Visit the stunning South Pennines and stay longer
The South Pennines is a wild, wonderful and occasionally wuthering landscape at the place where Yorkshire and Lancashire collide. The people who live here describe it as 'spectacular', 'inspiring', 'breathtaking' and 'dramatic.' 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?
You may have already heard about some parts of the South Pennines. ‘The Times’ recently declared Hebden Bridge as "the coolest place to live"; Holmfirth is known worldwide thanks to Nora Batty and ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, together with more recent and very successful television programmes such as the Last Tango in Halifax and the award-winning Happy Valley; the former spa town of Ilkley still draws visitors for its gentle elegance and visitors flock to Haworth to connect with the Brontes.
But the South Pennines are also the dramatic setting for other hidden gems including Todmorden, the Saddleworth villages, Marsden, Slaithwaite, Littleborough and Ripponden. Many people come here for the beer, others to seek inspiration from the area's creativity, take part in a festival or walk, cycle and ride across our rugged landscape.
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.