Welcome to The South Pennines

Our fourth Walk and Ride Festival lived up to its promise as another great event in the UK outdoor’s calendar, establishing the South Pennines as an area that can match many better known areas when it comes to stunning scenery and outdoor activity.
Our opening event was hosted in Ilkley by the local Walkers are Welcome group. Kate Ashbrook, Patron of Walkers are Welcome as well as a Trustee of The Ramblers, gave a rousing opening presentation!

The Walk and Ride Festival Programme 2010 provided something for everyone – short, medium and long walks, various cycle rides and horse rides and for the first time there were backpacking walks that spanned two days and included a night out under canvas.

This year was special for Pennine Prospects because we were celebrating the start of the Watershed Landscape Project, which will run from April 2010 to April 2014, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Pennine Prospects. The Watershed Landscape Project focuses on the story of the South Pennines uplands. We also took the opportunity to celebrate The Ramblers 75th Anniversary year and the Year of Biodiversity through special events marked in the programme.

The 2010 programme included interpretive walks to places of geological and archaeological interest, various talks, and themed events focusing on special aspects of South Pennines life and landscapes such as built heritage and wildlife recording as well as how to pick and cook mushrooms (cooking session included)

A HUGE thank you to all our walk leaders who gave up their time to arrange the events! Most events were free although for some, places were limited and it was necessary to book.

If you took part and particularly enjoyed any events or have any comments to make about how we can improve the festival please email sue.leffman@calderdale.gov.uk

See you in September 2011.

Featured Events

The 2011 South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival will be held 10th to 25th September 2011 Please download the 2010 programme PDF below to get an idea of the sort of events that are likely to be held in 2011.

2010 Programme

South Pennines Walk And Ride Festival programme 2010

Download the 2010 programme brochure in PDF format.

Walking Activities In The South Pennines Cycling Activities In The South Pennines Riding Activities In The South Pennines
Pennine ProspectsNorthwest Regional Development AgencyYorkshire ForwardDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural AffairsSouth Pennines LEADER ProgrammeEuropean agricultural fund for regional development

The funding for the Festival and this website 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 is managed by Yorkshire Forward in the Yorkshire and Humber region.