Still plenty to get out there and do!
The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival still has more than another week of activities to go, so there is still plenty to get out there and do!
Among activities already undertaken was the Hamper and Ride festival in Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge, just one of a number in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale areas which continue to be right at the heart of things.
This continues this week with a wider range of events from today.
On Friday, September 13, the main event in our area is the Star Trek at Todmorden, a walk which takes to the moors on a route which passes the Astronomy Centre at Bacup Road.
Moving to Saturday, September 14, the Scouting Above Cliviger walk takes in Portsmouth, Todmorden, while cyclists can try out something really different with Cycle Polo at Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Nature lovers might fancy trying the Small Plants In A Big Landscape which starts at Withens Clough.
Sunday, September 15, promises to be a big day for cyclists, with two upper Calder Valley events planned.
Both are events run in conjunction with Sky Ride and include The Five Corners of Todmorden, which takes in some stunning views, while the Centre Vale Park Circuit is a little more leisurely and includes time to picnic at the Lucky Dog play area. For walkers, there is a Heptonstall Moor route to appreciate.
Monday, September 16, finds the Reaps, Raistrick and Reservoirs route setting off from the Packhorse Inn at Widdop, while there are three events in our area on Tuesday, September 17.
These include Boulsdworth Hill From The Dark Side, which begins from Slack Road, Widdop, while the other two walks are centred around Todmorden, The Bridestones Walk and The Stoodley Pike Heritage Walk.
On September 18 it’s riders to the fore with an event for cyclists and one for horse riders.
Pennines By Cycle takes in places ranging from Hollingworth Lake to Hebden Bridge, where lunch will be taken, while Equilates meets at Old Town Cricket Club and is a fun exercise session with horses in mind.
And next Thursday, September 19, as this year’s fesival moves towards its final weekend, there are two walks in our area.
Pennine Way: Millstone Grit takes in Stoodley Pike and on to Hebden Bridge, while Denes and Dales is another walk starting at the Packhorse Inn at Widdop.
For times and full booking details - and other information (for example, dogs are not allowed on some of the walks), log on to www.walkandridefestival.co.uk or email [email protected] Information centres also have details.