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This page provides up to the minute changes to the route since the publication of the guide.
There are new maps available to print out and insert into the guidebook to help keep you on the right route.

Day 7 - Temporary footpath closure at Rookhope
Durham County Council made on Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act to prohibit all pedestrian traffic from proceeding on 50m of Prow Footpath (FP) 42 Stanhope Parish (including footbridge) at Boltsburn Mine, Rookhope Burn, Rookhope, from the meeting point with FP 41 at south westerly side of closure in a north easterly direction to enable repair works to the footbridge structure to be undertaken. Alt route from the northern side of closure either in a westerly direction on the highway to FP 56 at Burnside Cottages, then southerly, and then easterly to Boltsburn on the permissive footpath along the old line (this is part of one of the Rookhope circular walks); or in a southerly direction down Front St to FP 40, then southerly to connect onto FP 41, and then northerly to Boltsburn and south western side of closure. The maximum duration of the Order is 6 months. The works commenced on 12/11/20 and are anticipated to be required for 6 months.
click here for map detailing location and diversion

Day 6 - Langdon Beck (B6277) to Swinhope Head (Weardale)
We have listened very carefully to comments from Monitors and Journeyers who have experienced some route finding difficulties on this stretch of the Pennine Journey
Guide Page 76/77 - click here to view detailed route information

Day 11 Greenhead to Alston
This can be a difficult 17 miles over very wet terrain. 'Black' Hill gives a clue to terrain that seems to have been abandoned by man, with few waymarks PJ or PW and a sodden landscape. Careful attention to the guide book's route maps supplemented when appropriate OS maps (43 & 31) is recommended.

Crowdrundle Bridge

Day 12 – Alston to Milburn
There is now no need for wet feet when crossing Crowdundle Beck as there is now a magnificent footbridge.
Guide page 139

Day 13 Milburn to Appleby
Day 13 route advice Page 148. Go through the gate between the farm buildings to join a track.  Leave this soon to take a metal ladder stile on the left and, keeping parallel to the track, take a wooden step stile onto a lane and turn left.
  There have been reports of a padlocked gate on this lane before the road is reached but the gate is not  actually padlocked: it is closed by a chain that loops through the gate which does contain a padlock. The lock is not part of the actual fastening and the gate is in fact easily and quickly opened. 

Page 148 - click here to download larger version of map

Day 14 Appleby to Kirkby Stephen

Following major redevelopment in the vicinity of Ploughlands, the PJ path has moved.

From the text, walkers will arrive at the concrete road adjacent to the holiday cottages and large pond at Ploughlands. Here there is a clearly signed display board. See photographs.

The subsequent finger post with PJ sign directs you over the brow of the hill to drop down to a bridge/stile. Once over this, head for the metal gate with a half hidden waymark. Through this, follow the hedge on the left through 2 fields to reach the road at GR 749129. Turn left into Little Musgrave to reconnect with the main route.
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Day 15 – Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale Head

A new section of the Pennine Bridleway just beyond High Dyke now makes for an easier descent from the The High Way down to the Moorcock Inn.
Guide page 171 - click here to download new map

Day 16 Garsdale to Sedbergh

This section of the walk is potentially one of the best days if good weather prevails. Although the ground conditions can be very wet and the path as far as Uldale House is often more on the map than on the ground, it is no worse than parts of the route already experienced! Again as long as there is good visibility. We do suggest you have an OS map and compass with you. Do look for the PJ waymarked gate above Rawthey Gill at 745947

When you reach the minor road from Needle House, consider the weather and how much rain has fallen in the last few days. The crossing of Wandale Beck is a major hazard after heavy rain with no stepping stones to help in crossing the beck. Consider turning left on the minor road to the A683. Walk along this very carefully and re- join the route by taking the track crossing at Handley's bridge - page 176

This cautionary note can also apply to the crossing of Backside Beck, named in the text on page 178 but not named on the map. The beck flows through the settlement of Narthwaite and can present a potential hazard after heavy rain. Please consult your map and stay on the A683 as far as the footbridge at the Cross Keys but again please take care. It is a busy road!

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.
Guide page 193 - click here to download new map
Guide page 194 - click here to download new map

Penyghent Route AddendumRoute Addendum
As a response to those journeyers who have queried the omission of Penyghent from the Pennine Journey route, Ron Scholes has produced this ‘merged’ map from his route maps of Penyghent done for the Pennine Journey and Howgills and Limestone Trail guide books. Using this to continue on to the top of Penyghent before dropping down to Horton in Ribblesdale will enable all future journeyers to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks within their Pennine Journey.
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"Something happens to you in the silent places which never could in towns, and it is a good thing to sit awhile in a quiet spot and meditate. The hills have a power to soothe and heal which is their very own." AW in A Pennine Journey

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