Bridge damage at Dufton
We have been informed of damage to the bridge close over Dufton Ghyll at NY6879 2497 marked as a red circle on the downloadable map. Any Pennine Journeyers should check their map and use a different footpath or the road to pick up the route at Redbanks bridge. Thanks to Cumbria CC for this notification and we will inform you when the bridge is restored. Click here to download the map as a PDF
OS Explorer OL2 to show the new 'Pennine Journey'
Ordnance Survey has been working with the Pennine Journey Supporters Club to update its popular OS Explorer OL2 map to show the new ‘Pennine Journey’. The map now features the start and finish of Alfred Wainwirght’s ‘A Pennine Journey’.
This is a modern re-creation of the 1938 circular walk by Alfred Wainwright from Settle, North Yorkshire to Hadrian’s Wall and back which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.
This development arises following the Pennine Journey Supporters Club who made available to the Ordnance Survey the hand-drawn route maps from the Journey’s guide book which have been done by the Club’s president Ron Scholes - a noted writer of walking guides and who was a friend of Alfred Wainwright - for more details click here
The Pennine Journey is a challenging circular walk of 247 miles, passing through the wonderful variety of terrain and scenery the north of England offers whilst touching on all the major rivers in the region.
Starting in the market town of Settle in North Yorkshire the route heads up the eastern side of the Pennines through the delightful Yorkshire Dales. It takes in stretches of County Durham before arriving at Hadrian’s Wall. The Wall is followed for 21 miles before heading down the western side of the Pennines. Travelling down the Eden Valley and then skirting the Howgill Fells it arrives back in Settle.
Perhaps not surprisingly over half the Pennine Journey is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This was established in 1988 and it is the second largest of 40 AONBs within England and Wales.
The varied geology of the area, much in evidence on the walk, has been recognised by it becoming Britain's first Eurpean Geopark and it was a founding member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
The book divides the walk into 18 daily stages of varying length and offers a choice of possibilities. It can be undertaken as one continuous walk, split at Housesteads on Hadrian’s Wall (Alfred Wainwright’s primary objective) into two stages of roughly 120 miles or divided into three stages - eastern, northern and western - of around 80 miles.
"A walking tour is a perfect holiday. It is exercise for the body, rest and refreshment for the mind, a sermon for the soul. You experience a lifetime of incident in a week." AW in A Pennine Journey