Meadow carpet (Photo: Sandie Nicholson)

Love the South Pennines Projects

Meadow carpet (Photo: Sandie Nicholson)

One of the things that makes the South Pennines special is the commitment and spirit of our many voluntary groups. These people give their time freely and work together to make things happen.  Without them our festivals, community events and traditional celebrations just wouldn’t exist and our rivers, canals, parks and network of footpaths would soon look neglected.

Love the South Pennines is proud to be working with one of these groups, Community Rights of Way (CROWS),  during the pilot phase of our scheme.  CROWS are a group of volunteers who clear paths and mend stiles in the Calder Valley area of the South Pennines.  Here are some examples of the difference they can make:

Broken stile on path at Burlees

Broken stile on path at Burlees

Stile at Burlees after CROWS repaired it

Stile at Burlees after CROWS repaired it

Nettles at Midgley blocking the path and, believe it or not, a bench!

Nettles at Midgley blocking the path and, believe it or not, a bench!

Nettles cleared and a bench appears!

Nettles cleared and a bench appears!

 

Daisy Bank

Overgrown Daisy Bank

CROWS cleared the nettles and uncovered these steps

CROWS cleared the nettles and uncovered these steps

CROWS are currently working with Hebden Bridge Walkers Action to improve access to and signage on the footpaths that link the Pennine Way to Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall.  As well as being a fitting a celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way in April, these improvements are expected to bring more visitors into the town and thus boost the local economy.