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Happy Birthday Pennine Way

24th February 2015

Britain’s first and best-loved National Trail is 50 years old on 24th April this year. There’s lots of activity planned to celebrate the anniversary. We’ve made a list of the things we are aware of here, we’ll update this as we find out more details.

Walk the Way in a Day

On April 25th walkers from across the country will be joining together to walk the entire 268 miles of the Pennine Way in a day.

We’ve created 50 circular walks (based on the book by Kevin Donkin) which between them cover the entire Pennine Way. We’re inviting everyone to join in by choosing one of the walks and completing it on the 25th April.

We’re asking people to tell us which walk they plan to do so we can make sure that all the walks are going to be completed. We expect the event to attract lots of walkers, it’ll be a great day out and a great chance to meet other people celebrating the anniversary. Everyone is welcome to take part whether you are walking with friends or family, on your own or as part of a group.

Follow this link to see the walks

Learn about the Pennine Way

There will be lots of media coverage telling the story of the Pennine Way and the people who live close to it. It’s a great opportunity to find out more about this famous route – don’t miss :

  • BBC – 4 x 30 minute films about the Trail to be shown in April
  • BBC Countryfile in April
  • Radio 4 – 3 part series looking at musicians, poets and storytellers associated with the Trail, broadcast on 7th, 14th and 21st May
  • ITV Yorkshire Breath of Fresh Air feature with weatherman Jon Mitchell
  • BBC's coverage of the Spine Race

Events and activities

Lots of local organisations are holding events to celebrate the anniversary. You will be able to find them on the events listing on the website but here’s a taster:


The Peak District National Park are planning a series of events and activities at Edale, the start of the Trail. The start point has been refurbished, and a time capsule has been built into the new wall.

Lots of activity will happen throughout the weekend of 24th – 26th April including talks and a bar with locally brewed ale on Friday evening, and folk music and craft activities and a guided walk.  See the Peak Park website for more information.

High Line Art exhibition,  4 April – 24 May, South Square Gallery, Thornton

9 artists provide their own perspectives on the memorable experiences of walking the Pennine Way. Find out more on the Square Centre website

Hebden Bridge

A new link route connecting the Pennine Way with Hebden Bridge is to officially open on 24th April. See the Hebden Bridge Walkers Action website for full details.


The Dales Countryside Museum at Hawes is hosting an exhibition about the Pennine Way.

Online art exhibition

50 sketches and paintings of locations on the Pennine Way.  Contact


North Pennines AONB

25th April (Saturday) A guided walk from Cow Green to Dufton led by the Green Guides. Bus back to start.

26th April (Sunday) A stroll along the Pennine Way. Start with brunch at Langdon Beck youth hostel at 10.30 leaving for Low Force at 11.30. Packed lunch along the way and then afternoon tea at Bowlees at 4pm, minibus will return you back to the hostel.

To book or for more information see the website

Haltwhistle Walking Festival

3 day walk over May Bank Holiday (starting Saturday 2nd May) from Carter Bar in Scotland to Housesteads on Hadrian’s Wall.

Full details and booking information are on the website

Memories and photographs

The Pennine Way Association are creating a digital archive of historical documents relating to the Trail. This will be available to students and researchers when complete.

There is a new Pennine Way Flickr group, supported by the Pennine Way Association. Anyone can share photos of the Trail here, and see how it used to look. 


If you know of other activity to add to the list please let us know, and don't forget to add your own events to the event calendar.

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