THE BIG ONE: WALK THE ENTIRE PENNINE WAY – BRITAIN’S OLDEST & BEST-KNOWN LONG-DISTANCE WALKING TRAIL.
Known as the ‘Daddy’ of all England’s Great Walking Trails, the Pennine Way is England’s first National Trail. This 431km route traces the backbone of England through National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the glorious Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian’s Wall country and the Scottish Border. This classic trail can be walked in shorter ‘instalments’ for those who don’t have time to complete the full trail in a single expedition.
The Pennine Way is England’s first and classic long-distance trail. It chases along mountain tops, following the rugged backbone of the country. It offers some of the finest upland walking in England, and the whole Pennine Way is a once in a lifetime experience. Steeped in history and traversing the spectacular upland landscapes of three National Parks, the Pennine Way stretches for 431km, following ancient packhorse tracks across the rocky spine of England from the hills of the Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales and across the lonely mountains of the Scottish Border. Completing the entire length of the Pennine Way is a major challenge. For committed and adventurous hikers, it’s an iconic journey that will require many long days on the trail. Make no mistake, this is a demanding expedition that requires fitness and determination to complete, but the rewards are some of the most spectacular views and stunning landscapes the Great North of England has to offer.
The Pennine Way is one of the toughest long distance walks in Europe. Unlike some Alpine routes, there is very little in the way of scrambling or technical climbing, but the terrain can be harsh and conditions underfoot are occasionally very wet and challenging. Although the route remains open all year, snow and ice can make some sections quite challenging during the winter months (November – March) – particularly the Malham, Pen-y-gent and High Cup Nick sections. Therefore, here at Great British Walks, we only recommend this route between April to late September. The longest days (24km and 26km) may present a challenge to complete in daylight during these months. Best times of year to walk it are May, June or September.
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