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New mountain bike trail in the South Pennines

The South Pennines offers two-wheeled thrills alongside a window into the area’s historical and ecological importance.

Worsthorne Moor, above Burnley, has been the site of a large project, which has not only seen the restoration of internationally important heather and peatland, but also the installation of Hurstwood Reservoir Mountain bike Trail.

Lancashire County Council and [...]

Help the Saddleworth Olympic Committee win £3000 for next year’s Olympics

Children releasing balloons at the 2013 Saddleworth Olympics

Dear All,

We hope you all enjoyed this years Village Olympics. Would you like to help us ensure we can do it all again next year? Well you can by helping us win £3,000 from the Lloyds Community Fund. We are already guaranteed £300 from the fund [...]

Triathlete Carolyn Robinson completes two back-to-back endurance events for charity

Diggle resident Carolyn Robinson is celebrating after completing two back-to-back endurance events, for charity, within a week of each other.

Carolyn took part in the Great Swim in London’s Docklands on August 31st, then a week later she completed the North West Triathlon in Nantwich, Cheshire – raising over £500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research [...]

Golf to the fore at Bishop’s Park

Mark Cumiskey with Councillor Shoab Akhtar

Oldham Council has given the green light for a new and improved golf facility at Grains Bar where golfers can go to improve their game.

The Local Authority has granted an initial licence to allow the Bishop Park facility to re-open immediately and conclude a 25-year lease of [...]

Get ready for the Tour de Yorkshire

Tour of the Vosgue (Mobile phone photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)

PICTURE a small boy cycling to the tops above Hebden Bridge to write an encouraging message on the road in chalk; the scene is set for Le Grand Depart and the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival.

With the Grand Depart of the Tour De [...]

Looking for something different to do with the children this summer?

The Castleshaw Centre is holding exciting ‘Family and Friends’ activity sessions in the great outdoors for children aged eight and above.

Take your own children or grandchildren with a group of their friends to enjoy sessions such as canoeing, high ropes course, climbing tower, pond dipping and caving.

Contact the centre to discuss the [...]

Diggle ‘Cake Race’ results

Runners starting the 2013 Cake Race (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2013)

The Cake Race starts on Boat Lane, next to the Diggle Hotel and crosses the Pennines to Marsden. It then returns to finish outside Kilngreen Church where tea and cakes await the finishers.

First 30 Results: 4/05/13 Position Category Name Club Time

1 V40 Paul [...]

Free online guides to walking, riding and cycling in the South Pennines

Walkers can explore the South Pennines this Easter with a new series of Watershed Walks available free online.

Trails looking at the area’s heritage, archaeology and geology offer walkers different ways to experience the South Pennines, whether as a visitor to the area or as a resident seeing their own village or landscape in a [...]

Oldham set to lease pitch and putt site

Oldham Council is seeking bids from parties interested in operating the Bishop Park pitch and putt site at Grains Bar.

Rental bids are now being sought for a 25-year lease of the course for its continued use as a pitch and putt facility. The venue is located close to the junction of the A672 Ripponden [...]