Walks in Pennine Yorkshire
Holme Valley: Viking villages and Summer Wine Country
Viking villages and Summer Wine Country
Seven villages make up the Holme Valley: Honley, Meltham, Netherthong,
Upperthong, Underbank, Hepworth and Wooldale. These picturesque villages
are surrounded by countryside, moorland and the Peak District National Park.
This circular walk takes you through Victoria Park, Netherthong and along the
River Holme. The name ‘Thong’ is believed to be associated with Viking invaders
who took control of a large part of Northern England. The name is most likely to
be derived from the Viking word ‘thong’ which meant a strip of land.
After completing your walk, there’s no better way to end the day than with a tasty
treat. Whether you fancy a pot of Yorkshire tea or a home-brewed pint, a saucersized
scone or a hearty pub meal, the Holme Valley has it all. Pick up a copy of
‘Explore Pennine Yorkshire’ for ideas on where to go.
Map: Ordnance Survey Bradford & Huddersfield No. 288. Explorer Map.
Public Transport: Bus numbers 308, 312, 313, 314 and 316 from Huddersfield
Visit: www.wymetro.com for full details.
Distance: 8 kilometres (5 miles)
Warning: This walk has steep steps, sections of the road without pavement and
you need to cross a stream.
Start Point: Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre.
From Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre turn right into the car park and follow
the uphill paved path to the right, into Victoria Park.
Walk a few metres towards the alley between the houses at Binns Lane. Turn
right on to Holt Lane, look to your right and enjoy the impressive views of the
Holme Valley. At Wellfield T junction go right down Holt Lane. This lane becomes
a track called Mark Bottoms Lane. Continue forward as the lane narrows into a
path. You will hear, then see, a stream on your right. At a fork in the path, turn
down to cross the stream via the stepping stones.
After the stream, turn right through the trees. The next section of path is very
wet – more like a stream bed. When you reach higher ground the going gets
easier. Continue up the narrow path to a lane, where you can take a short break
on the seating provided. After your rest, turn right towards the houses where the
track widens into Broomy Lea Lane and leads into Netherthong.
From Netherthong turn right then go left down to Oldfield before the church.
Then, take a left at Church House onto Giles Street and take a sharp right onto
Dean Brook Road. Go left on to a public footpath (opposite houses) into the
wood. Go right to cross the stream via a bridge then up the stone steps. Turn
right at Deanhouse, through the houses onto a wide track. Go left in front of the
Cricketers Arms to pass New Laithe Farm, go through the gate and continue
forward up the hill to the right of the windmill. Follow the path as it bends right
in to an open field and cross a stone stile into a second field. Cross the second
field heading towards Castle Hill in the distance. Cross a second stile into a
third field and through a gap stile to cross a narrow road. Go forward through
another gap stile into another field and bear right down a narrow path between
a wooden fence and a wall. Follow the path down to the road, turn right.
Take the second path on the left over a stone stile to cross a field diagonally to
another stone stile and into a second field. Continue to the right of the wall to
another stile. Go over this stile then over another stile into the field, keeping left
of the wall to Long Lane.
Go right onto Long Lane then left onto Oldfield Road. At the junction of roads go
right onto Upper Hagg Road through the bends to take the path left into Hagg
Wood. At the bottom of the wood, cross Woodhead Road and go down Lancaster
Lane – sign posted Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park.
Turn right onto a track at the campsite, then cross the river via a concrete
bridge, then turn right onto a road to follow the river to a converted mill.
Take the footpath on the right of the mill, go up six stone steps and continue
forward into a wood. At a junction of paths near a small wooden gate, turn
right into the wood and nearer to the river [danger: steep drop].
Leave the wood by a stone gap stile and go straight forward, with the cricket
pitch on your right, through another gap stile. At a third gap stile turn left up a
surfaced lane. At the wider road, turn right, and then left up Berry Bank Lane,
keeping to the main track. This track widens out at some new houses – this is
the site of the old Holmfirth Railway Station.
At the end of Bramble Bank, go down New Mill Road and Station Road towards
Holmfirth. Turn right down the path opposite the house No. 60 then cross a
minor road and go down the steps to cross the river. Walk along the side of the
river back into Holmfirth.
Camp site/caravan park
Moor Lane B6107
Greenfield Road A635
Den Brook Road
New Road B6107
Huddersfield Road A6024
New Mill Road A635
New Mill Road A616
Holmfirth Road A635
Thurstonland Bank Rd.
Greenhill Bank Road
Cold Hill Lane
Walks in the Holme Valley
• Holme Valley Riverside Way: A 6 mile route through Holmfirth and
Honley to Digley Reservoir.
• Holmbridge and Holme Walk: A 5¼ mile route in the upland area above
Holmbridge and Holme Village.
• Holme Valley Circular: A 24 mile route with panoramic views.
• Hills and Hamlets: A 10.5 mile circular walk taking you through the
villages of Upperthong, Netherthong and Wooldale, many sections on old
• Sampling the hills: A 1.9 mile circular stroll to Upperthong with
Further information is available from Holmfirth Tourist Information
Centre, tel: 01484 222444 or visit www.pennineyorkshire.com
Lower Holme Valley