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!

Stunning, surprising and different


Slow down and stay a while


Explore, enjoy, taste and discover


A warm welcome awaits


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 […]


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 […]

True Stories


  The Cragg Vale Coiners were a notorious gang of counterfeiters near Hebden Bridge whose activities came close to wrecking the currency of Britain. They removed the edges of gold coins and melted […]

Walk, Cycle, Ride


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 […]

Flavours to savour…


Locally-made produce to put in your picnics (or take home to the person feeding your cat). Bread is the staff of life.  For bread so-good-you-have-to-eat-it-all-in-one-go, we love The Handmade Bakery in […]

Sweets and treats.

Got a sweet tooth?  Head for Mrs Beighton's. (Photo: Mark Davis)

Part of being away is indulging yourself and the South Pennines has enough treats to keep you going for months. Read on to discover some of our guilty pleasures…. Have your cake […]



If you’re here for the beer, you’ve come to the right place… The South Pennines area has an incredible concentration of independent micro-breweries and good pubs. Alongside well-known names like Timothy Taylor, […]