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South Pennines - Walk Cycle Ride

Want to go walking, cycling, mountain biking or horse riding in the South Pennines? You've come to the right place. We have lots of routes for all ages and abilities, from a quiet stroll along the canal towpath, to a bike ride that will test your endurance and provide a few white knuckle moments. Whats more we celebrate all this in our South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival in September every year - put the date in your diary and sign up here to receive our Festival Newsletter so you're in the know, and the first to know!

The South Pennines is a wild, wonderful and occasionally wuthering landscape at the place where Yorkshire and Lancashire collide. A land of steep-sided valleys, heather-covered moorland, canals, reservoirs and packhorse trails. The people who live here describe it as 'spectacular', 'inspiring', 'breathtaking' and 'dramatic.' It's a place where you'll find intense local pride - people who are passionate about the area and want to share what they know. You'll find out much more about the South Pennine places, people and pastimes on the South Pennines website.

Did you know we have the kilometre square with the densest network of public paths in England? We also have the most access land of anywhere in England outside a National Park AND the longest continuous uphill road climb (and descent too of course) out of Cragg Vale towards Littleborough. Amazing eh?

We also have a 47 mile Stanza Stones trail between Marsden and Ilkley, Reservoir Trails in Saddleworth and around Hollingworth Lake, or arty walks in the vibrant town of Holmfirth.

Cyclists and mountain bikers are spoiled for choice too: two national cycle routes come our way, whilst there's ample opportunity for off-road adventure on the Pennine moorland bridleways. Try the 47 mile Mary Townley Loop, where accommodation is available for you and your bike along the way.

Horse-riders can follow the routes once trodden by packhorse trains, carrying cloth across the Pennine moors. The Pennine Bridleway and the Mary Townley Loop give the opportunity for long distance rides for the fitter horse and rider. Again, accommodation is available for horse and rider, on or near the routes.

So - what's not to like? See you out there soon.

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Routes compiled by Walk England.
© Photography by Steven Morgan,
all images © Pennine Prospects.
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