10 great walks in the South Pennines
PUBLISHED: 09:25 09 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 25 April 2020
The South Pennines are enjoyed by residents on both sides of the Lancashire/Yorkshire border.
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.
This walk starts out in the centre of Bacup and heads north, passing by sections of the Irwell Sculpture Trail and the Rossendale Way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Hebden Bridge and take in some of the Pennine Bridleway path.
Follow an ancient route linking Marsden to neighbouring Lancashire, you will pass reservoirs and trig points that highlight the diverse landscape.
Stride out along moorland tracks and old packhorse routes that cross the wide open spaces of the South Pennines near Todmorden.
Rediscover some of the most visited moorlands in Yorkshire high above the spa town of Ilkley.
Tread in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters across rocky paths and wind-scoured grasses near Haworth.