Pennine Cycleway (South Pennines)

A beautiful yet challenging route which takes you through the dramatic scenery of the Pennines.

A wide variety of landscapes, including a huge canal embankment, splendid examples of textile mills, delightful market towns, pastoral farmland and high open moorland feature on this route. Traffic-free sections include the green corridor of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath, and bridle tracks near Clapham.

1. Holmfirth to Hebden Bridge (22 miles)

The route begins in beautiful Holmfirth, made famous for many of the scenes in the classic BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine being filmed here. At Upperthong Lane a serious climb begins that takes you out onto the moors and provides you with amazing views. There is a long descent into Sowerby Bridge and then quiet roads take you into Hebden bridge.

2. Hebden Bridge to Settle (46 miles)

Just after Hebden Bridge the Pennine Cycleway splits into two. One route travels past Burnley, the other goes direct to Colne. The ride to Colne is felt to be more picturesque as you wend your way towards Widdop Reservoir and out over Widdop Moor. The route joins together in Colne at a canal towpath through the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. Quiet roads take you past Airton and then there is a relatively steep climb onto the moors above Settle. 

3. Settle to Appleby (56 miles)

Setting off from Settle, the route takes you through quiet roads and traffic-free sections as you travel through Clapham and onto Ingleton. There are lovely views of Ingleborough Peak (2372 feet). There is also a short climb before Kingsdale where you then head onto the picturesque village of Dent. After leaving Dent the route is undulating before taking you into Sedburgh on quiet roads. The scenery around Sedburgh is fantastic and the open moorland is lovely. You can admire Howgill Fells, with Bram Rigg Top its highest point at 2204 feet. Travelling through the village of Orton there is one final, but gentle climb before you arrive in Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us to protect this route

The Pennine Cycleway (South Pennines) is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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