Your chance to step out with us

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Blow away the winter cobwebs with a walk across the tops or an exhilarating cycle ride in the South Pennines over the New Year.

During this period there are a number of cycling events and organised walks taking place in the South Pennines - perhaps the chance to walk off some of those surplus Christmas pounds!

In addition, for those who may wish to explore independently the Walk, Cycle, Ride website at has hundreds of rides and walks making it an invaluable free online resource.

For example, anyone interested in the history of Luddenden Foot there will be a guided walk organised by Calderdale Heritage Walks. Participants are asked to meet David Cant outside the Civic Centre, Station Road, at 2pm on Sunday, January 5. The walk will cost £3 per person.

“There are so many opportunities to go out into the countryside to enjoy the South Pennines landscape,” said Mark Turner, director of Pennine Prospects, the rural regeneration company that organises the annual South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival. “If you’re stuck for ideas why not join one of the many guided events taking place or visit the walk, cycle, ride website which has hundreds of routes to choice from.”

“The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival, which proved bigger and better than ever before, may be over for another year but the online resource is still there for everyone to enjoy.”

Next year’s South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival will take place between Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 21.