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Royd Moor
Royd Moor is a high ridge about three miles west of Penistone. It is notable for its thirteen wind turbines which are visible for a great distance to the north. This also makes it a very good location for views. The extreme panoramic view below is an amalgam of about twelve photographs stitched together. It was taken in 2005 from the road at Royd Moor which leads to Thurlstone. Click on it for a wide version (3856 x 257 px, 355 kB) or download the very wide full version (15426 x 1029 px, 2.8 MB). On these full versions, you can see the mast of Emley moor on the left side and the usual Penistone landmarks of the railway viaduct and Penistone Church on the right side if you scroll the picture the whole way across the screen.

Extreme Panaoramic view 2005

In fact there is now a viewing platform at Royd Moor with some very good views. On a clear day, it is easilty possible to see the cooling towers of generating stations at Eggborough, Selby and Drax and various features towards Leeds in the north and east towards the Barnsley area. The white buildings and chimney of Barnsley hospital are easy to pick out.

By far the most prominent landmark around is the graceful tower of Emley Moor transmitting station, which stands more than twice the height of Blackpool tower (518ft) at a dizzy 1,084 feet. It radiates digital tv channels, PMR, the amateur radio beacon 'MLE' and some local radio stations. National radio stations come from the tower of Holme Moss which is normally visible to the other side of the turbines.

IngbirchworthRoyd Moor wind farm
Penistone from Royd Moor
Scout DikeWind Turbines

Top view is the tv tower of Emley Moor, with Ingbirchworth in the foreground. The middle picture looks towards Penistone, with the viaduct clearly visible. Bottom-left is a view towards Scout Dike reservoir, showing the block of executive houses which were built there a couple of years ago. The remaining views are, of course, the wind turbines of Royd Moor. Just down the road is a rough patch of ground which is very popular with bilberry-pickers each August.

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