Cinders, you shall go to the ball! (Photo: Mark Davis)
Cinders, you shall go to the ball! (Photo: Mark Davis)

The South Pennines is often referred to as a ‘Cinderella’ landscape.  We’re not casting anyone as an ugly sister, but sitting between two National Parks, our stunning and dramatic landscape has long been overlooked.  Rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects, working with the Tourism Network, commissioned the Local Distinctiveness project to put that right.  We aimed to use the unique characteristics of the South Pennines to develop a sustainable form of tourism – respecting the environment while providing economic and social benefits to its residents.

We needed a map.    A map that would show where the South Pennines was and, crucially, what it was like.  A map that was as non-conformist, quirky and creative as the area itself.  We asked local residents to tell us what was special and different about the South Pennines and then commissioned internationally-acclaimed local artist Angela Smyth to paint it.  You can read more about how Angela set about this mammoth task on her website.

Rebecca gets a preview of the South Pennines painting in Angela's studio.

Rebecca gets a preview of the South Pennines painting in Angela’s studio. (Photo: Sarah Mason)

We also needed a website to store all the facts, fiction and inside knowledge that we discovered and keep on discovering.  This is it.  Please let us know if you think we’ve missed anything.

We’d like to thank everyone who has already shared their recommendations, their passion and their pride for the area.  Thanks also go to our photographers Steve Morgan, Sarah Mason, Mark Davis, Paul Simpson of Fotohebden, Andy Leader of Made in Holmfirth and Paul Haywood for letting us see the South Pennines through their eyes.   And to Chris at youareherecreative for helping us tie it all together with patience and humour.

The rest is up to you.  Come and see us, have a ball (just like Cinders), tell your friends and then come back again.