The Pennine Way is one of Britain’s most challenging long distance trails. It is an arduous but picture perfect 268 miles along the rugged backbone of England, from the Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales and over Hadrian’s Wall and up to the Cheviots. Along the way it offers some of the finest upland walking in the UK. Peak District sections of the walk can be accessed in the south at Edale or from the Longdendale valley further north. The walking is demanding, crossing very harsh terrain of peat bog and moorland, and should not be attempted without good clothing and forward planning. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun though!
History of Pennine Way
Here’s a bit of history about the Pennine Way for you. The original idea for the trail was first considered by walker and journalist Tom Stephenson in a 1935 article for the Daily Herald. The official Pennine Way opening ceremony took place at Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales on 24th April 1965, and was attended by hundreds of walkers. This makes it the UK’s oldest official walking route.
During the 1970s and 80s, erosion caused by constant foot traffic meant that walkers on the Way frequently had to wade through deep bogs. Several sections of the trail were completely rebuilt, and regular work is now necessary to keep the Pennine Way fully accessible. It celebrated its 50th Birthday in 2015 with a televised walk on the BBC. The shortest time in which the whole span has been completed was over 2 days, 17 hours, 20 minutes and 15 seconds without stopping for sleep, in 1989 by a Mike Hartley. He stopped twice for food.
At the crossroads
Strangely enough a high proportion of the 15,000 long-distance walker’s journey south to north because that’s the same as stated in the majority of available guide books, although experts attribute this choice to wind direction. The Pennine Way walkers will encounter fellow walkers crossing your path when Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path cuts in on its way west to east to the sea.
We have a great selection of Peak District cottages all across the Hope Valley and close to Edale in the Peak District.