GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Holme Valley Circular Walk

24 miles (39 km)

A circular walk through the beautiful Holme Valley, visiting a series of picturesque villages.
The walk starts at Berry Brow Railway station near Huddersfield and first heads south to Holmfirth with a lovely stretch along the River Holme at the start. Holmfirth is a popular tourist destination as it is used as the location for the Last of the Summer Wine television series.
The path then takes you around a series of beautiful reservoirs surrounding Holmbridge including Digley Reservoir, Holme Styes Reservoir, Brownhill Reservoir and Ramsden Reservoir.
A wooded section and several delightful country lanes then lead you to Hepworth. From here you head towards Thurstonland and Farnley Tyas before coming to the fascinating Castle Hill Iron Age Hill Fort.
It is a Scheduled Acient Monument and the most conspicuous landmark in Huddersfield. From the summit there are wonderful panoramic views over the surrounding Kirklees countryside. The path then descends back to the finish at Berry Brow station.
This is a challenging walk with a number of ascents giving stunning views of the Holme Valley and the Holme Moss TV transmitter.

Holme Valley Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Holme Valley Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Pickled Pheasant is located on the route in Holmbridge near Digley Reservoir. This fine gastro pub includes a large car park, a beer garden and a restaurant. The recently modified interior is very appealing with many original features including beautiful oak beams, stone flagged floors and two open fireplaces. They are dog friendly and also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the inn atWoodhead Rd, Holmbridge with a postcode of HD9 2NQ for your sat navs.
In Farnley Tyas there's the Golden Cock to consider. The 200 year old pub has a nice interior with beamed ceilings and stone floors in some areas. Outside there's a garden area where you can relax on warmer days. They serve good quality dishes and can be found at postcode HD4 6UD for your sat navs.
In Hepworth there's the Butcher's Arms. The pub dates back to the early 1800s and includes a traditional bar with stone floors and an open fire. They serve good quality food and have a fine selection of ales. The pub is also notable for featuring in the long running tv showLast of the Summer Wine. Many scenes from the show were shot around the village with the characters often meeting up in the pub.
You can find them at postcode HD9 1TE for your sat navs.

Photos

The River Holm into Hinchcliffe Mill - geograph.org.uk - 836317

The River Holm into Hinchcliffe Mill, Holmfirth

Hades - geograph.org.uk - 1291321

This is the start of Hades area as marked on the map, travelling SE along the Holme Valley circular walk. 200m in the same same direction are the buildings of Kirk Forestry.

Forest Track from Ellentree Brow to Hades - geograph.org.uk - 429079

Forest Track from Ellentree Brow to Hades

White Ley Bank, Fulstone - geograph.org.uk - 169783

White Ley Bank, Fulstone. Looking across the route of the Holme Valley Circular Walk, with Hunger Hill and Upper Halstead near the skyline, and Halstead Wood to the right

Castle Hill, Huddersfield - geograph.org.uk - 2473

Castle Hill, Huddersfield 1. The Victoria Tower on Castle Hill dominates the skyline to the south of Huddersfield. The hill top was once occupied by an ancient hill fort.

Castle Hill Huddersfield. - geograph.org.uk - 520251

Castle Hill Huddersfield 2

Butcher's Arms, Hepworth

Butcher's Arms, Hepworth

Woodsome Lees, Farnley Tyas - geograph.org.uk - 392363

Woodsome Lees, Farnley Tyas

Elevation Profile

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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