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New Pennine Journey Guidebook coverNew version of the Pennine Journey Guidebook - coming soon!

The final proofs have been returned to the publishers, Sigma Press, and publication of the update is expected in November – in time to order signed copies to send out as Christmas presents! The book will have this foreword by Mark Richards who for many years has been unstinting in praising the help and advice he received from AW at the start of his writing career as this acknowledgement from his 1976 book “ Through Welsh Border Country following Offa’s Dyke Path” illustrates:- “I wish to record my special thanks to Mr. A. Wainwright for all his encouragement and advice, which formed the foundation, and continues as an inspiration, of my work.”

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

The Pennine Journey - map by Ron ScholesThe 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

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