An Overview of... The Pennine Way

First suggested in 1935 it was not until after WW2 and the 1949 National Parks & Access to Countryside Act that the Pennine Way came into existence, being opened officially in 1965.

If you include the loops the PW is almost 290 miles in length, running from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in Roxburghshire, and was the very first long distance path in the UK. Today, around a quarter of a million people walk on some part of the route each year... some covering short sections that may take a few days to complete, while others will take two or three weeks to cover the entire distance.

Along the way you will pass through some of Britain's finest moorland and upland regions, through areas of wilderness that were once centres of mining hundreds of years ago, pass along part of Hadrian's Wall, find an opportunity for a refreshing pint at a pub that is claimed to be the highest in England [Tan Hill Inn], and encounter two of the great Pennine peaks - Pen-y-gent and Kinder Scout.

Pennine Way Map Approximate OS references:
Kirk Yetholm
Byrness - NT769028
Bellingham - NY842830
Crag Lough - NY769679
Greenhead - NY664658
Alston - NY720464
Garrigill - NY745413
Dufton - NY690250
Forest in Teesdale - NY865300
Middleton in Teesdale - NY949257
Bowes - NY996136
Tan Hill - NY908068
Keld - NY892010
Thwaite - SD894981
Hawes - SD875894
Horton in Ribblesdale - SD811723
Pen-y-gent - SD840734
Malham - SD900628
Gargrave - SD933540
Lothersdale - SD960460
Hebden Bridge - SD987273
Marsden - SE048111
Kinder Scout - SK085873
Edale - SK123858

MUCH OF OF ROUTE IS IN EXPOSED AND SOMETIMES HIGH-ISH UPLAND AREAS AND, AS WE KEEP ON RE-EMPHASISING ON THIS WEBSITE, IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE WELL PREPARED WITH THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT, MAPS AND CLOTHING. EVEN IN SUMMER WEATHER CONDITIONS CAN TURN NASTY AND DANGEROUS.

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