A key role for valley

THE upper Calder Valley is yet again set to play a key part in the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival.

The annual event, which aims to promote sustainable tourism and boost the area’s economy, will feature nearly 30 events across the area from Saturday, September 10 to Sunday, September 25.

Starting with a visit to Cragg Vale to see the home of the notorious Coiners, the action in the upper Calder Valley is rounded off with a historical tour of Midgley Moor.

Also featuring on the tour will be a climb to Stoodley Pike, a walk and ride along Rochdale Canal, a ride ‘Up the Butress’ - as part of the Calderdale Cycling Festival -, a walkabout around Todmorden, a 15-mile loop around the Calder Valley, a Seniors’ Rail Ramble ‘Round Heptonstall, a Treesponsibility Trail, a Lion’s Charity Canal Walk and more.

Some events are free, while others come with a small charge and some need to be booked in advance to ensure a place is secured.

The printed programme, highlighting more than 90 festival-specific events, is widely available from council offices, tourist information centres, libraries and railway stations in and around the South Pennines. Full details of those and a further 40 events can be found on website www.walkandridefestival.co.uk, which will have new events added in the run-up to the festival and will be updated regularly with any changes.