Our Guide to Spring in the Pennines
Spring – a season of new beginnings, positive change and lighter nights.
The Pennines are beautiful all year round, but in spring they’re especially spectacular.
So, if you’re thinking of taking an outdoorsy holiday anytime soon, we’ve rounded up some of the best local spots to visit after a refreshing sleep and hearty breakfast at our cosy hotel. We can’t wait to hear of your adventures upon your return as you tuck into more fantastic food and reminisce about all you’ve seen and experienced.
Pennine Manor is located just outside the Yorkshire village of Scapegoat Hill and nearby Bolster Moor. The village sits at an elevation of over 300 meters above sea level at its highest point, and grew up around the woolen trade. A great place to explore for views overlooking the surrounding countryside.
A National Trust site set on the top edge of the Peak District National Park, Marsden Moor offers 5000 acres of sprawling, moorland landscape with plenty of footpaths. Whether you choose to simply take a gentle stroll or join one of many guided walks, this is the perfect place to escape the crowds and be at one with nature. For twitchers, the moor’s deep peat also provides the ideal habitat for a range of plants and animals to thrive, including a number of bird species such as the threatened Twite, Golden Plovers and Short-eared Owls.
Find more details about the site here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/marsden-moor
The Stanza Stones Trail
Those seeking a longer, multi-day hike with a literary theme might like to consider the Stanza Stones Trail. Spanning around 50 miles, you can find six distinctive stones at varying points, each with a poem by Simon Armitage carved into its surface. A rewarding payoff for all that effort.
But don’t worry if that sounds too daunting, as you can opt for a short walk to just one of these stones at a time instead, which makes them much more accessible to the more casual outdoor enthusiast.
For a completely different landscape but one no less beautiful, you should consider a visit to Beaumont Park. With introductory walks suitable for individuals and families alike, there’s plenty to see, from the site of a former castle, to picturesque woodland, water features and grottos. Be warned, however, that there are a lot of stone stairs at the site, and so it may be unsuitable for pushchairs or those with reduced mobility.
Learn more about the park, here: https://www.fobp.co.uk/
A walk up Castle Hill is another fantastic way to spend an hour or so. With the huge stone Victoria Tower right there to guide you, you can be sure you’re on the right track as you stop every few minutes to enjoy the spectacular views from every conceivable angle. And if you’d like a top tip, try and make the journey around sunset. Trust us, you’ll love it.
A haven of peace and tranquility, Scammonden Reservoir has three main car parks, each producing a different starting point for a 3-mile walk around the impressive expanse of sparkling blue water. The path here is surrounded by plant and wildlife and clearly marked for convenience – and for the slightly more adventurous, an uphill detour the upper Deanhead Reservoir can be incredibly rewarding too for the views alone.