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50 great hillwalking challenges in the Pennines with a Cicerone guidebook

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10 Apr 2013
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Great Mountain Days in the Pennines

by Terry Marsh
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

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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

This is the fourth title in the Cicerone Great Mountain Days series, which includes the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland.

  • Seasons
    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
  • Centres
    Walks are grouped into five areas: the North Pennines, the Howgills, the Yorkshire Dales, the South Pennines and the Dark Peak
  • Difficulty
    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
  • Must See
    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

August 2013

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)
Time: 6+hrs
Grade: demanding
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




About this guide 

Weather to walk? 

Before you start 


North Pennines 

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 

Yorkshire Dales 

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 

20 Whernside 

21 Ingleborough 

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 

South Pennines 

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 

Dark Peak 

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 


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