The Ancient Unicorn at Bowes
As of August 15th 2015 the Ancient Unicorn at Bowes will be open for business. They have 10 letting rooms and are keen to encourage Pennine Journey walkers. The accommodation can be contacted via Andy Sparrow, firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS RELEASE - 1st July 2015
We have been told by Frances Lincoln that, for commercial reasons, after current stocks have been sold they will not be re-printing any more editions of the ‘A Pennine Journey’ pictorial guide book. Since it was first published early in 2010 there have been 3 reprints.
Whilst it is sad that the relationship with Frances Lincoln has now ended, the decision in 2006 by John Nicoll, then managing director, to commission the pictorial guide book will never be forgotten and was unquestionably the major factor that has led to this modern re-creation of Alfred Wainwright’s 1938 Pennine Journey.
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OS Explorer maps to show the new 'Pennine Journey'
Ordnance Survey has been working with the Pennine Journey Supporters Club to update its popular OS Explorer series of maps to show the new ‘Pennine Journey’.
We have heard from the Ordnance Survey that another Explorer Map with the Pennine Journey route on it, OL19 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley, has been published to go along with the previously published OS Explorer OL2.
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
Wainwright Memorial Walk
The Pennine Journey Supporters Club are exploring with Brigantes Walking Holidays the possibility of starting an annual Pennine Journey to reflect the original one done by Alfred Wainwright in 1938 - 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