Holmbridge Woodhead Road and Field End Lane, Holmbridge Below the rebuilt Bilberry Dam, Digley Reservoir fills the valley once occupied by mills


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Holmbridge is a village at the head of the Holme Valley about 6 miles south-south-west of Huddersfield town centre (8 miles by road) and just under 2 miles south-west of Holmfirth.

The River Holme starts at reservoirs just above Holmbridge, where it is also fed by Digley Brook.

A church, a cricket field and a pub are essential features of the village.

The area around the village once had several textile mills, but many of these were lost to reservoir building in the two valleys above Holmbridge in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century.

The earliest reservoir in the area, Bilberry Reservoir, in the valley of Digley Brook, led to mills beneath its dam being devastated in February 1852 when its dam burst. The flood swept into St David's Church in Holmbridge, though the church building survived. The waters gushed onwards down the Holme Valley, causing major damage in Hinchliffe Mill and Holmfirth and claiming the lives of around 81 victims. The dam was subsequently repaired and mills rebuilt, though these were lost forever when the Digley Reservoir was built below Bilberry nearly 100 years later.

There are now attractive walks around the reservoirs, which are just within the Peak District National Park.

The cricket field is kept in trim in January 2016 The Holmbridge cricket field Cricket came to Holmbridge in the 1870s after players moved down the hill from Holme where play had started a few years earlier. Holmbridge Cricket Club moved in 1886 to its present ground, where you are quite likely to find the grass being kept short by sheep in winter.

A relative newcomer to the hillside above Holmbridge is a vineyard, where, since 2009, English Wine has been produced from grape to bottle.

Holme Silver Band has a rehearsal room in Holmbridge on the road to Holme.

Holmbridge was on the route of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ and is the beginning of the ascent towards Holme village and Holme Moss that formed part of a King of the Mountain stage. The Tour de France also led to a Côte de Holme Moss Sportive cycling event in the following years.

Around Holmbridge

The pub in Holmbridge, for many years known as The Bridge, is now renamed The Pickled Pheasant. It has a beer garden and serves home-cooked food.
St David's Church and Parish Hall, Holmbridge St David's Church in Woodhead Road and its adjoining Parish Hall provide a hub of activities in the village.   St David's Church website
Holmbridge Cricket Club is at Woodhead Road.  Holmbridge Cricket Club web pages
From 1841 until its closure in 1984 the village had a school at Field Head Lane. For the nearest schools to the village see our Hinchliffe Mill and Holme pages.
Digley Brook becomes the River Holme in Holmbridge and is bridged by the A6024 Woodhead Road.
Hinchliffe Mill is in the Holme Valley South ward of the metropolitan district of Kirklees.  Kirklees Council website

It is also in the civil parish run by Holme Valley Parish Council.  Holme Valley Parish Council website


Bus services


Huddersfield Bus station - Lockwood - Berry Brow Parkgate - Honley Bridge - Brockholes - New Mill - Wooldale New Mill Road - Holmfirth Bus station - Hinchliffe Mill Woodhead Road - Holmbridge - Holme

Timetable at  Metro     Service information at  First

351 Friday only, infrequent service

Holmfirth Bus station - Hinchliffe Mill - Holmbridge - Holme - Holme Moss - Torside Visitor centre - Glossop

Timetable at  Metro   Timetables (.pdf format) at  South Pennine Community Transport

H5 Monday to Saturday daytime

Holmfirth Bus station - Greenfield Road - Burnlee Burnlee Road - Woodside View, Shawfield Avenue, Shaw Lane -
Hinchliffe Mill -
Woodhead Road, Co-op Lane, Dobb Lane, Dobb Top Road
Woodhead Road, Fairfields Road
Holmbridge Smithy Lane, Woodhead Road, Broadfield Park, Field End Lane, Holmclose

Timetable at  Metro     Timetables (.pdf format) at  Stotts Coach Travel

Road travel

The A6024 links Holmbridge to Holmfirth and towards Huddersfield. In the opposite direction the road climbs to the village of Holme and then to a height of a height of 524m (1,719ft) on the route over Holme Moss into Derbyshire. The road is sometimes closed by heavy snow in winter.

Drive time to nearest A&E hospitals:

26 min Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
30 min Tameside Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne
33 min Barnsley Hospital
33 min Royal Oldham Hospital
38 min Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax
44 min Northern General Hospital, Sheffield
45 min Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
            Dewsbury and District Hospital ~
54 min Leeds General Infirmary
59 min Bradford Royal Infirmary

Random point in time survey (Holmbridge: Fri Jan 22, 2016, 19.16). Times may considerably vary according to traffic, particularly at peak commuter hours, and trans-Pennine weather conditions. PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK CURRENT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS. See different results in eg. Almondbury, Bradley, Denby Dale, Honley, Holme, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, New Mill, Slaithwaite. Note: ~ While A&E exists at Dewsbury and District Hospital it is planned to be downgraded starting autumn 2016 to spring 2017 such that if you attend the A&E department at Dewsbury but you need to be admitted for specialist treatment then you will be transferred to Pinderfields. Live timing data for Dewsbury was not obtained on this occasion and its position in this chart is therefore estimated.

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