Holme Moss

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Holme Moss
Holme Moss Transmitter - geograph.org.uk - 378182.jpg
Elevation 524 m (1,719 ft)
Location
Holme Moss is located in West Yorkshire
Holme Moss
Holme Moss
Location of Holme Moss in West Yorkshire
Location Holme Valley,
West Yorkshire,
England
Range South Pennines
OS grid SE095040
Coordinates 53°31′58.87″N 1°51′26.61″W / 53.5330194°N 1.8573917°W / 53.5330194; -1.8573917Coordinates: 53°31′58.87″N 1°51′26.61″W / 53.5330194°N 1.8573917°W / 53.5330194; -1.8573917

Holme Moss (1,719 feet/524 m a.s.l.[1]) is a moor in the South Pennines of England, on the border between the High Peak district of Derbyshire and the Kirklees district of West Yorkshire. It is just inside the boundary of the Peak District National Park. The moor is crossed by the A6024 road between Longdendale and Holmfirth, whose highest point is near the prominent mast of Holme Moss transmitting station.[1]

Geology[edit]

The water seeping from the surrounding moorland Rake Dike is the source of the River Holme. Rake Dike rising from Kay Edge on the moor flows through the village of Holme and into Brownhill Reservoir, about a mile below the moor, and passes down through the Holme Valley to Huddersfield, where it flows into the River Colne. The upper part of the moor continues into Black Hill which is crossed by the Pennine Way north–south footpath.

Transmitting station[edit]

Holme Moss radio transmitter

The Holme Moss transmitting station is the highest in England and provides VHF coverage of both FM and DAB to a wide area around the transmitter including Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. When originally erected it also transmitted television signals, which travelled much further than their intended service area. They were received on the Isle of Man and in parts of the Irish Republic, mainly Dublin and Wicklow. Emley Moor (55.44°, 15.53 km) and Moorside Edge (348.22°, 11.56 km) transmitters can be seen from the location.


View from Holme Moss

Sports[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The Holmfirth Harriers Athletics Club organise an annual "Holme Moss Fell Race" on and around Holme Moss in the summer. The race starts at Cartworth Moor cricket ground, crosses Ramsden Clough to Holme Moss, crosses and descends to Crowden before returning via Bareholme Moss, Laddow Rocks and Black Hill. It is a classic local race.

In the winter Holme Moss frequently gets a covering of snow, while the surrounding valleys do not. The top car park is a popular spot for bringing children to do sledging, or even more serious snowsports. With heavier snowfall, the road over the moor is usually the first in the area to be blocked. This is not helped by two local councils needing to keep the road clear of snow across the moor. Kirklees Highways dept will clear its side of road as far as the border with Derbyshire. Derbyshire County Council Highways Authority are responsible for clearing the southern side of the road.[2]

Holme Moss in winter, viewed from Ramsden Road

Cycling[edit]

To British cycling enthusiasts, Holme Moss has become synonymous with the A6024 (Woodhead Road) which crosses the moor, between the village of Holmbridge to the north and the Woodhead Reservoir to the south. The northern side in particular is one of England's best known bicycle ascents, and has acquired a reputation as among the country's more difficult climbs. It has often been used for domestic competition in British road racing[3] and mountain biking.[4]

Details of the climbs[edit]

Starting from Holmfirth, to the north, the climb is 7 km (4.3 mi) long, gaining 394 m (1,293 ft) in altitude, at an average gradient of 5.6%, although the penultimate kilometre is at a gradient of 11%.[5]

From the south, the climb starts at the junction with the A628, from where it is 4 km (2.5 mi) long, with a height gain of 274 m (899 ft) at an average gradient of 6.9%.[6]

"Le Col de Moss" bicycle race[edit]

Although not comparable in distance to the famous cols of European bicycle racing, the length and difficulty of Holme Moss relative to other British climbs has made it a frequent and popular inclusion in British races, including the Tour of Britain. For many years the (now defunct) Leeds Classic race saw internationally renowned riders (many of them, such as Bjarne Riis, veterans of the Tour de France, hence the moniker Le Col de Moss) tackling the climb.[4][7]

Tour de France[edit]

The second stage of the 2014 Tour de France followed the route across the Pennines to Derbyshire.[8] The leader over the summit was Blel Kadri from France.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey. OL1 Dark Peak Area (Map). 1:25000. Explorer. http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=409627&Y=403680&A=Y&Z=115. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Roads and traffic". Derbyshire County Council. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Snake Pass & Holme Moss Loop". British Cycling.org.uk. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Le Col de Moss". Mountain Bike Rider. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Holme Moss - Holmfirth". climbbybike. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Holme Moss - A 628 - Barnsley". climbbybike. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tour de France 2014: Stage 2 – Steep stuff with 33% at Jenkins Road". Cycling Stage.com. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Fortheringham, William (17 January 2013). "Tour de France 2014: Leeds chosen for start as English route is unveiled". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Shark attack in Sheffield". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.