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The Best of the Pennine Way holiday cottages

The Best of the Pennine Way

To the highest point

The first or last 27 miles at the most southerly end of the Pennine Way are in the Peak District National Park. Most walkers divide this section into two halves. The first night is usually spent 16 miles in at Crowden (or Glossop three miles off-trail) and after the next 11 at Standedge before leaving the region for the section of the path known as the South Pennine Way.

Pennine signpost

Half a pint of ale first...

The southern end of the Pennine Way is picked up in a village called Edale by Kinder Scout. There is a pub where many walkers have a pint of ale before setting off. It’s a long 16 miles before the next settlement, Crowden.

After leaving Edale, one of the biggest hills in the Peak District awaits to give walkers a realistic take of what is to follow. The trail used to cut across the top of Kinder Scout but has been re-routed due to erosion in recent years to the west. It now descends down a section called Jacob’s Ladder.

As you descend past Kinder Downfall you get to see the nation’s favourite driving road, Snake Pass, crossing your path. Then the Pennine Way ascends Bleaklow for awesome panoramas of the open moorlands below.

Snake pass

Into Yorkshire

Working your way down to Longdendale, take some photos at Torside Reservoir before reaching the 16th mile post where the Pennine Way reaches Crowden. The trail travels past Laddow Rock to the top of Black Hill before it traverses Wessenden Head Moor and out of the Peak District National Park to travel along the border of Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

We have written a guide to the guide to the Pennine Way that features fun facts and some useful tips to read before planning your own trip. We also offer a portfolio full of great Peak District cottages to stay in at the start or end of your walking trip.

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