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Holidays in Holmfirth

A peaceful Yorkshire village and home to Last of the Summer Wine

The view from atop Holm Moss

This picture-postcard village, tucked away in the Holme Valley just north of the Peak District National Park, has been growing in popularity with visitors over the years, thanks to its walks, landscapes, and, perhaps most of all, it being the set of long-lasting sitcom Last of the Summer Wine.

Last of the Summer Wine is the world’s longest-running sitcom, having aired between 1973 and 2010. Centred around three elderly men, the series has been filmed in and around Holmfirth through its run, and some of the best-known locations, such as Sid’s Café and Compo’s House, remain some of the village’s most popular attractions.

Being located within a valley, Holmfirth has also been attracting an increasing number of walkers thanks to its spectacular and unspoilt views. For a gentle and relatively flat walk, you can follow a stretch of the River Holme, which passes through Holmfirth, from nearby Magdale, following it for around six miles. There are also a number of reservoirs nearby, offering walks for all abilities as well as some great views across the water, such as Blackmoorfoot Reservoir, Digley Reservoir and Ramsden Reservoir. For a real challenge, try Holm Moss, which is 524m high and has also been used as a hill climb in the Tour of Britain in the past.

On your walks you’re sure to encounter some amazing landscapes, so be sure to bring your camera. Take a guided photography walk with Made in Holmfirth, or head to Wessenden Moor to see the landscape through the quirky picture frame. Other beauty spots that shouldn’t be missed include Blackpool Bridge, Issue Edge and Home Range.

Despite its small size, Holmfirth also has a packed events programme running between May and November. For music lovers, there’s the Holme Valley Brass Band Contest and the Holmfirth Folk Festival, while in the summer the village comes to life with Holmfirth Artweek.

An artistic presence can be seen throughout the village even when these events are not taking place, as Holmfirth is also home to several galleries and studios open to the public. These include the Ashley Jackson Galleries, Booth House Gallery and Silver Dream Studio – you may perhaps even find an artwork you’d like to purchase and take home. The Picturedrome is also a popular venue showing films and putting on a variety of live music events.

“Tucked away in the Holme Valley, just north of the Peak District National Park…”

With a choice of independent shops and cafes in the village, you won’t ever go hungry in Holmfirth. Choose from a variety of country pubs, including the Ford Inn, Huntsman Inn and Old Bridge Inn where you can relax with a pint and a classic pub meal. There are also restaurants celebrating cuisines from around the world, such as Bengal Spice, serving Indian favourites, and Mezze, which serves authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare.

If you’ve been inspired to spend your next holiday in this beautiful part of Yorkshire, take a look at our collection of Holmfirth cottages for even more ideas.

While you’re there

Holmfirth Picturedrome

A popular and alternative venue hosting film nights and live music

Holme Moss

A challenging climb featured in the Tour of Britain, with rewarding views from the top

Compo’s House

From Last of the Summer Wine, this house and museum is dedicated to the classic sitcom filmed in Holmfirth

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