“So how does the Pennine Way compare to the great continent-spanning trails of the USA that provided its inspiration? You won’t find bear-prowled wildernesses to match those of Appalachia or the Sierra Nevada… But this is the north, and for us the Pennine Way has a romanticism of its own. We don’t hit the road or stride out west to find freedom; we walk on the moors. The Pennine Way is the Route 66 of England’s great wide north, holding its own promise of freedom and escape.”
– Carey Davies, The BMC
The Pennine Way is England’s best known and toughest long distance walk.
Long Distance Walk Of A Life Time
Starting in the Derbyshire village of Edale, in the Peak District, The Pennine Way takes you on a 267 mile journey north through some of England’s finest countryside. This popular but challenging long distance walk runs along the ‘backbone’ of England following the Pennine Hills.
It will take you through the wild, open moorlands of the Peak District, to the lush, rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, up into Northumberland and Hadrian’s Wall country, across the rugged Cheviot hills, and into the Scottish Borders, where the trail finishes at the tiny village of Kirk Yetholm.
Enjoying our first through hike across the backbone of England.
We completed our thru-hike between June 24th and July 17th, 2014 and blogged on the go. Our thrice daily trip reports with accompanying photographs are included below:
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Take A Look At Our Lego Mini Hikers – They Enjoyed A Pennine Way Adventure Of Their Own!
Enjoying the view of the English countryside from Pinhaw Beacon.