Pennine Loop well on way

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The Pennine Loop project to waymark a route from Hebden Bridge to the Pennine Way to mark the latter’s 50th anniversary is gathering pace.

Since the route was announced in January, Hebden Bridge Walkers Action has been busy.

Mo Ludlam, the group’s secretary, says: “The project is really beginning to take shape. CROWS has started work on improving the route and the first waymarks are starting to go up.”

Dave Brooks, manager of Hebden Bridge Hostel has been working on the websites. “These are now up and running. We have a fantastic map of the route, a full list of accommodation in the area and a list of facilities in the both Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall. It’s all looking good,” he says.

Ian Vickridge, the group’s vice-chair said the Loop now has a presence on a dozen Pennine Way websites, so every time someone researches walking the Pennine Way, the Loop will be highlighted.

“One further exciting development is a new guide to walking the central part of the Pennine Way, which starts off in Hebden Bridge and follows our route through Heptonstall to Hebble Hole,” he said.

John Dunford, the group’s chair expects a good crowd of locals and visitors to the launch on April 25. He said “We will walk the route with entertainment on the way featuring Calder Valley Voices, a photographic exhibition of Hebden Bridge in 1965, a performance of the Pace Egg play at Heptonstall and the Peace Artistes leading the walking group and performing at the New Delight. With Pennine Horizons launching their Radical History e-Trails on the Sunday, it should be a fun weekend for walkers.”

It is estimated the new waymarked path could possibly bring as much as an extra £500,000 per year into the local economy. The Pennine Way was planned in 1965 by Tom Stephenson.