Welcome to the South Pennines!
The South Pennines is where Lancashire and Yorkshire collide: the wild and wonderful landscape between the Yorkshire Dales to the North and the Peak District to the South. 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 love their area and want to share some of their secrets – this website is full of their insider recommendations. Let us know if you have more to add!
Some parts of the South Pennines are already well known: The Times
recently declared Hebden Bridge
as “the coolest place to live”; Holmfirth
attracts countless visitors thanks to Nora Batty and Last of the Summer Wine
; visitors love to arrive in Haworth
on a Keighley and Worth Valley steam train to discover the landscape that inspired the Brontes; and now “vegetable tourists” are coming to explore Todmorden
! The former spa town of Ilkley
still draws vsitors for its gentle elegance.
The South Pennines are also the dramatic setting for other hidden gems
such as Sowerby Bridge, the Saddleworth villages, Marsden, Slaithwaite, Littleborough and Ripponden. Many visitors come here for the beer
, others to seek inspiration from the area’s creativity
, take part in a festival
, appreciate the natural environment
or walk, cycle and ride across the rugged moorland . Come and see us soon!