This page describes our progress walking the Pennine Way.
Ask anyone to name a long distance path and they’ll probably suggest the Pennine Way. It is a popular route though at times it can be hard work. There are sections of the walk offering spectacular scenery with others more local in character.
Pen y Ghent: - one of the real treats of the Pennine Way - seen here from the Silverdale road to the south in August 1973 .
Description of the path
The Pennine Way was established in 1965 after several decades of gestation. It follows the spine of England, the dividing line east and west.
It crosses river valleys, peat bogs, the high landscapes above the Eden Valley and rolling farmland. It can be hard work - especially in winter when traction is limited and mud a constant companion.
As always geology makes much of the landscape, with limestone, sandstone and millstone grit providing the better stages of the path. These rocks often contain minerals and deposits - mines and quarries more often disused, hint at a different industrial age not so long ago.
We have walked stages for almost 40 years but we don’t expect to finish it. For many years it provided a perfect Christmas time walk when visiting parents in either Middleton [Lancs] or Birstall [Yorks]. In those days of limited daylight we eventually ended up spending as much time travelling to a stage as we were walking.
The page(s) here report on the stages completed to date.
Pennine Way -Walk Stats
|Terminus||Kirk Yetholm||Village Green|
|Lowest point||Gargrave tbc||110 m [amsl]|
|Highest point||Cross Fell||893 m [amsl]|
2. Stages Completed
The stages below are stages completed to date with south at the bottom and north at the top of the list.
The distances are taken from gps data from 2006 onwards. Prior to that it is either from digitised track data or other sources[!] ie maps or guide books - the latter can often be "short" by around 10%.
|Red Cribs - Kirk Yetholm||11.3 km||hilly|
|Dufton - Great Dun Fell||10.4 km||hilly|
|Pen y Ghent - Horton||5.6 km||hilly|
|Silverdale - Pen y Ghent||3.0 km!||moderate|
|Malham - Silverdale||16.4 km!||hilly|
|Gargrave - Malham||10.8 km!||hilly|
|Lothersdale - Gargrave||14.9 km!||moderate|
|Ponden - Lothersdale||11.7 km!||hilly|
|Widdop - Ponden||10.5 km!||hilly|
|Calder Valley - Widdop||11.2 km!||moderate|
|A672 - Calder Valley||18.1 km!||flat|
|A635 - A672||12.5 km!||flat|
3. Percent and total distance walked to date
|32% completed||KM + HM(part), RM (part)||136.4km||1973-ongoing||various arrangements|
In August 2012 Rob Murray and Laura Webb walked the section from Hawes to Thwaite
while at the Bainbridge week.
While it would be good to complete the Pennine Way it is lower down the list than the South West/East Coast Paths and the Anglesey Coast Path.
Points of Interest
Getting there - access
All stages have been supported by car. For some ie the Christmas walks/in the southern section, we were dropped off and picked up.
More recently in the north we have walked the stages "out and back" from a car park.
Start: 24 August 1973
References & Links:
|Date||Reference or link|
|20141207||Pennine Way [wikipedia]|
|20141207||Pennine Way [National Trail]|
|20141207||National Trail Leaflet|
|20141207||National Trail Geology& Profile|
|20141207||Pennine Way Association|
Updated KM 07 December 2014