The latest Pennine Journey Supporters Newsletter is now available to view by clicking following link - Newsletter Autumn 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
Just 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.
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
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 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.”
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
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
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
Donate-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.
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.
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.
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.
August 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 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
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
Supporters Club receive HMRC registration for Gift Aid.
Partnership agreed with the Friends of the North Pennines to launch a Donate–a-Gate scheme.
On 31st March, following the Wainwright Society's AGM, the Pennine Journey Supporters Club was inaugurated.
Decision taken to establish a Pennine Journey Supporters Club - the name reflects AW being a founder member of Blackburn Rovers Supporters Club.
Wainwright Society withdraws as “Responsible Organisation” - Press Release
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.'
Agreement with all the highway authorities concerning the nature and frequency of waymarks along the route has now been reached.
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.
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.
2,000 guide books sold within a year of its launch.
Wainwright Society recognised as the Responsible Organisation for the future waymarking of the Pennine Journey by Cumbria CC and the Yorkshire Dales NPA.
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.
Completers cloth badges now available. Click here for more information.
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.
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
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
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
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