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Where can I get details of accommodation in the South Pennines?
The South Pennines takes in parts of Pennine Yorkshire, Pennine Lancashire to the north west and Manchester's Countryside to the south west. Tourism web sites will help you find the perfect place to stay:

Pennine Yorkshire
Visit Lancashire
Manchester Countryside

Can I take my bike on the trains?
Most trains in the south Pennines are operated by Northern Rail. Cyclists can take a bicycle on any train operated by Northern, without charge, where space permits. Most trains can accommodate, at most, two bicycles and it is first come, first served.

First Trans-Pennine Express run the Leeds - Huddersfield - Manchester through trains. They have a similar policy, but will also accept bike reservations. Reservations (at least 24 hours in advance) can be made by phoning 0845 600 1674 or calling at a staffed ticket office.

Where can I legally ride a bike
On bridleways, by-roads and public roads. Special concessionary bridleways have been created in some parts of the South Pennines. Ordnance Survey maps show the routes available to you on their 1:25000 scale Explorer maps.

Are the South Pennines a national park?
A small section of the South Pennines area is within the Peak District National Park, Britain's first ever national park. Most of the South Pennines moorlands have been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Why are the South Pennine moorlands important?
Naturalists and ecologists point out that blanket bog habitats are very important for the plantlife and wildlife they sustain. Peat stores carbon and water, so if peat is allowed to erode more greenhouse gases escape into the atmosphere and there can be flash flooding too. The moorlands of the South Pennines are also important for drinking water storage in reservoirs that are a feature of the landscape.

Check out the Watershed Landscape project on Pennine Prospects.

Where can I find out more about the South Pennines?
There's a great deal of interesting information about this special part of England on the Pennine Prospects website Pennine Prospects

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Routes compiled by Walk England.
© Photography by Steven Morgan,
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