The Pennine Way
From Edale to Kirk Yetholm
By Paddy Dillon
Guidebook to the Pennine Way National Trail with OS map booklet. The 270 mile route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm takes three weeks to walk and is suitable for fit and experienced long distance walkers. The route crosses the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines National Parks. Includes separate OS 1:25,000 map booklet of the route.
SeasonsThis 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.
CentresEdale, Crowden, Hebden Bridge, Cowling, Gargrave, Malham, Horton in Ribblesdale, Hawes, Keld, Bowes, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Dufton, Alston, Hadrian's Wall, Bellingham, Byrness, Kirk Yetholm
DifficultyThe 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 SeePeak 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
The Pennine Way is Britain's oldest, toughest long-distance footpath – and arguably its most iconic. Now a National Trail, the 427km (265½ mile) route from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders offers wayfarers the opportunity to immerse themselves in wild beauty of the North. The Pennines boast rolling hills, sweeping moorland and wide glacial valleys, and the Pennine Way has come to embody personal challenge and adventure.
This guidebook presents the route in 20 daily stages of 10.5-31.5km (6½-19½ miles). Step-by-step route description is accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping and information about points of interest along the way, as well as advice on facilities and planning your trip, tips for walking the route and an alternative 15-day itinerary. Useful contacts and full accommodation listings can be found in the appendices. In addition, the guide includes a pocket-sized map booklet containing all the OS 1:25,000 mapping needed to complete the trail, saving the need to carry numerous map sheets.
The Pennine Way crosses three National Parks – the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – and other highlights include Cross Fell, the highest point in England outside of the Lake District; the Cheviot Hills; Kinder Scout; the limestone cliffs of Malham Cove; the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall. Overnight options range from camping to a mixture of hostels and B&Bs and there is great camaraderie amongst wayfarers. With a wealth of information to help you get the most from your trip, Paddy Dillon's guide is an ideal companion to discovering this classic trail.
Wanted: A Long Green Trail
Planning your trip
Choosing an itinerary
When to walk
Travel to and from the Pennine Way
Travel along the Pennine Way
First and last nights
Food and drink
What to take
Planning day to day
Using this guide
Waymarking and access
Phones and Wi-Fi
All about the Pennines
The Helm Wind
The Pennine Way
Day 1 Edale to Torside
Day 2 Torside to Standedge
Day 3 Standedge to Callis Bridge or Hebden Bridge
Day 4 Callis Bridge or Hebden 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 Useful contacts
Appendix B Accommodation list
Appendix C Further reading
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Appendix B - Accommodation List
The following places no longer provide accommodation:
Padfield - Wayside Cottage.
Standedge - The Carriage House and campsite.
Hebden Bridge - Prospect End.
Ponden - Ponden House and campsite.
Ickornshaw - Winterhouse Barn.
Cowling - Woodland House.
Middleton-in-Teesdale - Cafe 1618 and The Old Barn.
Alston - Greycroft.
Slaggyford - Yew Tree Chapel.
Cocklawfoot - Cocklawfoot Farm.
Kirk Yetholm - The Farmhouse at Yetholm Mill.
The following places now provide accommodation:
Ponden - The Mill at Ponden now offers B&B in addition to camping.
Earby - The Youth Hostel is now the Friends of Nature House.
Ickornshaw - Squirrel Wood Campsite & Lodges, tel 07973 353027, www.squirrelwoodcampsite.co.uk.
Bowes - The Old Armoury Campsite, tel 07860 594999, theoldarmourycampsite.com.
Baldersdale - Clove Lodge Bunkbarn (and breakfast), tel 01833 650650, clovelodge.co.uk.
Longbyre - Four Wynds Guest House is now Hadrian's Holidays.
Once/Twice Brewed - The Sill Youth Hostel is now open, tel 0345 2602702, www.yha.org.uk.
Byrness - Old Post Office B&B, tel 07880 711807.
NB: Missing text between page 92-93 should read:
Do not go into field ahead containing " a barn, but go into the one to the right of it. Follow a fence, then turn left and climb through another..." field.
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.