Black Hill

The 46 hectare site at Black Hill, owned by Yorkshire Water, in the north of the Peak District National Park marks the summit between the Longdendale and Holme Valleys.


Much of the moorland vegetation had been lost, due to 150 years of air-borne industrial pollution and wild fires – and left only bare black peat.

Conservation work started in 2003 through the Heritage Lottery Fund scheme.

The work was built on by the MoorLIFE project which saw 50 million sphagnum fragments spread on the moorland to re-introduce Sphagnum moss – a key peat-building moss.


Map of the MoorLIFE site on Black Hill with access point marked Black Hill is near the Holme Moss transmitter and can be accessed from the A6024 Woodhead - Holmfirth Road. It lies on the Pennine Way and just off the Kirklees Way.

Sphagnum moss is key to the survival of our moorlands

Sphagnum moss

Merlin (Falco columbarius)  is of European importance


New layer of vegetation post-restoration works.


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