Walk and ride your way around the Valley during fun festival

OUTDOOR pursuits in the upper Calder Valley are set to be showcased when a popular festival returns.

The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival takes place from Saturday, September 8, to Sunday, September 23.

With over 30 walks and rides in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Walsden, Cragg Vale, Mytholmroyd, Widdop and Old Town, the event, organised by the rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects, offers something for everyone,

Mark Turner, director of Pennine Prospects, said: “On behalf of Pennine Prospects, I’d like to thank all the wonderful volunteers, who have such passion for their local area and work so hard to make this one of the best outdoor festivals in the country.”

In total there are over 100 events across the South Pennines, but amongst the highlights in the upper Calder Valley are; Up the Buttress in Heptonstall, Birds of the Moors in Todmorden, Equilates! in Hebden Bridge, The Pennines By-Cycle in Walsden, and The Cragg Vale Coiners in Cragg Vale.

An event spokesperson said: “Families can explore the area using satellite technology through geocaching, find out about sustainable food production along Incredible Edible Todmorden’s green route, or discover the wildlife, birds and globally important peat-land habitat of the uplands.

“The festival will help to introduce people to the wealth of local businesses including the many local breweries producing prize winning real ales, superb tea-rooms and cafes offering the best in refreshments, pubs and restaurants catering for every taste and budget and fantastic places to stay.

“And these businesses link back to their own areas by using the best in locally produced food and goods.”

Funding for the festival is being made available through the South Pennines LEADER programme (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.

Some events can be pre-booked, but for others you can just turn up on the day. For more information, visit the festival website at www.walkandridefestival.co.uk.