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!

We came, we saw, we did making and doing…


On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2014  hundreds of people –  men, women, children; local residents and visitors – rolled up their sleeves and took part in the first ever South […]


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 […]

Hebden Bridge

Photo: Sarah Mason

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 […]

Take it away…packed lunches, picnics and chips!

Diggle Chippy - in Diggle! (Photo: Sarah Mason)

Our favourite places for food on the move. We all have days when we just can’t wait to get out on the moors,  trails and canal paths.  Days when we don’t […]

The South Pennines


A special landscape