Walk & Ride our stunning South Pennine landscape

Posted: 12.03.12

The stunning South Pennines landscape offers all those wishing to get fit and healthy the perfect place in which to walk or ride.

With challenging terrain for mountain bikes, long distance footpaths and bridleways through beautiful countryside the South Pennines is great for those already keen to enjoy the outdoors but there’s plenty of shorter routes for those starting out, either to fight the flab or just to get fit in 2012.

To help everyone find their ideal route the Walk and Ride website is a great place to start the search. It’s free to access and offers over 200 routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, of all different abilities.

More routes are being added all the time and Sue Leffman, Walk, Cycle, Ride project officer, has invited anyone with a potential route to contact her through the website. “We’re always looking for new routes, for the website,” explained Sue. “Please get in touch if you have an idea for a route or visit our website to find a walk, cycle or horse riding route and go out to enjoy the South Pennines now; why wait?”

The South Pennines, on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, is an exhilarating area of upland gritstone and heather moor, cut by tranquil wooded valleys, and offers some of the finest walking, cycling and riding opportunities in England. The area encompasses rural communities such as Marsden and Holmfirth, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, Ilkley and Haworth on the Yorkshire side; Littleborough and Hollingworth Lake, Diggle Delph and Denshaw in Lancashire.

The South Pennines Walk, Cycle, Ride website offers a free resource for anyone wishing to enjoy the South Pennines. The fifth annual South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival will be held between September 8 and 23 this year. It will be launched from one of the Saddleworth villages and will feature events throughout the South Pennines area.

The funding for this project is being made available through the South Pennines LEADER programme (Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.

Yorkshire Water United Utilities Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council National Farmers Union
South Pennines Association Lancashire County Council Pennine Heritage Kirklees Council Calderdale Council
Bradford District Council Northern Rail Natural England Environment Agency The National Trust