2010 South Pennines festival


Preparations for the 2010 South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival are well under way, and the draft programme will be handed over to the designer this week.

Most folk who visit this occasional blog (many thanks for your continue support – I know updates are rare!) will be backpackers and they’ll be delighted to learn that this year, for the first time, the festival will feature not one but two weekend backpacking trips, each organised by Backpackers’ Club stalwarts Christine Roche and Tony Whewell.

The festival will also feature a raft of Ramblers 75th anniversary walks, nature walks, LDWA walks, cycling events, mountainbike rides and, of course, some exciting equestrian events – horse riding made its debut in the festival last year and we’re delighted that we’ve more events for 2010.

The launch will be held in Ilkley on September 11, and hosted by Ilkley Walkers Are Welcome, who’re planning a superb day of guided walks, talks, displays and other attractions.

The final list of events is being, erm, finalised, as I write (well, as soon as I’ve finished writing and can get back to finalising the final list) and it’s expected to be distributed in mid- to late-June. It’ll also be on-line at www.southpenninesfestival.co.uk, for interactive searching and download.

In the meantime here’s the flyer … (above) … and as a PDf to print-out and show your friends!


If you’re one of the many who’s contributed an event then please stand-by – the initial proofs will be sent around for checking this week. And many, many thanks for helping making this the biggest festival we’ve had yet!

For more details please get in touch, either with myself via this website or with Pennine Prospects (they employ me to pout the festival together) at their Hebden Bridge satellite office on 01422 846049.

See you there!

John Manning

Freelance outdoor writer John Manning and his family are based in the Yorkshire Dales

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