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South Pennines Walk
Holme & Marsden Clough from Ramsden Reservoir

Nat Park - Peak District - Black Hill Dovestone

Region - South Pennines

County/Area - West Yorkshire

Author - Andy Chaplin

Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km

Ascent - 1450 feet / 439 metres

Time - 6 hours 0 minutes

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SE115057
Lat 53.547812 // Long -1.827912
Postcode HD9 2QW (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Holme & Marsden Clough from Ramsden Reservoir
Photo from the walk - Holme & Marsden Clough from Ramsden Reservoir
Photo from the walk - Holme & Marsden Clough from Ramsden Reservoir
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Several walks around Holme Moss seem to rely upon a portion of cross country walking at some point - normally east of Holme Moss. This Peak District walk sticks to well defined paths and although at times the outward and return routes are quite close, there is never a sense of doing a 'there and back'.

The Yorkshire Water car park (grid ref. SE115057) next to Ramsden Reservoir has parking for a dozen cars as well as a limited amount of on-road parking. Go south along the road and continue on the track over the Riding Wood Reservoir dam wall. The track, now Kiln Bent Road continues all the way around the bottom of Yateholme Reservoir before becoming Holme Woods Road and Rake Head Road when it comes out on the A6024 at Ings Bridge. On the way you see Ramsden and Riding Wood Reservoirs - but see nothing of Yateholme but the wall.

Walk a little way north on the road then go off left on a lane in front of a house and climb up the hill on a footpath that leads up to a ruined farmhouse or sheep pen. Go due north on a path that goes either side of a ditch/wall until you reach a gate that leads onto the Cliff Road track. As this track descends towards the Issues Road track there are good views down towards Holme.

Turn left up the Issues Road and keep heading in the general direction of Black Hill. At grid ref. SE088058 follow the path to the right - not ascending up to the Pennine Way - and continue on to the bridge over the Marsden Clough. This is a very pleasant place to stop for a while before climbing up to the Kirklees Way on the other side of the Clough.

Turn right and follow the Kirklees Way down Nether Lane and Hoowood Lane to the Digley Reservoir. Keep following the KW over Meal Hill into Holme. From here you can either continue straight back to the parking on the KW or take the long way home.

The longer route involves going right on the A6024 then taking the path off left over the Rake Dike at Gill Hey Bridge and looping around to the top of Ramsden Reservoir before coming back north under Netherley Brow on a permissive path that joins the KW before it crosses the dam wall and goes back to the parking.

Either way you will get great views of the reservoir as you cross over the dam wall.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers.

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