The Pennine Way, UK’s Most Famous Trail – Hike. Pennine Bridleway – Ride & Bike

The Pennine Way is Britain’s oldest and best known long-distance footpath, a walking trail only and 268 miles long.

The Pennine Bridleway is a roughly parallel 205-mile trail through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria. It has been designed for horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers.

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Pennine Way – Cicerone Press

Pennine Way

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.

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.

Go to the National Trails website to find out more:

To replace its previous two-volume guide to the Pennine Way, Aurum now publishes an entirely new one-volume guide for the 21st-century walker.

The Pennine Way is Britain’ s toughest long-distance path, running 268 miles from Derbyshire’ s Peak District up through the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Northumberland into the Scottish Borders. Until now, Aurum’ s Trail Guide has covered it in two volumes, where our competitors publish one, and those volumes have been bulked out with circular day walks which no-one essaying the arduous task of walking even a stretch of the Path will realistically want to divert to do.

Now, Damian Hall, one of Country Walking’ s senior contributors, has written a completely new guide, giving all the information the modern walker requires: GPS references, gradients of each section, public transport links, extensive details of the wildlife and flora to be seen along the way, and a guide for occasional walkers to the real highlight stretches of the path.

Hiking the UK’s Oldest & Most Challenging National Trail: The Pennine Way

A portrait of the Pennine Way, Britain’s oldest and best known long-distance footpath, tracing its remarkable history through the experiences of walkers past and present. As Andrew McCloy walks the 268-mile route from the Derbyshire Peak District to the Scottish borders, he discovers how the Pennine Way set a benchmark for personal challenge and adventure and how reconnecting with wild places and the unhurried rhythm of the long walk continue to provide a much-needed antidote to our busy modern age. The resilience of the long distance walker is mirrored in the path’s fascinating history: the initial struggle for access battles to tame the bogs, later challenges of path erosion and the fluctuating circumstances of the rural hostel. Above all else, however, this is a book about Pennine Way people – from crusading ramblers to resourceful B&B landladies, hard-working rangers to fanatical trail walkers. Their conversations and memories are woven into the narrative to give an account of the changing fortunes of the path and its special significance. Personal, thoughtful and often humorous, The Pennine Way – the Path, the People, the Journey is an exploration of our desire for challenge and adventure, the stimulation of wild places and how a long journey on foot through our own country still resonates today. It will appeal to people who have walked or are preparing to walk The Pennine Way, as well as to those with an interest in the history and legacy of this iconic path.

Planning your Pennine Way walk – Rambling Man

So you’re thinking of walking the Pennine Way, eh? Well good for you. It’s certainly an experience and as long as you don’t end up to your waist in a bog (and is there anyone who has walked the whole thing, who doesn’t end up in bog at least one point?), you’ll probably have a good time.

Go to the Rambling man website for a thorough break down into stages of his Pennine Way Walk.

The Pennine Way ‘from the air’

Pennine Bridleway

Follow ancient packhorse routes, drovers roads and newly created bridleways through the magnificent Pennines.

At 267 miles long it is, however, quite an undertaking to do, especially all in one go, and planning a trip can be hard work so here’s some help and advice.

The Pennine Bridleway is a 205 miles (330 Km) long National Trail running through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria. It has been specially designed for horse riders and is also great for mountain bikers and walkers. The route was opened in stages with the full 205-mile route opened by Martin Clunes in June 2012.

The Trail includes 2 large loops. The first is the Mary Towneley Loop in the South Pennines that was the first section of the Trail to open back in 2002. This is 47 miles long and makes a great weekend’s walk or ride although some mountain bikers like to try and do it in a day! The 2nd Loop is the 10 mile Settle Loop in the Yorkshire Dales. This makes an excellent days walk or horse ride and can be extended by using the bridleway network to take in the village of Malham too.

The Pennine Bridleway is not the same as the Pennine Way; it follows a different route and has been designed especially for use by horse-riders and cyclists.

Click here… to read more at the National Trails website.

Peak District MTB Trip | #2 Hitting the Pennine Bridleway

Climbing the ‘backbone of England’ – The Pennine Bridleway – Komoot

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The Pennine Bridleway is one of the most iconic long distance trails in the United Kingdom, spanning the length of the Pennine Hills from South to North, often referred to as the ‘backbone of England’. These ‘hills’ are not to be underestimated and pass through the Derbyshire Dales, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. From ancient Roman roads to grassy singletrack, woodland trails to spectacular connecting lanes, the Pennine Bridleway bikepacking route offers you some of the very best off road riding and views that the North has to offer.

Here we propose the entire length of the Pennine Bridleway in five riding days. There are also two additional loops that you can try, and if you’re looking for a longer adventure, the Pennine Bridleway is also the starting point of the Great North Trail that spans all the way up to Cape Wrath and John O’Groats at the Northern tip of Scotland! The Pennine Bridleway can certainly be completed in less than five days over this 186 mile (300km) route, but here we find five days to be a good balance of challenge on the bike and time to explore off the bike. After all, the route is littered with historic ruins and quaint towns, all waiting to be explored.

Click here…to go to the excellent Komoot website and read more.

Further reading:

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If none of this is challenging enough you could always enter the Spine Race and race the entire 268 miles in winter!!!!

The Official Montane Spine Race Film Official Trailer The Montane Spine Race, referred to as, “Britains’ Most Brutal Race”, covers the 268miles of The Pennine Way, and is held each year in the midst of winter. This documentary follows the competitors as they battle through extreme winds, snowstorms, and torrential rain as they race along the Spine of Britain. Taking in some of the most remote and beautiful scenery the UK has to offer, the athletes have 7 days to complete the challenge, and to push their bodies and minds to the limits as they battle against sleep deprivation, extreme weather, exhaustion, & exposure.

Montane Spine Race website


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