District's hidden gems included in South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival

District's hidden gems included in South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival

Walkers taking part in the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2012, Nordic Walking at Scammonden Reservoir. PICTURE: Pennine Prospects

Walkers taking part in the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2012, crossing the stepping stones at Uppermill. PICTURE: Pennine Prospects

Pennine Prospects operations director Mark Turner

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

THE hidden gems of Bradford's landscape have been included in the 2014 South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival this September.

Taking place between Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 21, the festival has more than 140 events across the South Pennines, with Bradford hosting a number of walks and cycle rides.

All the festival walks are led by experienced volunteer guides, who have a passion for their area. Each year they create routes that encompass points of interest, whether historical, artistic or visual. Many walks will include the best local viewpoints and opportunities to see wildlife with guides keen to share their knowledge and expertise.

Walks include:

* the five-mile Mustard Pot and Honey Pot walk from Ling Bob pub, Haworth Road, Wilsden,on Wednesday, September 17, where walkers can discover the area's industrial past, via Egypt, World’s End and New Holland. During the walk, which has been graded as medium, participants will follow in their ancestors’ footsteps on field tracks and flagged mill-workers’ paths;

* the Middleton Moor Circular eight-mile walk is graded as hard. It will take place on Sunday, September 21, setting off from Addingham suspension bridge for a walk over Middleton Moor with a few stiles along the way;

* a medium six-mile walk, The Windmills of your Mind, will set off from Addingham Library on Wednesday, September 10. Participants will walk to Haw Pike and return along the river;

* walkers can climb to the moors from Ilkley to see the Puddle Stanza stones on Saturday, September 13, during a seven mile walk.

In addition a pedal and picnic in the park Sky Ride event will take place on Sunday, September 7, from 2pm, at Lister Park in Manningham. The easygoing ride is great for all abilities and ages and takes place along a traffic-free route. The family ride uses the wider roadways through the park and avoids the big hill.

The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival is managed by Pennine Prospects, a rural regeneration company set up to champion the South Pennines.

Pennine Prospects operations director, Mark Turner, said: “The South Pennines is a stunning landscape, often overlooked or taken for granted by those of us who live and work here. The South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival gives everyone, residents and visitors alike, opportunities to explore this rich and diverse area region in new and different ways.”

Details of the all the events taking place can be found on the festival website at walkandridefestival.co.uk.

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