The South Pennines is a special landscape. It's a landscape that has inspired novelists, poets and religious movements, and it's a landscape that ordinary people have risked criminal prosecution to secure access to.
Around 45 miles of the Pennine Way National Trail lies within the South Pennines, and almost the entire moorland area is designated an SSSI and a Special Protection Area in recognition of its importance for bird life. And yet despite all of this, very little of the area is protected by any formal landscape designation. In the light of this, we are seeking National Park status for the South Pennines, in the hope that this unique area will be preserved and protected for residents, for visitors and for wildlife.