Festival-goers walk and ride into valley

Walkers at the South Pennines Walk and Cycle Festival enjoy the Todmorden "Green Route"
Walkers at the South Pennines Walk and Cycle Festival enjoy the Todmorden "Green Route"

KEEN walkers and riders have been discovering some of the beautiful parts of the Calder Valley which have featured in this year’s South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival.

The festival, organised by Pennine Prospects, which was launched from Uppermill this year, enjoyed some glorious weather for the first week of events and its organisers hope that walkers, cyclists and horse riders will continue to enjoy wonderful sunshine, in and among the autumnal weather.

The events are all led by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers and this year Calder Valley routes have featured heavily in the programme of the festival as a whole.

Events continue over the next few days, with a Hardcastle Crags railway walk today and a screening of mountain bike films at Hebden Bridge Picture House this evening.

Tomorrow you can head for “The Wild West” on Todmorden’s Centenary Way while there are a number of events over the weekend.

These include, on Saturday, September 22, a Cragg Vale Meander, a Denes and Dales walk over Walshaw, and a Rochdale Canal and Packhorse Trails route from Summit.

Sunday, September 23, sees four more events in our area as the festival draws to a close. These are a Hebden Bridge circular walk via five reservoirs, a Hebden Bridge circular walk via Heptonstall and Hardcastle Crags, and two events linked to Mytholmroyd Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. These are A Laureate’s Landscape: Ted Hughes and a sense of place, and, following on from the walk, a Sense of Place writing workshop which takes place in the afternoon at 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, the house where Hughes, whose acclaimed works include The Hawk In The Rain, Lupercal, Crow, The Iron Man and Remains of Elmet, inspired by the valley’s landscape, grew up.

For full details of any of the walks log on to the website www.walkandridefestival.co.uk - note that some events have to be pre-booked but others you can just turn up on the day.