This is the South Pennines

The South Pennines - 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. And so we’ve obliged. We’ve gathered their recommendations of South Pennines places, people and pastimes and created this website.

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’; 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.

The South Pennines is full of surprises. But don’t just take our word for it. Come and discover it for yourself. And if you find something you think we’ve missed - tell us!

Latest news about Business Grants coming to the South Pennines


The South Pennines LEADER Local Action group has been successful in securing £1.286M of funding for projects that will create jobs and economic growth in the rural areas of the […]


Rossendale - the Adrenaline Gateway

Rossendale is a dramatic, undulating landscape peppered with characterful towns and villages. Reservoirs, old stone quarries, textile mills and chimneys are all iconic features of this valley on the Lancashire side of the South Pennines. […]

Framing the Landscape

Photo: Sandie Nicholson

The South Pennines landscape has long inspired and influenced artists, makers and photographers of all genres.  Internationally-renowned painter Ashley Jackson has been painting the moors of Yorkshire and Saddleworth for over […]

Autumn Festivals & Events

South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival (Photo: Steve Morgan)

Season of mellow myths, music and fruitfulness Children returning to school means it’s time for the Norland Scarecrow Festival. The Festival began as a Millenium celebration and is now a popular […]

Love the South Pennines – what’s that all about?


The South Pennines is a special landscape. It is valued by its inhabitants and its visitors. The people who live, work and visit here enjoy walking, riding or cycling across […]

Our South Pennines Champions!

Angela with the South Pennines map.

Love the South Pennines is supported by a range of businesses across the area.  These people are our South Pennines Champions!  Here are a few snippets of information about them, but why […]

Love the South Pennines Projects

Meadow carpet (Photo: Sandie Nicholson)

One of the things that makes the South Pennines special is the commitment and spirit of our many voluntary groups. These people give their time freely and work together to make things […]

Love the South Pennines – a guide for businesses


Love the South Pennines? Of course you do. Our natural environment is vital to many businesses in the South Pennines.  Some rely on it: accommodation providers, cafes, pubs, farm shops, […]

Inspired by Landscape – millstone grit, glass and clay

Potter Edyn Culverwell of Old Stables Studio.(Photo: Steve Morgan)

The South Pennines is home and inspiration to a wealth of writers, artists, crafters, designer-makers and photographers.  There are simply too many to list, but to whet your appetite, here’s […]

Creative South Pennines


The South Pennines is bursting with creativity. Why wouldn’t it be? Our industrial heritage of spinning and weaving lives on in the work of textile artists and designer-makers.  The uplands with […]