Take a look at the top things to do on a visit to Holmfirth!
Gorgeous Cottages is thrilled to have recently launched our very first holiday cottage in Holmfirth – Spinners Cottage. This small West Yorkshire town is probably best know as the setting for Last of the Summer Wine but there is a lot more to Holmfirth than this. Holmfirth Holiday Cottages.
Originally formed round a corn mill in the 13th century, it’s also the spot where the Holme and Ribble rivers come together. With two rivers and a selection of reservoirs, it’s no wonder that this beautiful part of the Holme Valley is a big draw for both walkers and cyclists. Here is our Gorgeous Guide to Holmfirth!
Last of the Summer Wine
Better known as the location for ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, you can visit some of the famous locations used including Sid’s Café and Nora Batty’s steps. There are nods to this popular TV show throughout Holmfirth – for example you can stop for a brew at the Wrinkled Stocking Tea Room.
A five mile Last of the Summer Wine circular walk takes in the key landmarks made famous by this popular long-running series. If you don’t feel like walking there is also a vintage Holmfirth Tour Bus that makes a 10-mile journey round the filming locations used.
The Holme Valley is beautiful collection of peaks, valleys and bluebell covered woodland – perfect for exploring with a picnic. Surrounding Holmfirth is a large selection of reservoirs and it’s also just a few miles north of the Peak District National Park so there is definitely no shortage of pretty walking routes!
Nearby Digley Reservoir has 2 routes to try – a short 1.2 mile family friendly walk round the edge of the water or a more chaellenging 5-mile option that takes in the surrounded open moorland.
Blackmoorfoot Reservoir is a good place to try a spot of bird-watching while Ramsden Reservoir has a series of paths that go higher up in the moors with some stunning views of the valleys below. Riding Wood and Brownhill Reservoirs are both nearby and can be incorporated into a longer circular walk.
Holmes Styes Reservoir is a lovely secluded spot where you can walk through the woods the old abandoned settlement of Hades – regularly used in Last of the Summer Wine.
Some of the reservoirs form part of the Holme Valley Riverside Way which is a good way to explore the area or you can also try the Ribble Ramble Walk which takes in some cobbled paths, old lanes and the remnants of ruined villages.
What to do
Holmfirth is a quaint town that is like stepping back in time and you’ll find a range of gift and antique shops along with cafes and tea rooms to explore – here are just some of the options that are well worth a visit.
The Carding Shed is a fabulous mix of classic cars, vintage fashion boutique and retro tea room all housed in a magnificent former mill. It also plays host to a range of events throughout the year including antiques fairs, car rallys and live music.
There’s a couple of nice garden centres to visit that both have very scenic spots and cafes with outside seating. Brooklands Nurseries and Café Bar was used in an episode of Last of the Summer Wine and has a selection of 4 circular walks that start from the garden centre. Totties Garden Centre overlooks the Holme Valley and it’s Olive Tree Bistro is transformed into a full service restaurant once a month.
A vineyard and a cider press
Holmfirth Vineyard comprises of 7 acres of grapevines and is available to tour every day (except Christmas and Boxing day). With stunning views of the Holme Valley and some wine tasting, it makes for a very enjoyable day out.
If cider is more your thing, this is also produced locally at the PureNorth Cider Press using traditional methods and you can enjoy them in the on-site café or purchase them for later in the shop.
Kirklees Light Railway
A selection of miniature trains (very reminiscent of Thomas the Tank Engine) that run along a 15” narrow gauge railway on a very scenic journey starting at Clayton West through the South Pennines to Shelley where there is an outdoor children’s play area, cafe and a large section for picnics.
Holmfirth has a large covered Market Hall which plays host to a range of events. A general market with a wide selection of stalls in on every Thursday while each Saturday you’ll find a variety of fresh food and local craft stalls. A farmer’s market also comes to Holmfirth on 1st and the 3rd Sunday of every month where you can buy a range of locally grown and produced artisan food items.
This stunning 3-storey luxury townhouse has an elevated position looking down over Holmfirth. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms it comfortably sleeps up to 8 people so is perfect for larger families or groups of friends. Find out more.
Gorgeous Cottages have more than 150 luxury holiday cottages throughout Yorkshire. For further information contact the team on 01642 263 249.