This circular walk explores the immediate area surrounding the town of Holmfirth in Yorkshire. The town is famous as the main location in the long running sitcom 'Last of the Summer Wine'. Viewers of the show will recognise the pretty streets and the beautiful surrounding countryside from the adventures of the main characters. It's quite a challenging walk as there are some steep climbs but you are rewarded with splendid views over the Holme Valley and Pennine Hills.
You can start the walk from the town centre next to Victoria Park where there are car parks nearby. Then follow Cooper Lane and Hill Lane to the village of Upperthong. It's quite a steep climb but there's great views over the Holme Valley to enjoy on the way. Bill Owen, who played Compo in Last of the Summer Wine, is buried at the Upperthong parish church of St. John's.
From Upperthong, the route heads through Hogley Green and Upper Stubbin before coming to Hinchcliffe Mill where you cross the River Holme. A nice waterside stroll follows before heading along the woodland trails in Malkinhouse Wood. You then follow country lanes along the Hills and Hamlets trail back into the town.
There are many other walks around the Holmfirth area to try with the surrounding countryside criss crossed with various waymarked trails. You could further explore the area on the Holme Valley Circular Walk or the Holme Valley Hills and Hamlets Walk. These long distance trails take you on a tour of the hills, reserrvoirs and villages of the Kirklees and Huddersfield area. If you'd like to go even further afield then the Kirklees Way takes you through the Spen Valley and Colne Valley.
Another good option is to head to the nearby Digley Reservoir and follow the waterside path around the lake. The reservoir is located just a few miles to the south west of the town, near Holmbridge.
Holmfirth Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Holmfirth Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Holmfirth OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Holmfirth Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The White Horse was used as a filming location in the Last of the Summer Wine Series. As such it's a popular place to visit for fans of the show. Inside you can relax with a drink and look through the album of Last Of The Summer Wine photos. Just up the road from the pub is where Cleggy and Howard houses were filmed. The classic stone pub has a good menu, log fireplaces and a beer garden to enjoy on warmer days. It is also dog friendly. You can find the White Horse in Jackson Bridge just to the east of the town. Address is Scholes Rd, Jackson Bridge with a postcode of HD9 1LY for your sat navs.
The Pickled Pheasant is located just south west of the town at 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 at Woodhead Rd, Holmbridge with a postcode of HD9 2NQ for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head to the Last of The Summer Wine Exhibition to find out more about the show. The exhibition is located inside Compo's house, and includes props from the show and videos of many of the famous clips. Other treasured memoribilia includes the famous matchbox and the original coat and hat that Foggy wore. You can find the exhibition at 30a Huddersfield Rd at a postcode of HD9 2JS.
There's also the option to take a tour of the countryside on a splendid old bus if you want to save your legs. Starting from outside the famous "Sids Cafe" in the centre of Holmfirth, the tour departs hourly and lasts for 45 minutes. It visits several of the locations from the series incorporating some of the most beautiful scenery found in the foothills of the Yorkshire Pennines.
Just to the north west there's the town of Meltham where you can pick up the circular Meltham Walk and explores the moorland and hills surrounding the settlement. It visits a series of photogenic reservoirs including Wessenden Reservoir and Butterley Reservoir.