Walk & Ride Festival South Pennines
WELCOME TO THE WALK & RIDE FESTIVAL 2015 WEBSITE
The programme for this year’s South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival which takes place between Saturday 12th September and Sunday 27th September is now available! You can stroll through all the events on our events pages on this site or pick up a copy of the Festival brochure at information points across the South Pennines.
Download the 2015 Festival Guide
We are also excited to announce that we have an additional event on Sunday 13th September 2015 at 16.15pm in Hebden Bridge Picture House. It is a special screening of the Montane Spine Race film by Summit Fever. Notorious amongst ultra athletes for the grit, endurance and determination needed to complete it, the Montane Spine Race is a gruelling 7 day race from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, encompassing the entire length of the Pennine Way in the UK. Competitors race non-stop on foot in the depths of British winter and its unpredictable weather. Encountering deep snow, ice, bogs, strong winds, mud and lashing rain, athletes are tried and tested to their limits as they climb 3,000ft higher than Mount Everest in ascents and battle sleep deprivation, muscular fatigue and exposure in a terrific show of courage and strength. This screening gives you the opportunity to meet and question Matt Green, one of the film makers who will introduce the film.
We hope to welcome festival regulars back to the South Pennines and encourage new visitors to the fantastic landscape of the South Pennines. If you would like to visit the South Pennines before the festival please have a look at the amazing range of routes for the walker, cyclist and rider on our Walk and Ride Website.
New to the South Pennines?
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. 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?
The following videos provide a taster of what the South Pennines has to offer to the cyclist on and around the Pennine Bridleway.
Stay Longer - don't just come for the Festival. The Visit Calderdale website allows you to build your own package of events, including those in this Festival, to make your stay in the area as widely varied and exciting as possible.
Coverage of the Yorkshire Grand Depart of the Tour de France 2014 sent images of the South Pennines around the world. The second stage of the race provided a fantastic showcase for the South Pennines. The Walk & Ride Festival provides the ideal opportunity to explore the route of the race and the South Pennines more widely.
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