Tallest Yorkshire Landmark - Emley Moor Mast


Our recent research into the telecommunications industry led to a fantastic trip up the famous Emley Moor Mast just 2 miles away from the myCloud Media office.


Perched high on the hilltop at Emley Moor, the mast is a well-known and much-loved feature of the West Yorkshire skyline. Seen for miles around, it is a familiar site that welcomes local residents home when travelling on the M1 motorway.


Emley Moor Mast View


Tallest Freestanding Structure in the UK

Located 1 mile west of the small village of Emley, the Emley Moor Mast is a Grade II listed building.  Towering 330m (1,084 ft) high above the West Yorkshire countryside, it is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK, the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the European Union and the 25th tallest tower in the world.   The Shard is the tallest building in the European Union but still smaller at 309.6m (1,016 ft).


View from the top of Emley Moor Mast


Historical Past

The current Emley Moor Mast is the third structure to be built on the site since its inauguration in 1956.  Originally opened by the Independent Television Authority (ITA), the site initially transmitted ITV to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The first structure to be built on the site was a 135m high lattice tower.  After 10 years’ service, this tower was dismantled in 1966 and replaced by a taller model.

The second was a cylindrical tower, measuring 385m high and made from a tubular steel structure.  The mast unexpectedly collapsed on 19th March 1969, thought to be caused by a build-up of ice and about of continuing high winds.


Interior of Emley Moor Mast


Construction of the current tower began in 1969 and was completed in 1971.  Ensuring that the tower would not unexpectedly collapse again, the new tower has a tapered design and was built using reinforced concrete.  On top of the main concrete tower is a 55m tall steel lattice mast which holds the antennae.


Towering Dimensions


View from the foot of Emley Moor Mast


In total, the Emley Moor Mast measures 330m (1,084 ft) tall.  A panoramic viewing platform room is located at 274m (870 ft) with the antenna stretching a further 56m above.

Ensuring the stability of the structure, the foundations penetrate 6m into the ground below and the whole structure weighs a staggering 11,200 tonnes.


Shadow from the top of Emley Moor Mast


Owner and Operators

Although commonly known as the “Emley Moor Mast”, the structure is owned and operated by Arqiva and is the main UHF (Ultra High Frequency) transmitter site for Yorkshire.

With a primary transmission range of approximately 40 miles radius, the Arqiva Tower predominantly covers South and West Yorkshire but also reaches borderline areas of North and East Yorkshire overlapping with the Bilsdale and Belmont transmitters.


Broadcasting Responsibilities

Today, Emley Moor transmitter broadcasts 6 digital TV multiplexes, 3 digital radio bands and 2 independent local radio stations (Capital Yorkshire & Real Radio). It is also the main station for 57 relays and repeaters throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding counties.



myCloud Media would like to thank the Arqiva team at Emley Moor Mast and our guide for our recent visit. The views were absolutely spectacular!


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Article by: Tim Bennett

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