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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.

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.


Below are the anticipated release dates of further OS maps on which will be the route.

OL30 - Yorkshire Dales northern & central areas - June 2015
OL31 - North Pennines - June 2015
OL43 - Hadrian’s Wall - June 2015
Explorer 307 - Consett & Derwent Reservoir - September 2015

Once the Explorer 307 is published then this will complete the marking of the route on Explorer maps and it would nice to think that this may be achieved by the 77th anniversary of when Alfred Wainwright set out from Settle 0n 25th September 1938. There is though an additional explorer map OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale which features part of the Pennine Journey route and this will be published during 2016.

Landranger mapping:
Putting the route onto Landranger maps has already commenced with, appropriately,  the first one, 97 Kendal & Morecambe, covering Alfred Wainwright’s adopted town of Kendal    

86 - Haltwhistle & Brampton - February 2016
87 - Hexham & Haltwhistle - February 2016
91 - Appleby-in-Westmorland - February 2016               
92 - Barnard Castle & Richmond - February 2016
98 - Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale - February 2016

Alfred Wainwright’s love of maps and his high regard for the work of the Ordnance Survey is well documented: on one occasion he said “I admire their work immensely, being lost in admiration of all their work. Their maps are, as ever, my favourite reading. .….... They are a fine example of dedicated effort and meticulous accuracy. My private sanctum at home is crammed with Ordnance maps, most of them dog-eared with over-much use but all loved and respected and handled with reverence.

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