Keep the weight of your rucsac to a minimum - or alternatively take advantage of one of the baggage carrying services that operate on the Way. As a minimum you will need to be carrying the following - carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Be properly equipped, take waterproofs and spare warm clothing. Wear robust boots walking boots. Take an emergency pack including whistle, torch, first aid kit, survival bag and spare rations. Don't wear denim jeans - they don't dry if they get wet. Plan your route properly - be aware of escape routes in the event of an accident. Make sure somebody knows your plans.
You need to be able to navigate using a map and compass.
Where can I get Pennine Way badges?
You can get a range of Pennine Way momentos from:
Pen y Ghent Cafe, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HE, 01729 860333, email@example.com
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Can I wild camp on the Pennine Way?
Legally you need consent from the landowner to wild camp in England. However there is a tradition in England of backpackers sleeping in the hills. On the Pennine Way there are few suitable sites, and repeat use can cause toiletting and littering problems. There is no need to wild camp on the Pennine Way - there are an adequate number of managed sites.
Can I cycle the Pennine Way?
The Pennine Way is not available for cyclists. Try the Pennine Bridleway National Trail - purpose built and a real challenge.
What OS map sheets cover the Pennine Way?
Landranger (1:50,000) 74, 75, 80, 91, 92, 98, 103, 109, 110.
Explorer (1:25,000) OL1 The Peak District (Dark Peak Area); OL2 Yorkshire Dales; OL21 South Pennines; OL30 Yorkshire Dales (Northern and Central Areas); OL16 The Cheviot Hills; OL19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley; OL31 North Pennines, Teesdale and Weardale; OL42 Kielder Water and Forest; OL43 Hadrian's Wall.
Youngest to walk the Pennine Way?
Christopher Green was 6 when he walked the Pennine Way between the 27th July and 6th August 1972, with his parents John and Sylvia Green