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May 2021
The following is an account of Jill King's 'virtual' Pennine Journey and fundraising:

As a former long standing route co-ordinator, I am very familiar with the PJ route on the ground.

Once we went into Lockdown and told to walk locally, my virtual journey began on 22nd November 2020 with a 1 mile turn round the block. What followed was a mix of long and short walks. I chose to complete the 247 miles by walking 12 miles back to back and staying overnight to walk the Yorkshire Square walk.

I (virtually) spent Christmas Day in Bowes, Good Friday in Appleby and finished in Settle exactly 6 months on to the day.

Our Supporter’s Club charity is the Great North Air Ambulance and they will be the beneficiary of £750. (an appropriate amount linked to my upcoming age!)

Jill King (Member No. 5)

June 2020

Bob Dickman is raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service by walking 1 mile a day on a section of the Coast to Coast route at Burnbanks near Bampton. His plan is to raise money by walking the equivalent of the length of the Coast to Coast route - 200 miles. Bob was a very early member of the Pennine Journey Supporters Club and one of the many benefits he has brought to the PJSC was persuading our Treasurer, Catherine, to come on board with her invaluable knowledge and expertise.

Update October 2020: Bob has now decided to extend his fundraising walk by an extra 47 miles and hopes to complete by his 89th birthday in November 2020. This extra 47 miles will also mean that Bob will have walked a total of 247 miles which is the exact distance of the Pennine Journey walk.
Read more on Bob's story

April 2020
The PJSC are pleased to announce they have made it easier for accommodation providers to advertise their business on the website. As part of a modernisation of our website and the administration aspect of the society we have now introduced an online form whereby accommodation providers now have a quick and simple process to have their business advertised. This not only helps the business's along the route but also cuts down on the administration needed to be done by our team of volunteers.

February 2020
We are excited to be able to announce that the next stage in  the journey of ‘A Pennine Journey’ is to be a campaign to have its status designated as a National Trail as a tribute to Alfred Wainwright  to be achieved by 25th September 2028 - the 90th anniversary of him leaving Settle on his ‘A Pennine Journey’. We have been in preliminary discussions with the National Trail authorities who emphasise that ..... read more

November 2019
The committee of the Pennine Journey Supporters Club were pleased to be able to mark the 90th birthday of its founding President, Ron Scholes, who is a train enthusiast, with the gift of a picture (taken by member Dr Richard Wozniak) of a steam train arriving at Settle station. Ron, who drew the wonderful route maps and vignettes for the pictorial guide, was a personal friend of Alfred Wainwright and delighted to get the picture .... read more

July 2019
The Pennine Journey has been re-published by The Wainwright Society
Following the announcement that The Wainwright Society will be publishing some out of print books by Alfred Wainwright, the first of these, A Pennine Journey, is now available to buy. This new edition contains the full text as originally published as well as additional material produced by Wainwright at the time it was written in 1938. To find out more visit The Wainwright Society by clicking here

Pennine Journey blog
Dave Felton has published a fascinating and informative blog about his walk on the Pennine Journey complete with some of the stunning scenery along the route. Dave's background is in book and digital publishing, including most recently founding Inspired by Lakeland, a Cumbrian publisher specialising in books and gifts relating to wild places.

Pop the kettle on, make a brew and join Dave on his trip retracing AW's footsteps by clicking on the following link UK Long Distance Footpaths - A Pennine Journey

June 2019
In May 2019 Fudge, a very cute Cocker Spaniel, ably assissted by his human companions completed the Pennine Journey and have created a very detailed and informative blog of their trip. This is well worth a read for anyone planning their own Pennine Journey and the trip report can be read by clicking the following link

May 2019
The Countrystride Podcasts walks the Pennine Journey
The Countrystride Podcast celebrates the landscapes, culture, heritage and people of Cumbria and the Lake District through a unique blend of immersive field recordings, inspiring commentary and interviews. In the latest podcast John Manning - Cumbria Magazine and Lakeland Walker editor - walks from Dufton to Appleby-in-Westmorland along the Pennine Journey. To listen to the podcast - and view the other excellent podcasts produced thus far, simply click the following link - Countrystride #14: A PENNINE JOURNEY

April 2019
Download a GPX file for this section of The Pennine JourneyOur Route Coordinator, Robert Cullen, has been hard at wrok creating on Viewfranger free, downloadable GPX route files and maps for the whole of the Pennine Journey. To view all of the Pennine Journey stages online via 'Viewranger' on an interactive map, view elevation profiles and download a GPX file for your own use then simply vist the Route Summary page for a complete list of all stages.

For help with all things Viewranger works visit their support pages at

March 2019
Following the 2018 AGM, which was held at Kirkby Stephen Hostel, a re-shaped team was voted into office to build upon the fantastic foundation already in place and widen the awareness of the Pennine Journey.

Officers of the Club
President: Ron Scholes
Chairman: Chris Butterfield
Membership Secretary: Heather Leach
Minutes Secretary: Priscilla Butterfield
Publicity Officer: David Pitt
Treasurer/Social Media: Catherine McDonnell
Route Coordinator: Robert Cullen
Webmaster: Dik Stoddart

December 2018
The Pennine Journey walk has been featured in the Great Walks Australia magazine. You can view the PDF by clicking on the following link - PJ in Great Walks Australia

November 2018

Richard Else, producer/director of the award winning BBC Wainwright films and author of Wainwright Revealed, remembers this extraordinary man and the story of A pennine Journey click here to read more

September 2018
We are looking for charities, organisations and clubs, who have amongst their members or supporters experienced walkers, to take part in a marathon fundraising event on 29th September 2018 based on the new ‘A Pennine Journey’ long distance footpath. Dubbed the “PJ-in-a-Day”, the idea is for each ‘charity’ to get some of their members or supporters to walk a section of the Pennine Journey and raise funds by sponsorship for their own ‘charity’.

To find out more click the following link PJ-in-a-Day

May 2018
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect on 25th May 2018 and deals with data protection and your personal information. To see how the Pennine Journey Supporters Club collect, handle, store and use your personal information please read our Privacy Policy. You can also view details on how you can amend any personal information we hold or ask us to remove your personal information from our records.

February 2018
A short piece has been added detailing a Pennine Journey trip by Rebekah Burman from Oxford and her grandparents who walked the route in July 2017 raising funds towards a project of Rebekah’s to raise £10000 in 4/5 years for an open-air classroom for street children in Kenya. Here is Rebekah’s report on her walk and the project.

October 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the Pennine Journey Supporters Club will be held at 2.30 pm on Saturday, 18th November 2017 at Bowlees Visitor Centre.  Further details will follow to all members but prospective members are also welcome to the meeting.

Completers Certificate
August 2017
We have recently designed a Completers Certificate for those of you who have completed the total length of the Pennine Journey. The certificate is A4 in size and laminated with handwritten details including your name and completion date. To obtain a certificate simply visit the Merchandise page to download an order form.

July 2017
On the ridge between Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell in Mallerstang in the Eden valley is an unnamed tarn.

Following an initiative by Ron Scholes and David Pitt, president and chairman of the Pennine Journey Supporters Club, the Ordnance Survey have agreed to name the tarn Swarth Fell Tarn ...... read more

June 2017
A milestone of a different kind has been reached Bluebell Woodin ‘A Pennine Journey’ with the first use of the whole route for a sponsored walk.  Breaking the ice (but obviously not in June when they did the walk!) is a group from the Milestone Pub at Crystal Peaks, Sheffield who walked the route in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.  View more information about the sponsored walk by clicking the following link - press release.

April 2017
Taxis now listed on the Pennine Journey website
We have started to compile a listing of taxi companies along the whole of the Pennine Journey route and these are listed on the Accommodation pages. If you have any recommendations or have used a taxi company that isn't listed on the website then drop us an email using the following link and we will add them -

October 2016
The latest Pennine Journey Supporters Newsletter is now available to view by clicking following link - Newsletter Autumn 2016

September 2016
The Pennine Journey featured in Country Walking this month Journey and for those of you who missed it then click the following link to download a PDF - Country Walking on the Pennine Journey

Country Walking features The Pennine JourneyJust under 200 copies of the guidebooks were sold as a direct result of this feature so as well as the all-round publicity from the article hopefully some of those who purchased the books will be making plans on walking this excellent long distance trail.

Country Walking have also sent some surplus back copies of the September issue for visitors to the Wainwright Exhibition (see below) in the hope of a modest donation to museum funds so if you haven't yet visited the Wainwright Exhibition in Keswick pop along soon and grab yourself a copy.

Aug 2016
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 released new Landranger maps that will also cover the entire Pennine Journey route and these were made 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."

July 2016
On 31st July the Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome are organising a Westmorland Dales Day to celbrate the extension of the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the environs of Kirkby Stephen.

The PJSC will be promoting a walk to emphasis the connection of the town with Alfred Wainwright. The walk touches, chronologically, on AW’s 1938 Pennine Journey, his 1973 Coast to Coast Walk, the modern Pennine Journey and also the Howgills and Limestone Trail. Put the date in your diary, come along and have your picture taken by the pavement slab under the portico.

May 2016
Keswick Museum is running an exhibition dedicated to Alfred Wainwright entitle 'A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells running from 23rd May 2016 to 4th January 2017.

There will be a feature in the exhibition about "A Pennine Journey - The Story of a Long Walk in 1938". Copies of the updated Pennine Journey guide book and specially printed copies of AW’s book will be on sale at the exhibition for museum funds - click here to download a PDF

New Pennine Journey Guidebook published by Sigma Press November 2015
New 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.”

October 2015
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Bill Mitchell whose contribution to public awareness about the delights of, primarily, the Yorkshire Dales but also Cumbria through his own writings and his many years as editor of Dalesman is immeasurable. He was a true gentleman in every sense of that word. He was a personal friend of AW and needed no persuasion to make a contribution to the first thought by the Wainwright Society in 2005 of how to promote the idea of a re-creation of ‘A Pennine Journey’. - more

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. - more info

October 2014
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’. After the publication of OL 2 last year 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. - more info

April 2014
Donate A GateDonate-a-Gate At the end of the month the first gate under the donate-a-gate scheme within the North Pennines AONB partnership will be ‘unveiled’ in Teesdale in memory of Bob Pendlebury who was the first chairman of the North Pennines AONB and for many years a ‘champion’ of the North Pennines.

Close up of the plaque The scheme arose in 2011 after an idea by David Pitt, of the Pennine Journey project, chimed with Mike Ogden, Senior Rights of Way Officer with Durham County Council, who had heard from an ex-colleague, then with Buckinghamshire County Council, of a similar scheme in the Chilterns. This had been operated satisfactorily for some years by the Chiltern Society who were very forthcoming with advice.

In 2012 the idea was taken up by the newly formed Friends of the North Pennines and the Pennine Journey Supporters Club (see club newsletter 1). It was from these early discussions that the North Pennines Walking Festival in 2013 arose and another festival from 27th September - 5th October is already being planned.

March 2014
The Pennine Journey Supporters Club newsletter No. 4 is now available to download by clicking here

December 2013
- The Ordnance Survey have now confirmed to the Pennine Journey Supporters Club that they will put the route of the Pennine Journey long-distance footpath onto their Landranger and Explorer maps in future reprints. As each relevant Landranger and Explorer map is updated the alignment of the Pennine Journey route will be added to their records at 1:25,000 (Explorer) scale.

A pavement slab unveiled in Oct 2013 to commemmorate the 75th anniversary of Alfred Wainwright's Pennine Journey and the 40th anniversary of the publication of his Coast to Coast Walk guide.October 2013 - On the 6th October 2013, the day of the PJSC AGM there was a short walk taking in parts of theCoast to Coast Walk, the Pennine Journey and the Howgills and Limestone Trail. Before the walk a pavement slab was 'unveiled' by the chair of Kirkby Town Council as the slab was a joint initiative by the Town Council, Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome Group and the Pennine Journey Supporters Club. It commemmorates the 75th anniversary of Alfred Wainwright's Pennine Journey and the 40th anniversary of the publication of his Coast to Coast Walk guide.

28th September 2013 Before the walking festival was mooted the idea had arisen of some kind of an event to mark the 75th anniversary of AW’s Pennine Journey and, hopefully, the completion of the waymarking. What eventually transpired was the PJ-in-a-Day charity marathon involving a combination of charities and organisations raising funds for themselves by walking sections of the route. Part of this marathon took place within the North Pennines Walking Festival but the remaining 120 miles from Kirkby Stephen to the Tan Hill Inn was also covered. The Pennine Journey was well and truly launched on a glorious day for walking.
click here for an account of the day from the Yorkshire Dales Society newsletter
click here for an account of the day from Cumbria Wildlife Trust

28th September to 5th October 2013 The first North Pennines Walking Festival which arose from earlier discussions between the Pennine Journey Supporters Club and the Friends of the North Pennines about promoting the Pennine Journey. This was a great success due to hard work from a variety of people and organisations in the area especially the North Pennines AONB. The opening day of the festival was devoted entirely of walks that took in the 127 miles of the Pennine |Journey between the Tan Hill Inn and Kirkby Stephen. The festival was opened jointly by the local MP’s Rory Stewart and Guy Opperman at Epiacum with them joining one of the walks into Alston.

25th September 2013 The 75th anniversary of when Alfred Wainwright set out from Settle on his Pennine Journey of 11 days and covering a distance of around 210 miles before returning to Settle on 5th October.

24th September 2013 This day marked the completion by Rangers and Rights of Way Officers of all the highway agencies along the route – the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the County Councils of North Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria – of the waymarking of the entire 247 miles of the Pennine Journey.

The tape about to be cut on the commemmorative bench by the deputy chairman of Muker parish council, Ray CalverAugust 2013 - With the cooperation of Muker parish council a bench seat was installed at East Gill Force, Swaledale - a junction of the Pennine Journey, the Coast to Coast Walk and the Pennine Way.
This was to commemmorate the 75th anniversary of Alfred Wainwright's Pennine Journey,the 45th anniversary of the publication of his Pennine Way Companion and The plaque on the commemmorative bench at East Gill Forcethe 40th anniversary of his Coast to Coast Walk guide book.The picture shows the tape about to be cut by the deputy chairman of Muker parish council, Ray Calvert

July 2013 Newsletter No. 2 published - click here to download

May 2013 New bench at East Gill Force, Keld to commemorate the anniversaries of Alfred Wainwright’s Pennine Journey, the publication of his Pennine Way Companion and the publication of his Coast to Coast Walk guide book.

December 2012 Newsletter No. 1 published - click here to download

December 2012 Route revision, day 17, Sedbergh to Ingleton. The PJ route now follows the road into Ingleton from Beezley as a payment is now required to walk down by the falls. For more information please click here

September 2012
- Supporters Club receive HMRC registration for Gift Aid.
- Partnership agreed with the Friends of the North Pennines to launch a Donate–a-Gate scheme.

March 2012 On 31st March, following the Wainwright Society's AGM, the Pennine Journey Supporters Club was inaugurated.

February 2012 Decision taken to establish a Pennine Journey Supporters Club - the name reflects AW being a founder member of Blackburn Rovers Supporters Club.

January 2012 Wainwright Society withdraws as “Responsible Organisation” - Press Release

December 2011 The Ordnance Survey have agreed, following the completion of the waymarking of the Pennine Journey route, to add 'the alignment of the ‘Pennine Journey’ . . . .to OS Landranger and Explorer mapping.'

November 2011 Agreement with all the highway authorities concerning the nature and frequency of waymarks along the route has now been reached.
Plaque at Settle Station
September 2011
On 25th September a Blue Plaque was unveiled at Settle station to commemorate Alfred Wainwright's Pennine Journey. Following the unveiling 42 Wainwright Society members, some members of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and others enjoyed a walk to Catrigg Force with additional fellowship at the Lion at Settle Hotel afterwards.

On 26th September a half hour TV programme entitled Wainwright’s Long Walk was shown on BBC TV throughout the North of England. This was an an enlarged version of last year’s Inside Out programmes with additional footage of interviews with AW’s biographer, Hunter Davies and Colin Bywater, illustrator of the pictorial guide who was filmed sketching St. Oswald’s Church Horton-in-Ribblesdale - believed to be AW’s first landscape sketch.

Agreement in principle has been given by all the highway authorities along the route for it to be waymarked. Discussions are continuing and it is hoped that the whole of the route will be waymarked to celebrate the 75th anniversay on 25th September 2013. Now that this agreement has been forthcoming an approach will be made soon to the Ordnance Survey to have the route marked on future OS maps as a tribute to Alfred Wainwright.

August 2011 A Development Plan has been sent to all the highway authorities seeking their approval for the route to be waymarked. Considerable support from a wide range of individuals, parish councils and other organisations has been obtained and a full list, and the Plan, can be viewed by clicking the link above.

March 2011 2,000 guide books sold within a year of its launch.

January 2011 Wainwright Society recognised as the Responsible Organisation for the future waymarking of the Pennine Journey by Cumbria CC and the Yorkshire Dales NPA.

December 2010 Stuart Maconie, Society Honorary Member, follows in the footsteps of AW and reveals the surprising secrets of a marathon expedition he made along the length of the Pennines on the eve of the Second World War in the BBC’s 'Inside Out' programme. During the programme Wainwright Society chairman Eric Robson with members Heather and David Pitt and Ron Scholes were interviewed - at Settle, Blanchland and Housesteads. The film was screened in two parts in October 2010. View the BBC's Inside Out programme on ‘A Pennine Journey’ on YouTube.

December 2010 Completers cloth badges now available. Click here for more information.

November 2010 A completers register has been added to the website. If you have walked the Pennine Journey please let us know so we can add you to the list.

New bridge over Crowdundle BeckSeptember 2010 AW's Pennine Pilgrimage featured in Lakeland Walker magazine. Download the article by clicking on the following links:
page 1 - page 2

Crowdundle Beck, day 12, can now be crossed with dry feet. A new bridge means that there is now no need to wade the beck.

August 2010 Guide book sales are so promising that Frances Lincoln order a re-print of another 1000 copies.

July 2010 Pennine Journey accommodation listing launched.

Spring 2010 Durham County Council have endorsed the route and Northumberland County Council have offered their support.

17 April 2010 Guide book Launch Walk. Walk Report

September 2008
Lancashire Telegraph publish article on the 70th Anniverary Walk. Click here to view the article

70th Anniversary walk commemorating the start of AW’s Pennine Journey and, coincidentally, the contract for the guide book is signed with Frances Lincoln.

Yorkshire Post newspaper article 'Following steps of Wainwright to Hadrian's Wall' published. Click here to view the article

Dalesman magazine article on 70th Anniversary walk by John Burland. Click the following links to view the article page 1 - page 2

August 2008
Completion of the final test walking

News and Star article Walk to Celebrate Wainwright 70th Anniversary published.

July 2007 Start of the final test walking based on Ron Scholes’s maps.

March 2008 'Our Pennine Journey', article was published in The Wainwright Society's Footsteps magazine. Click here to download the article

January 2007 AW’s Centenary Memorial at Blackburn Cathedral when one of the readings was from A Pennine Journey.

2006 Frances Lincoln agree to publish an illustrated guide book

March 2006

At 3rd Society AGM David reported that all the 18 stages had been walked, recorded, written-up and test walked

A Pennine Journey - Rewalkedarticle was published in The Wainwright Society's Footsteps magazine

December 2005 Ron Scholes offers to provide detailed route maps and Colin Bywater offers to do black and white illustrations for the guide book

March 2005 At 2nd Society AGM Pennine Journey project launched, with volunteers to be sought to walk and test walk 18 stages providing/amending written descriptions of the route

January 2004
At 1st Society AGM David & Heather Pitt suggest that the Society uses their 1998 walk and updates it as a collaborative venture by the members

November 2002 Wainwright Society formed September

1998 David & Heather Pitt walk their route of 230 miles and arrive back at Settle on 24th September, coincidentally the 60th anniversary of when AW set out from Settle on his journey

Winter 1991/2 David & Heather Pitt, having read ‘A Pennine Journey’, start to plan a long distance walk based upon it

September 1986 ‘A Pennine Journey’ published by Michael Joseph: 37 years after it was written

24 September 1938 AW leaves Settle bound for Hadrian’s Wall and returns on 11 October having walked around 210 miles

17 January 1907 Alfred Wainwright (AW) born in Blackburn, Lancashire

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