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10 great walks in the South Pennines

PUBLISHED: 09:25 09 January 2017 | UPDATED: 19:03 02 August 2018

Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough

Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough

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The South Pennines are enjoyed by residents on both sides of the Lancashire/Yorkshire border.

Ilkley moor by Juliette HowickIlkley moor by Juliette Howick

Nobody quite knows where the South Pennines starts and finishes, as it isn’t a designated national like the Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales, so its designation is very much open to interpretation.

Straddling the Yorkshire and Lancashire border, the South Pennines’ western portion encompasses Burnley, Ramsbottom, Littleborough and Rawtenstall, while Yorkshire towns include Hebden Bridge, Haworth, Keighley and Todmorden.

We pick our favourite walks that explore the beauty and diversity of the region from both sides of the border.

Irwell Valley path, BacupIrwell Valley path, Bacup

Bacup

This walk starts out in the centre of Bacup and heads north, passing by sections of the Irwell Sculpture Trail and the Rossendale Way.

Irwell Valley path, Bacup walk

The view from Boulsworth HillThe view from Boulsworth Hill

Boulsworth Hill

Trawden is a village situated just south-east of Colne. This walk takes you to the summit of Boulsworth Hill and rewards you with stunning panoramic views of the South Pennines.

Trawden and Boulsworth Hill walk

Hollingworth Lake, LittleboroughHollingworth Lake, Littleborough

Hollingworth Lake

Littleborough is synonymous with Hollingworth Lake, a great starting point for walks in the area due to its proximity to the Rochdale Canal, the Pennine Bridleway, the Rochdale Way and the Weighvers Way, some or all of which can be included in a days walk.

Hollingworth Lake and Littleborough walk

Foulridge reservoirFoulridge reservoir

Foulridge

This walk is very much water-themed, for the early part it follows a section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, then passes by Foulridge Reservoir and the wharf.

Foulridge walk

The Singing Ringing Tree, BurnleyThe Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley

Burnley

This walk starts out at Towneley Park in Burnley, passes through a section of the Wayside Arts Trail and takes you to the summit of Crown Point, where the Singing Ring Tree Panopticon is located.

Burnley Singing Ringing Tree walk

Hebden BridgeHebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge

Explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Hebden Bridge and take in some of the Pennine Bridleway path.

Hebden Bridge walk

Redbrook Reservoir and Pule HillRedbrook Reservoir and Pule Hill

Marsden Moor

Follow an ancient route linking Marsden to neighbouring Lancashire, you will pass reservoirs and trig points that highlight the diverse landscape.

Marsden Moor and Standedge walk

Stoodley PikeStoodley Pike

Todmorden

Stride out along moorland tracks and old packhorse routes that cross the wide open spaces of the South Pennines near Todmorden.

Todmorden and Stoodley Pike walk

Cow and calf, IlkleyCow and calf, Ilkley

Ilkley Moor

Rediscover some of the most visited moorlands in Yorkshire high above the spa town of Ilkley.

Ilkley Moor and Cow and Calf walk

Top Withens, Haworth by Raymond RickabyTop Withens, Haworth by Raymond Rickaby

Haworth

Tread in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters across rocky paths and wind-scoured grasses near Haworth.

Haworth Bronte history walk

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