10 great walks in the South Pennines

Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough

Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough - Credit: Archant

The South Pennines are enjoyed by residents on both sides of the Lancashire/Yorkshire border.

Ilkley moor by Juliette Howick

Ilkley moor by Juliette Howick - Credit: Archant

Nobody quite knows where the South Pennines starts and finishes, as it isn't a designated national like the Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales, so its designation is very much open to interpretation.

Straddling the Yorkshire and Lancashire border, the South Pennines' western portion encompasses Burnley, Ramsbottom, Littleborough and Rawtenstall, while Yorkshire towns include Hebden Bridge, Haworth, Keighley and Todmorden.

We pick our favourite walks that explore the beauty and diversity of the region from both sides of the border.


Irwell Valley path, Bacup

Irwell Valley path, Bacup - Credit: Keith Carter

Bacup
This walk starts out in the centre of Bacup and heads north, passing by sections of the Irwell Sculpture Trail and the Rossendale Way.
Click here to view the details of the, Bacup walk


The view from Boulsworth Hill

The view from Boulsworth Hill - Credit: Archant

Boulsworth Hill
Trawden is a village situated just south-east of Colne. This walk takes you to the summit of Boulsworth Hill and rewards you with stunning panoramic views of the South Pennines.
Click here to view the details of the Trawden and Boulsworth Hill walk


Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough

Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough - Credit: Archant

Hollingworth Lake
Littleborough is synonymous with Hollingworth Lake, a great starting point for walks in the area due to its proximity to the Rochdale Canal, the Pennine Bridleway, the Rochdale Way and the Weighvers Way, some or all of which can be included in a days walk.
Click here to view the details of the Hollingworth Lake and Littleborough walk


Foulridge reservoir

Foulridge reservoir - Credit: Archant

Foulridge
This walk is very much water-themed, for the early part it follows a section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, then passes by Foulridge Reservoir and the wharf.
Click here to view the details of the Foulridge walk


The Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley

The Singing Ringing Tree, Burnley - Credit: Archant

Burnley
This walk starts out at Towneley Park in Burnley, passes through a section of the Wayside Arts Trail and takes you to the summit of Crown Point, where the Singing Ring Tree Panopticon is located.
Click here to view the details of the Burnley Singing Ringing Tree walk


Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge - Credit: Archant

Hebden Bridge
Explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Hebden Bridge and take in some of the Pennine Bridleway path.
Click here to view the details of the Hebden Bridge walk


Redbrook Reservoir and Pule Hill

Redbrook Reservoir and Pule Hill - Credit: Archant

Marsden Moor
Follow an ancient route linking Marsden to neighbouring Lancashire, you will pass reservoirs and trig points that highlight the diverse landscape.
Click here to view the details of the Marsden Moor and Standedge walk


Stoodley Pike

Stoodley Pike - Credit: Archant

Todmorden
Stride out along moorland tracks and old packhorse routes that cross the wide open spaces of the South Pennines near Todmorden.
Click to view the details of the Todmorden and Stoodley Pike walk


Cow and calf, Ilkley

Cow and calf, Ilkley - Credit: Archant

Ilkley Moor
Rediscover some of the most visited moorlands in Yorkshire high above the spa town of Ilkley.
Click here to view the details of the Ilkley Moor and Cow and Calf walk


Top Withens, Haworth by Raymond Rickaby

Top Withens, Haworth by Raymond Rickaby - Credit: Archant

Haworth
Tread in the footsteps of the Bronte sisters across rocky paths and wind-scoured grasses near Haworth.
Click here to view the details of the Haworth Bronte history walk