Section 5 - Holmbridge to Crowden

Section 5 of The Trans-Pennine 100 sees the route ascend Brownhill Lane to cross the dam wall of Ramsden Reservoir to arrive in Holme.

Now into The Peak District the route passes Holme Junior & Infant School and arrives at Issues Road, the track becoming steep but well used.

The route joins the Pennine Way to the summit of Black Hill (Soldiers Lump).

Descending Laddow rocks (we hope all to be down in daylight) the route arrives at the Crowden Outdoor Education Center.

  • The Holme Valley is situated in the Yorkshire Pennines south of Huddersfield, a feature of this valley is the four reservoirs of Yateholme, Riding Wood, Brownhill and Ramsden which are known as the Holmbridge group. The reservoirs were built over a period of 54 years from 1879 to 1932 and are a major source of raw water to the towns and cities of West Yorkshire.

  • The Peak District is an upland area in England at the southern end of the Pennines. It is mostly in northern Derbyshire. An area of great diversity, it is mostly split into the Dark Peak, where most of the moorland is found and the geology is gritstone, and the limestone area of the White Peak.

    • The Peak District National Park became the first national park in the United Kingdom in 1951.With its proximity to the cities of Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and Sheffield, and access by road and rail, it attracts millions of visitors every year.
    • Tourism remains important for its towns and villages and their varied attractions, country houses and heritage sites. Outside the towns, walking on the extensive network of public footpaths, cycle trails, rock climbing and caving are popular pursuits.

  • Black Hill is a hill. It is the highest point in the historic county of Cheshire, but now lies on the border between the boroughs of Kirklees in West Yorkshire and High Peak in Derbyshire, reaching 582 meters (1,909 ft.) above sea level.

    • The top is peaty and thus very boggy after rain. The area surrounding the summit itself had virtually no vegetation and was very dark, giving the hill an appropriate name. However, recent restoration work has eliminated much of the exposed peat. Black Hill is crossed by the Pennine Way whose now-paved surface allows walkers to reach the top dry-shod even in the wettest of weather.
    • The triangulation column ("trig point") and highest point on Black Hill (and the highest point in West Yorkshire) is on a small elevated mound, called Soldiers' Lump. The support timbers for the Ramsden theodolite, used by the Royal Engineers in the original Ordnance Survey which began in 1784, were still to be found here many years later.

  • The Pennine Way is steeped in history, this National Trail chases along the mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the finest and walking in England. A once in a lifetime experience. 

  • Crowden Outdoor Education Center overlooks the reservoirs of the Longdendale valley, this traditional hostel with basic amenities was converted from a row of railway cottages on the Pennine Way. It is surrounded by high level walking country.

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