The festival takes place in the moorland and hills of the South Pennines. Photo: Steve Morgan

The festival takes place in the moorland and hills of the South Pennines. Photo: Steve Morgan

Nordic walking and compass skills are among the activities on offer in the upcoming South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival.

The annual festival, incorporating walking, cycling and equestrian events, kicks off on Saturday.

Forest skills, rock-climbing and mountain bike repair are also among the 160 activities on offer during the two-week festival, based in the moorland and hills of the South Pennines, between the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales national parks.

Festival co-ordinator Sue Leffman said: “There are a number of navigation courses available this year.

“On Saturday, 7 September you can choose from the first steps in navigation above Hebden Bridge, or the exploring with map and compass event at Wycoller.

“For those wishing to take their navigation skills further there are two courses being delivered by members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors; both two day courses, one leading to the bronze level and the second leading to the gold level in the National Navigation Award Scheme.”

There are also charity cycling and walking challenges and chances for non-riders to meet fell-trekking ponies.

Pre-booking is essential for some event. More details are on the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival website.

The festival is managed by rural regeneration company, Pennine Prospects.

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