New version of the Pennine Journey Guidebook - coming soon!
The publication of the new Pennine Journey Guidebook by Sigma Press was postponed for a while due to illness but all is now well and the proofs are now at the printers and a publication date of early March 2016 date is likely. Watch this space for the actual date!
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 now fully show the new 'Pennine Journey'
The Ordnance Survey has released the last Explorer map (307- Consett & Derwent Reservoir) in the series of Explorer maps that now cover the entire 247 mile route. They have also bundled them together for future journeyers click here to view the map bundle
The Ordnance Survey is to release new Landranger maps that will also cover the entire Pennine Journey route and these should be available in March 2016.
This is a special time for all AW admirers as it is the first time that a route of his own devising (as near as sensible to his actual route which involved many miles of road walking) is marked on an OS map - especially given his appreciation for the work of the Ordnance Survey of whom he said "I admire their work immensely, being lost in admiration of all their work."
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