Great Mountain Days in the Pennines
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An inspirational guidebook to 50 classic walks on the rolling Pennine landscape. The graded routes, between 6 and 13 miles in length, cover classic Pennine fells and moorland such as Whernside, Ilkley Moor and Pendle Hill; exploring the North and South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and Dark Peak. Many routes are also suited to fell running.
- The Pennines can be tackled whatever the time of year, although the highest summits and the remote moors can be problematic in winter conditions or poor visibility
- Walks are grouped into five areas: the North Pennines, the Howgills, the Yorkshire Dales, the South Pennines and the Dark Peak
- Walks are graded from 'Moderate' to 'Strenuous' but unlike other mountainous areas where the ability to cope on rock and steep slopes is required, among the Pennines there also needs to be awareness of the deceptive nature of the landscapes, which, in spite of relative proximity to towns and cities, often feel remarkably remote; a sure grasp on navigational skills and self-protection is essential at all times
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- From the highest summits of the Pennines, to the seductive valleys of the Yorkshire Dales and the rugged landscapes of the South Pennines, this guide embraces all that is inspiring about the rolling Pennine landscapes
An inspirational guidebook to 50 memorable expeditions throughout the Pennines, the iconic backbone of England. The exact area of the Pennines is difficult to define. In terms of this book they extend no further south than Mam Tor above Edale, and not much further north than Cross Fell, the highest summit of the Pennines, lying on the eastern edge of Cumbria. Within this area is an amazing, and often frustrating, succession of landscapes fashioned from river valleys, moorlands and upland peat bogs, and penned in by a host of cities, towns and villages to form an area that weaves a rich and interesting story of industrial development together with a strong cultural heritage.
These circular walks are all graded, making this guidebook equally suitable for first-time and more experienced walkers looking for new corners of the North Pennines, Howgills, Yorkshire Dales, South Pennines and Dark Peak.
Walks are graded in four ways:
- Moderate: shorter walks without significant height gain; some occasional issues with route finding or terrain, but generally straightforward
- Moderately demanding: devoid of serious hazard in good conditions, but requiring map-reading and compass skills; mainly, but not always, on clear paths
- Demanding: similar to ‘strenuous’, but usually shorter or with less height gain, but still rugged, remote and energetic walks
- Strenuous: lengthy, over rough and/or high ground, sometimes in remote locations; there may be long, rugged and/or trackless sections
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Before you start
1 Thack Moor and Black Fell
2 Melmerby Fell and Fiend’s Fell
3 Cross Fell
4 High Cup Nick and Backstone Edge
5 Cauldron Snout and Widdybank Fell
6 High Force and Cronkley Fell
7 Harter Fell and Grassholme
8 Bowes Moor
North West Dales – Eden Valley and The Howgills
9 Hartley Fell and Nine Standards Rigg
10 Lunds Fell, Hugh Seat and High Seat
11 Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell
12 Green Bell
13 The Fairmile Circuit
14 Cautley Spout and The Calf
15 The Calf from Sedbergh
16 Great Shunner Fell and Lovely Seat
17 Upper Swaledale and Rogan’s Seat
18 Dodd Fell Hill and Drumaldrace
19 Gragareth and Great Coum
22 Giggleswick Scar
23 Nappa Cross, Rye Loaf Hill and Victoria Cave
24 Pen-y-Ghent and Plover Hill
25 Fountains Fell
26 Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove
27 Buckden Pike
28 Great Whernside
29 Cracoe Fell and Thorpe Fell
30 Elslack Moor and Pinhaw Beacon
31 Rombalds Moor and Ilkley Moor
32 Pendle Hill
33 Boulsworth Hill
34 Delf Hill and Stanbury Moor
35 Wadsworth Moor
36 Worsthorne Moor and Black Hameldon
37 Thieveley Pike and Cliviger Gorge
38 Bride Stones Moor
39 Luddenden Dean and Midgeley Moor
40 Stoodley Pike
41 Langfield Common
42 Blackstone Edge
43 Rooley Moor and Cowpe Lowe
44 White Hill and Piethorne Clough
45 Saddleworth Edges
46 Lord’s Seat and Mam Tor
47 Kinder Downfall
48 Rowlee Pasture and Alport Castles
49 Back Tor and Derwent Edge
50 Stanage Edge
Appendix 1 Concise walk reference and personal log
Appendix 2 Bibliography
Although the guide contains map extracts, you are strongly advised to take with you the relevant sheet map for the route, not only for safety reasons but also to give a wider picture of the landscapes you are walking through. Note that key landmarks that feature on the maps appear in bold in the text to help you plot the route. (The map extracts in this book are taken from these 1:25,000 maps, reduced to 1:40,000 to save space and weight.)
The maps needed to complete the walks in this book are Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps OL1 (The Peak District: Dark Peak area); OL2 (Yorkshire Dales: Southern and Western areas); OL19 (Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley); OL21 (South Pennines); OL30 (Yorkshire Dales: Northern and Central areas); OL31 (North Pennines: Teesdale and Weardale); OL297 (Lower Wharfedale and Washburn valley)
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Walk 23 – Nappa Cross, Rye Loaf Hill and Victoria Cave: the route information box is missing. It is:
Distance: 17.5km (11 miles)
Height gain: 340m (1115ft)
Time: 5–6 hours
Grade: moderately demanding
Start point: SD894658
Getting there: Malham Tarn car park
Maps: Ordnance Survey OL2 (Yorkshire Dales: Southern and Western area)
After-walk refreshment: Pubs and cafés in Malham and Settle
Walk 48 – Rowlee Pasture and Alport Castles: the route information box is missing. It is:
Distance: 15km (9¼ miles)
Height gain: 515m (1690ft)
Start point: Derwent valley SK173893
Getting there: Fairholmes car park (pay and display; toilets, refreshments, visitor centre)
Map: Ordnance Survey OL1 (The Peak District: Dark Peak area)
After-walk refreshment: Snack bar at visitor centre; Snake Pass Inn on Snake Road; pubs and cafés in Glossop, Sheffield and Hathersage
'...it is a great book, especially for people who are not familiar with some of the less frequented areas of the Pennines. Marsh deserves a lot of credit for including places such as Thack Moor, Backstone Edge, Gragareth, and Thievely Pike and resisting the temptation to fill the book predominantly with routes in the Dales and Peak District. As a result even walkers, like myself, who have already explored a lot of the Pennines are likely to find much of interest in this guide.'
Matt O'Brien, www.mypennines.blogspot.co.uk, May 2013
'It is a lovely book, well-written, well-illustrated and with excellent 1:40,000 OS maps covering genuine day routes between six and 13 miles. It is also well-made and robust.
...Each has four pages devoted to them, carefully covering a general description with some stunning photographs (mainly by Terry), a relatively short but carefully written route description and an excellent map. All are graded into Moderate, Moderately Demanding, Demanding or Strenuous, a simple and useful classification. I have walked many of these and I think both his route descriptions and gradings are excellent and reliable.'
Justin Gutmann, Strider - the Journal of the LDWA, August 2013
Dr Terry Marsh is a Lancashire-based award-winning writer and photographer who specialises in the outdoors, the countryside, walking and travel worldwide. He has been writing books since the mid-1980s, and is the author of over 100 titles.
Terry holds a PhD in Historical Geography and a Master of Arts degree (with Distinction) in Lake District Studies, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), a member of the National Union of Journalists, and an Honorary Life Member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
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