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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. […]

Haworth Parsonage  (Photo: Mark Davis)


Haworth is known the world over as the home of the Brontës.  Which it is.  It would be strange not to mention them when telling you about Haworth.  But there are […]

Photo: Sarah Mason

Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge takes its name from the packhorse bridge over Hebden Water. Recently declared ‘the coolest place to live in Britain’ by The Times, and one-time winner of the Best Town in Britain […]

Holmfirth - not just  wrinkled stockings (Photo: Andy Leader)


Visitors from across the world come to Holmfirth in search of Nora Batty and her wrinkled stockings, but there’s more to this pretty town than its links with Last of the Summer […]

The Victorian Arcade, Ilkley (Photo: Sarah Mason)


  Ilkley’s name is well-known thanks to the Yorkshire anthem, ‘On Ilkla Mooar Baht ‘At’, which tells the tale of a man courting Mary Jane on the moors without a hat, […]

Cherry blossom in Hare Hill Park (Photo: Paul Haywood)


Littleborough shelters beneath the slope of Blackstone Edge and has a history of both wool and cotton weaving.  It retains its village atmosphere and the stone-built heart of the town looks […]

Standedge Tunnel, Marsden (Photo: Andy Leader)


There’s more to Marsden than at first meets the eye.  This Colne Valley village brings together much that is emblematic of the South Pennines: stunning moorland, abundant wildlife, water (the canal, not […]


Saddleworth is a pretty cluster of  stone-built villages on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border.  Diggle, Dobcross, Delph, Denshaw, Greenfield and Uppermill (just when you were thinking they all had to begin with D) are all steeped […]



Affectionately referred to as ‘Odmorden’ by some of its residents, Todmorden means ‘valley of the Marsh Fox’ and  is situated at the meeting point of three steep valleys on the […]


More South Pennines places

Addingham According to locals, the scenery starts to ‘get bigger’ in Addingham.   Green fields mingle with a wealth of old and interesting buildings. Slow down.  Listen to the river or the call of […]