Did you know the South Pennines is home to the kilometre square with the densest network of public paths in England? We also have the most access land of anywhere in England outside a National Park AND the longest continuous uphill road climb (and descent too of course) out of Cragg Vale towards Littleborough. Not bad eh?
Cyclists and mountain bikers are spoiled for choice too: two national cycle routes come our way, whilst there’s ample opportunity for off-road adventure on the Pennine moorland bridleways. Try the 47 mile Mary Townley Loop, where accommodation is available for you and your bike along the way.
Horse-riders can follow the routes once trodden by packhorse trains, carrying cloth across the Pennine moors. The Pennine Bridleway and the Mary Townley Loop give the opportunity for long distance rides for the fitter horse and rider. Again, accommodation is available for horse and rider, on or near the routes.
If you don’t want to go it alone, why not visit during the South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival? The event takes place each September and the full programme of events can be found at www.walkandridefestival.co.uk