Pennines festival with walking, riding and wine?!

There are plenty of events with something to suit everyone
There are plenty of events with something to suit everyone

The South Pennines will be the main focus for walkers, runners and riders this September as a festival promises to have something for everyone.

The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival will showcase the stunning landscape with nearly 150 events ranging from historical graveyard tours to Happy Valley walks.

This year’s festival is being managed by rural regeneration company Pennine Prospects and starts on September 10 and ends September 25.

Adele Adams, Walk and Ride Festival Co-ordinator said: “We have something for everyone this year.

“Whether you’re a seasoned walker, a keen horse rider or someone wanting to try a new activity or sport we’ll have an event for you.”

One of the events for experienced walkers is walking the Calderdale Way over six non-consecutive days but there are also some non-traditional events.

Adele said: “We even have a Yorkshire Wineathlon from Thurstonland Cricket Club; a nine mile run with wine stations every two miles, complete with samples. That’s going to be a popular event.”

Local events include a historical walk of Todmorden, visiting the site where Chartists demanded the right to vote, and a ride to Happy Valley where fans of the hit BBC programme can ride to some of the show’s locations.

For those wanting to combine nature with tasty delights there is a gentle walk from Craggies at Cragg Vale which includes a visit to the Little Valley Brewery Off-License.

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