Unlike other European countries, Mountain Rescue Services within the UK are free of charge, available to all and provided by well trained volunteers who are called out by and assist the police.

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team was called to 78 incidents in 2018, totalling nearly 4,000 hours of service to West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and neighbouring police forces.

The team’s immediate area of response is the southern half of West Yorkshire. Although most incidents involve search and rescue on the moors and hills of West Yorkshire many incidents occur in rural lowland areas such as parks, woods and farmland.

Joining the team

The Holme Valley MRT welcomes applications from people wishing to join the team as a hill member or as a 'Friend'- people who wish to support in other ways.

Contacting the team

If you have any general query or would like to request our attendance at an event please contact our secretary. Media enquiries should be made to our press officer.


Supporting the team

The Holme Valley MRT is a charity supported by donations and receives no direct funding from any official source. You can support us via donations or other methods.

How to call out the team in an emergency

If you need to call us out for you should dial 999, ask for the Police and then ask for Mountain Rescue. We do not accept call outs from any other method.

Take part in our new fundraiser:
Escape From Marsden Stocks!

Friday 30th August 2019 sees the start of a new fundraising event, organised by the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

Starting at Marsden Stocks, in the centre of the village of Marsden where our HQ is based, participants will travel on foot as far as possible away from this location in either 24, 12 or 6 hours.

All participants will be tracked for safety but routes will be their own decision. Tactics as well as stamina will determine the winner in each category!

Find out more here...

The latest news and updates

May 02, 2019

Summary of call outs during April 2019

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team received six call outs in April, with three of these being located in the Wessenden Valley area, near Marsden. Read more
January 15, 2019

Call out: 15th January 2019

2019 Incident #2: the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team has recently returned from a call out to assist West Yorkshire Police with a search for a high risk missing person in the Pontefract area. Read more
December 28, 2018

Call out: 27th December 2018

The Team was called out at 11.30pm on 27th December to assist West Yorkshire Police with a search for an elderly gentleman aged 83. We were also joined by members of the Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team. Read more
November 19, 2018

Call out: 18th November 2018

18th November was a busy Sunday for the team, with a training exercise consisted of three different terrain search locations followed by a call out to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service with a 74 year old lady who had injured her leg whilst walking in woodlands near Hepworth. Read more


Gift ideas from HVMRT

Give the gift of Mountain Rescue...

We have a number of items which would make good Birthday presents or day-to-day gifts:

Rescue Rides

Sunday 14th July 2019: Starts and finishes at our HQ in Marsden

Every year we run our Rescue Rides fundraiser which offers five rides to choose from; they include road and MTB routes plus a family route. Whatever your ability, if you have a bike we have a route that you will enjoy...

More information about Rescue Rides 2019

Contact Us

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

By post:
Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, Emergency House, Manchester Road, Marsden, West Yorkshire HD7 6EY

Email enquiries:
Team secretary:
Media enquiries: