Popular Destinations

The South Pennines takes in parts of Bradford, Calderdale, Craven and Kirklees in Yorkshire and Burnley, Pendle, and Rossendale in Lancashire and Oldham and Rochdale in Greater Manchester. Its moorland core is designated the South Pennines Heritage Area.

Within or bordering the South Pennines Heritage Area, focal points include:


Cosmopolitan Victorian city; National Media Museum; David Hockney gallery at World Heritage Site: Saltaire. www.visitbradford.com


Haworth village is situated at the edge of the Pennine moors in West Yorkshire, the area made famous by the Bronte sisters, known as Bronte country. www.haworth-village.org.uk


Unique Queen Street Mill; canalside Weavers’ Triangle; historic houses; award winning shopping and festivals; arts venue Burnley Mechanics. www.visitburnley.com


Conservation Quarter and superb Georgian Piece Hall for speciality shopping; EUREKA! the Museum for Children; Dean Clough and Square Chapel arts venues.

Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden

Linked by the Rochdale Canal, the Pennine heritage towns of the scenic Upper Calder Valley, birthplace of poet Ted Hughes.


Classic ‘Last of the Summer Wine Country’; Marsden: home of League of Gentlemen; Huddersfield Narrow Canal and Standedge Tunnel.


“The creative town” boasting a great Media Centre and national Contemporary Music Festival; Victorian civic architecture including open market.


Roman and former spa town at the foot of famous Ilkley Moor Baht ’At; riverside Dales Way to Bolton Abbey. www.visitilkley.com


Fine museums and refurbished library; Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (The Railway Children) to world literary shrine Haworth and the moors of Bronte Country.

Nelson and Colne

Pendle Hill heart of Lancashire Witch Country; mill shopping; Bancroft Mill Engine; Leeds & Liverpool Canal;


‘King Cotton’ town starring new Gallery Oldham; gateway to Uppermill on Huddersfield Narrow Canal and historic villages of Saddleworth. www.visitoldham.co.uk


Capital of Rossendale’s ‘Golden Valley’; Helmshore Textile Museums; Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail; hub of the East Lancashire Railway. http://www.visitrossendale.com/


‘On the Pennine Edge’; new Touchstones arts centre; Rochdale Pioneers Museum; Ellenroad Engine House; Rochdale Canal and Hollingworth Lake. www.rochdale.gov.uk


Legendary Settle-Carlisle Railway; Dales country markets; Skipton Castle; nearby Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. www.skiptononline.co.uk