Walking and Hiking in the Holme Valley
Wessenden Head, January 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digley Resevoir Valley, January 2015