Holme Valley

Walking (moderate)

Walks will generally start at 10:00 unless otherwise shown (to fit in with public transport). Map numbers refer to the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 range of maps. Estimated durations do not include lunch or other breaks.

Our walks have an experienced leader who will ensure no-one gets left behind. The u3a provides third party insurance for members on the walks but does not cover personal accident/injury - we are all responsible for our own safety.

Stout walking boots or at the very least good walking shoes are recommended and poles are always useful. Always come prepared for the terrain and weather. Winter walking particularly can be very muddy!

If you are wanting less strenuous walks, you may be interested in the Walking (easy) group. This group usually walk for around 2 hours, covering 3-4 miles on routes involving some hills and stiles but avoiding anything too strenuous. Walks are on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings of each month. For more information, or if you would like to join this group, please click here - easy walking group – to send an email.

If you are not sure which group would be best for you, drop a line to our Groups Co-ordinator who will put you in touch with relevant group leaders.

U3A walks schedule Jun-Aug 22

Jun 2 – Wortley and around – Nick

Meet: Turn off the A629 at Wortley village square (GR 308994, S35 7DB), and continue through the main pillared entrance of Wortley Hall Hotel and down tarmacadam drive, and then just immediately before the front of Wortley main building vista car park, turn immediately right up a side tarmacadam drive and there is room for a dozen or more cars, A clock faced facade type building is at the top of this side drive. Map Explorer 278 Sheffield & Barnsley

Route: It skirts around Wortley Golf Course, emerging on the outskirts of Crane Moor, but eventually turning left across fields to emerge at Hermit Hill. Cross over a road, go through the wood, and then across two very long field boundaries, to emerge by Game Keepers lodge and turn right along a carriageway, and back to end in front of Wortley Hall.

Distance: 5.8m / 9.3K

Jun 9 – Holme Valley Rim – Ali
Meet: Yateholme CP by Ramsden Reservoir (GR 115056, no postcode). Map OL1 Dark Peak(E)
Route: A high-level walk Yateholme to Lane low level return on Holme Woods Lane.  A steep climb and descent, rough footpaths, and wet peat in places. The Open Access land is a no dogs area.
Distance: 7.5m / 12K Total height gain: 1278ft / 387m
We have a bad weather alternative from Yateholme and will decide on the day.

Jun 16 – Above Ladybower - Michael

Meet: CP on A57 Snake Pass, 800m W of junc of A57 with Strines Rd & 200m E of Cutthroat Bridge (GR 217874, no postcode). This is a large layby on the side of the road. (Please note that there is a small CP at Cutthroat Bridge itself but it's very dangerous getting out so you are strongly advised not to use it.) Map OL1 Dark Peak (E)

Route: Cutthroat Bridge, Winston Lee Tor, Wheel Stones on Derwent Edge. Good views over Ladybower as we walk down Grindle Clough to waters edge. Follow Reservoir edge to Ashopton and on to Ladybower  Wood to Cutthroat Bridge. Option of Tea, coffee, pint at the Yorkshire Bridge Pub afterwards for those interested.

Distance: 6.5m / 10.4K Total height gained: 481m / 1587 ft.

Suggest meeting at 0915 at Langsett Barn CP (GR 210004, S36 9FD) to coordinate travel arrangements.

Jun 23 – John & Susie

Meet: Holmfirth Library

Route: tba

The walk ends ending at the Co-op cafe for the exhibition of photos taken by some of our talented group!

Jun 30 – Denby Dale & around.- Cathy

Meet: Denby Dale Station (GR 224085, HD8 8RX) , Map OL1 Dark Peak (E)

Route:7 miles, via Skelmanthorpe, Upper Denby, Upper Cumberworth, back to Denby Dale.
Distance: 7m / 11.2K. Total height gain 1000ft app.

There's an opportunity for anyone to cut the walk short around halfway.

Jul 7 - Ladybower Res circuit – Peter

Meet: Heatherdene CP, 400m S of Ladybower traffic lights on A6013 Bamford road (GR 202860, S33 0BY) pay & display. Map OL1 Dark Peak (E)

Route: Crookhill Farm, Bridge End Pasture, Hagg Farm, Haggwater Bridge, S side of Ladybower Res, Ladybower Dam to start.

Distance: 12.8K / 8m.

Suggest meeting at 0915 at Langsett Barn CP (GR 210004, S36 9FD) to coordinate travel arrangements.

Jul 14 - Marsden Moor circuit – Anthea

Meet: Marsden NT CP (GR 048119, HD7 6DH). Map OL21 South Pennines (S)

Route: Marsden, 2nd turnpike, Standedge, March Haigh, Eastergate, Tunnel End where refreshments are available.

Distance: 8.5m / 13.6K

Stunning views, weather permitting.

Jul 21- In search of New Mill’s mines.

Meet: New Mill Car Park (GR 162089, HD9 7JY). Map OL1 Dark Peak (E)

Route: Coal Pit Gate, Fulstone, Horn Cote Lane, Short Horns, Bank House, Meal Hill, Wood Pit, Jackson Bridge and return to New Mill.

Distance: 7m / 11.2K

Jul 28 – Pots and Pans - Michael

Meet: Saddleworth Leisure Centre Car Park (GR 998054 , OL3 6HQ) Map OL1 Dark Peak (W)

Route: Saddleworth Leisure Centre, Tame Valley Way, Pots and Pans monument to admire the views, Oven Stones, Aldermans Hill to admire the breathtaking view back down over Dovestones Reservoir, Yarns Hill, Tame Valley Way once again back to the car park. Option of Tea, coffee, scone at the Reclamation Room cafe afterwards for those interested.

Distance: tba. Total height gain: 440m / 1452 ft.

This could involve some car sharing probably from Nabb School car Park, Holmfirth, to be arranged nearer the time.

Aug 4 – West Nab – John

Meet: Entrance to St Bartholomew's church, Greens End road, Meltham (GR 099106, HD9 5NW). Maps OL1 Dark Peak (E), OL21 South Pennines (S)

Route : This is a moderately difficult, circular walk from the town centre up to West Nab, passing the Isle of Skye onto Wessenden Head Moor before returning to Meltham along the Magdalen Road. There will be a lunch break, with superb views (weather permitting), on West Nab.
Distance: 7 m / 11.2K app Estimated duration:3.5 hours

Aug 11 – tba - Steve H

Aug 18 – tba - Judith

Aug 25 – tba - Deb

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