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COVID 19 Update

There is guidance in England on staying safe and protecting others in greenspaces.

Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.

Read the new measures effective in England from 5th November 2020 here.

• You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.

• Outdoor public places include parks, beaches and the countryside.

• Spending time or exercising outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).

• If you need to travel you are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.

• Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed.

• You should minimise time spent outside your home.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before visiting.

Relevant advice when using of public rights of way in England:

• Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

• Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.

• Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.

• Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t light fires or barbecues.

•Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.

• Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.

• Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest alternative route other people and protect the natural environment.

• Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Trail Itineraries

The oldest and most iconic National Trail offers a rugged taste of Northern England – stretching from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders on a challenging but rewarding route of remarkable contrasts. Explore the Pennine Way for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.

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Introducing the Trail

Find useful facts and learn more about the Pennine Way below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.

About the Trail

Steeped in history and traversing spectacular landscapes, the iconic Pennine Way stretches for 268 miles (435km) across England’s wild northern uplands.

The route follows Britain’s rocky spine from the hills of the Derbyshire Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, through the stunning Swaledale Valley, across the North Pennines and over Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to the Cheviot Hills, ending in the Scottish Borders in Kirk Yetholm.

There are route descriptions in the Further Information section of this website.

The Pennine Way was the first National Trail in England and is one of the UK’s most famous long-distance walks. Opened on 24th April 1965, it paved the way for public access to some of England’s wildest landscapes.

With a combined ascent that exceeds the height of Mount Everest, the Pennine Way is arguably the most challenging  National Trail in England and the route is recommended for experienced walkers who want a unique experience – but you don’t have to walk it all at once.

The Pennine Way is hilly and often remote. The terrain is varied and in some places the paths are smooth and firm, but in others the path may be narrow and uneven or wet and boggy. It’s best to take waterproofs and plenty of dry socks.

To really make the most of your trip, schedule a rest day at places such as Hebden Bridge, Skipton, Hawes, Appleby or the Hadrian’s Wall area, and spend some time exploring.

The best months to walk the Pennine Way are from mid-May to September, when the weather is usually better, however the Trail can be walked all year round. Expect snow on the northern sections in winter months.

What is special about the Trail?

To many people, the Pennine Way is much more than a walk; it is part of the history of access to the hills in England and walking the Trail makes you part of that story.

The Trail passes through some of England’s best landscapes and wildlife areas including three National Parks and various National Nature Reserves. The variety of habitats make it one of the best places in Europe to see birds like breeding waders in the spring and early summer.

Walking the Pennine Way is a tour of spectacular natural landmarks and historic sites. At the start of the Trail in Edale you’ll walk up Kinder Scout, site of the 1932 Mass Trespass, which became a key moment in the struggle for public access to private land in the UK.

Alongside some of England’s best landscape and wildlife areas, other highlights along the route include Stoodley Pike, Top Withins, Malham Cove, Pen-y-ghent, Tan Hill, High Force, Cauldron Snout, High Cup Nick, Cross Fell, Hadrian’s Wall and The Cheviot.

Latest News

Visit our News Page for the latest interesting and exciting news on the Pennine Way National Trail.

Events

Take a look at our Events Calendar to find details of the enjoyable events that are taking place along the trail.  If you want, you can even add your own event.

 

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