A 268 mile, 429 km walk along the backbone of England through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world…..
The Pennine Way was conceived by Rambler and Writer Tom Stephenson in 1935 but not officially opened untill 1965 at a special ceremony approximately 2,000 people gathered here on Malham Moor by the same Tom Stephenson (by then the secretary of the Ramblers’ Association).
40 years on, the Pennine Way is one of 11 official National Trails designated, managed and part funded by the Countryside Agency. In partnership with the Countryside Agency, the Pennine Way is looked after by the local Highway Authorities, the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Parks.
The Pennine Way runs 268 miles from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland. It offers the ultimate long distance walking challenge and has attracted thousands of walkers over its 40 year history. Around 150,000 people a year use the Trail, for day trips and longer walks, with approximately 3,500 people a year completing it from start to finish.
The Rambler’s Association describe the Pennine Way as “Challenging”! you can do it in 2 weeks but it is much more enjoyable to take 3 weeks and you will see more and have a far more enjoyable experience.
There are many B&Bs, campsites and Youth Hostels along the route of the Pennine Way, during summer you should book your accommodation in advance.