WELCOME TO THE 2013 WALK & RIDE FESTIVAL WEBSITE
BROUGHT TO YOU BY PENNINE PROSPECTS
Its INCREDIBLE news that the Second Stage of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France will be zig zagging through the South Pennines in July 2014. We are starting to plan an extravaganza of events to get you in training in 2013's festival and of course we will be doing a huge amount of celebrating in 2014. We are looking forward to being part of what is sure to be the UKs most successful and exciting cycling event ever.
Put the dates 7th to the 22nd September 2013 in your diary and count down the days to the next South Pennine Walk and Ride Festival. With over 100 opportunities this year to explore our stunning landscape – whether on foot, on cycle or on horseback – we’re sure you’ll find something to get you reaching for your boots, your lycra or your stirrups!
Right now you can join in with 30 Days of Biking in April, and do have a look at our Facebook page or follow us @walkandridefest #southpennines on Twitter. We also have a Blog which you can access through Facebook and twitter to find out what's been going on. And you can sign up to our newsletter to find out about events in the South Pennines this summer.
Whether you want to wander through woodland, clamber over crags, bike to a brewery or trot to a tearoom, all this and more will be on offer at Walk and Ride Festival 2013. ther will be myriad opportunities to support our local economy too, by eating at one of the many cafes, pubs and tearooms that feature on event routes, by buying locally-made arts and crafts in our towns and villages and getting spares for your bike or a new piece of kit for yourself at the many bike shops and outdoor outlets in the South Pennines. Many of these outlets are listed on our Providers page.
The South Pennines has lots to offer residents and visitors alike and we want to help you experience it with all the senses. The Festival events offer opportunities to see the tapestry of colours on our moorland, to hear the cry of the curlew, to trace the words carved into rock on the Stanza Stone trail, to taste local produce and to smell the aromas of brewing and baking.
If you missed last years Festival, bookmark this site, tell your family and friends, and we'll see you in September 2013.
A REALLY Big THANKYOU
The Festival wouldn't happen without hordes of volunteers putting in huge amounts of time and energy. Pennine Prospects would like to thank all those volunteers, host organisations and local businesses that help bring the Festival together every year.
We would also like to thank the organisations that have sponsored this year's Festival, particularly Northern Rail and Mobisec.
Finally we would like to thank YOU - our walkers, riders and cyclists - for supporting the Festival and our beautiful South Pennines area. The events wouldn't be half as much fun if we had to do them on our own.