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Cover of The Pennine Way
24 May 2012
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
1st Published
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The Pennine Way

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to the Pennine Way National Trail. The 270-mile route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm typically takes around 18 days to walk. Suitable for fit and experienced long distance walkers and backpackers, the book gives a step by step route description of the Pennine Way in 20 stages illustrated with OS mapping and profiles.

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The Pennine Way was the first of Britain’s national trails. This challenging trail runs for 270 miles (435km) traversing the high ground between the Peak District and the Scottish Borders.

On its way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, this National Trail passes through three national parks and a huge Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Although much of the landscape is high and wild, facilities along the Pennine Way are well established. Several well-worn stretches have been paved with stone and are much easier to follow than in previous years.

So how does it take to walk the Pennine Way?

It's a long walk and a hard walk, but one that is well worth the effort. Suitable for fit and experienced long distance walkers and backpackers, most take two or three weeks to walk the way, and on average it tends to work out at around 18 days.

The author Paddy Dillon has also written an inspirational guidebook that looks at each of the 19 National Trails in turn, revealing the charcter and charm of each trail.

  • Seasons
    This National Trail is essentially a summer walk, though it can be completed in spring or autumn, the winter months are solely for dedicated and experienced long-distance walkers.
  • Centres
    Edale, Crowden, Hebden Bridge, Cowling, Gargrave, Malham, Horton in Ribblesdale, Hawes, Keld, Bowes, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Dufton, Alston, Hadrian’s Wall, Bellingham, Byrness, Kirk Yetholm
  • Difficulty
    The Pennine Way is a challenging walk, often across high, exposed moorlands. No problems on fine, sunny days, but some parts can be exceptionally difficult in bad weather. In mist, careful navigation is required, but on the whole the route is well-signposted. Suitable for backpackers and youth hostellers, but ample B&B accommodation is also available. Previous long-distance walking experience is an advantage.
  • Must See
    Peak District National Park – Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill; South Pennines – Stoodley Pike and Brontë Country; Yorkshire Dales National Park – Malham Cove, Pen-y-Ghent and Great Shunner Fell; North Pennines AONB – Teesdale, High Cup and Cross Fell; Northumberland National Park – Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviot Hills.

Feb 2015

Day 10 - Keld to Baldersdale or Bowes

Clove Lodge, on the 'main route'  through Baldersdale, is currently for sale and isn't providing accommodation. However, the Ancient Unicorn, on the 'alternative route' through Bowes, which closed recently, is now open again. Another option is to arrange a pick-up on the road near Clove Lodge. The Fox & Hounds, 5 miles off-route in Cotherstone, is willing to offer this service.


July 2014

Page 42 - Crowden

Facilties are limited to a campsite at Crowden, and there is no longer a Youth Hostel. If indoor accommodation is required, break your journey early at The Old House, which offers B&B and a bunkroom. The main road has a bus service linking Sheffield and Liverpool.

Page 182 - Horneystead

Horneystead Farm offers help-yourself refreshments, facilities for drying clothes, with an honesty box for payment.

Page 203 - Auchope Cairn

Duckboards have been replaced by stone-slabs.


Wanted: A long green trail
Pennine geology
Pennine scenery
The Helm Wind
Plant life
National Parks
Travel to and from the Pennine Way
When to walk
Food and drink
Money matters
Planning your schedule
What to pack
Waymarking and access
Maps of the route
The Pennine Way
Day 1 Edale to Crowden
Day 2 Crowden to Standedge
Day 3 Standedge to Callis Bridge
Day 4 Callis Bridge to Ickornshaw
Day 5 Ickornshaw to Gargrave
Day 6 Gargrave to Malham
Day 7 Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale
Day 8 Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes
Day 9 Hawes to Keld
Day 10 Keld to Baldersdale or Bowes
Day 11 Baldersdale or Bowes to Middleton-in-Teesdale
Day 12 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck
Day 13 Langdon Beck to Dufton
Day 14 Dufton to Alston
Day 15 Alston to Greenhead
Day 16 Greenhead to Housesteads
Day 17 Housesteads to Bellingham
Day 18 Bellingham to Byrness
Day 19 Byrness to Clennell Street
Day 20 Clennell Street to Kirk Yetholm
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
Appendix C Facilities along the route
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