair accessible.

Holme Valley riverside Way

Starting from Magdale, this six-mile walk is more accessible than some other rural and hillside walks. This is a linear walk going through villages including Holmfirth and Honley.

Stubbin Lane Dam

Holme Valley Circular Walk

Starting from Berry Brow near Huddersfield, you will take in a variety of scenery from quiet villages to rolling fields and wooded valleys.

There are panoramic views from the many vantage points along the route, including historic Castle Hill. The full route covers 24 miles, but divides into 13 short sections.

Holme Moss View Point

525m above sea level, Holme Moss is every cyclist’s nemesis, but boy are the views worth the climb!

Holmbridge and Holme Walk

Explore Pennine moors, Peak district hills and quaint villages on this 5 mile walk past digley, Ramsden and Yateholme Reservoirs.

Ramsden Reservoir

There are a series of paths at Ramsden that provide walks in the valley and over moors near Holmfirth. The route includes a mixture of moorland and unsurfaced paths, presenting beautiful views across the valley and up onto the higher moors where the Holme Moss transmitter mast is a prominent feature.

The walk is 4 miles long, but there is an option to shorten the route.

8 Comments on “Holmfirth Peaks and Pennines

  1. Holmfirth and its environs are well kept secrets from those across the big pond. I shall never regret being lucky enough to be introduced to the natural and manmade beauty of the area…and its waterways, rivers, railroads, hills and valleys. Here’s a toast to my next visit, when I can manage it.

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  2. I and a couple of friends hop to visit Holmfirth in 2012. This area has caught my attention as i am a big fan of Summer Wine.I have been to England before but did not get to see the country side. It is hard to express but that reigon is calling me.It is beautiful also my mothers parents came fromEngland also an aunt from Gates Head. So the good Lord willing we will be there to see in person the place that is calling me. Janice Ross

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  3. On the 7/6/2013 I took visitors from Wales to see the Last of the summer wine area.
    I live in Derby some 70 miles away
    I came to Holmfirth many years ago The public toilets were just being built
    This time I was ashamed to have taken my visitors o such a place
    The toilets were a disgrace the men had to find there way through buckets etc

    Sid’s Café served bacon sandwiches in flat buns with bacon an unusual hard brown colour. the mugs were suited for a building site . 2 mugs and 2 bacon sandwiches cost £8.80 If the owners are going to use the shows name they should at least make some effort .,. We met people from abroad and various places in this country all appeared disappointed, word of mouth is the best type advertising
    I know the show is old now but many people still come , Iris Patrick

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  4. i planing to visit in the new year are their any steam railways near by

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  5. 24 Feb 2014
    Just completed the Holmbridge & Holme Walk. According to my SportsTracker App the walk covered 6.58 miles (without diversions) and took me 2.50 hours.I believe you say it is 5.25 miles. It was a fine dry day and I enjoyed the walk but I have several comments to make, particularly in view that this appears to be the only readily available walk seen in the TIC and other outlets. And with Le Grand Depart coming to the Holme Valley, I can imagine lots of people thinking about doing this walk. I wouldn’t say it was an easy walk – very strenuous in areas, poor stiles, poor signage in places too and very much “up and down dale”. At the start you have nearly a 500ft climb in less than a mile which would put many people off and so it continues with a very high stiles (I’m a fit 61 year old but I couldn’t see some people cope with them), particularly near Austenley Manor and then again dropping down via Crow Hill. Some of the terrain is pretty poor too and in places, signage none existent. I am a regular walker so can look out for signs of where people have been, but not everyone is countrywise and I think, before another reprint, you have a little look at the route and put some improvements in. And what is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL, and as you promote this as a “picnic” walk ….. correct clothing and foot ware. This is not a flip flop and shorts walk …. its a serious strenuous walk over tricky terrain. That said, I loved it and will do it again in the summer, but seriously, do look at the leaflet/descriptions again. Thanks

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  6. After living near the Peak District we have moved to Holmfirth to be near our place of work. I am so disappointed how Holmfirth is lacking in funding so that it can’t compete with the likes of Castleton, Bakewell or Hathersage. If the river was cleaned up and more was made of the public areas it would attract the visitors back who purely come to look at where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed. The town has started to degenerate and Charity Shops have taken hold. The council need to realise what a jewel it has got and give it polish to help make it shine.

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  7. Good idea listing a variety of walks – but where are the instructions?

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  8. I live in holmfirth and let me tell you that the best walking trails are the ones you make your self. Don’t follow the trail go your own way and discover the beauty. It is hard work and takes time but it is rewarding and I would be more than happy to show some people the spectacular views and wonderful wildlife of this beautiful landscape.

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