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:
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.