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Britain's best-known National Trail winds for 256 miles through three National Parks – the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. This superb footpath showcases Britain's finest upland scenery, while touching the literary landscape of the Bronte family and Roman history along Hadrian's Wall. 138 large-scale walking maps – at just under 1:20,000 – showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features. Guides to 57 towns and villages – along the way Itineraries for all walkers – whether walking the route in its entirety or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks. Practical information for all budgets – Edale to Kirk Yetholm: where to stay (B&Bs, hostels, campsites, pubs and hotels), where to eat, what to see, plus detailed town plans Public transport information – all access points on the path. GPS waypoints. These are also downloadable from the Trailblazer website. Now includes extra color sections: 16pp color introduction and 16pp of color mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles.
|Edition description:||Fourth Edition|
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About the Author
Keith Carter has over 40 years' experience of hiking Britain's long-distance paths with numerous magazine articles published on the subject.
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Of all the long-distance trails in the British Isles the Pennine Way, 256 miles/412km (268 miles/429km including optional side routes) along the backbone of northern England, is pre-eminent. The first to be opened as a National Trail, to some it's the best; it's certainly the best known and it's arguably the hardest. Anyone who completes the Pennine Way will refute the suggestion that it was easy. It isn't. It requires fitness, determination, good humour and adaptability because your walk won't go smoothly all the time. There will be days when you wish you'd never crawled out of bed, but there will be others when you feel invincible, when you can walk all day and arrive at your next stop, raring to go. The Way takes you through most of the inland habitats of flora and fauna in this country and you'll see a wonderful variety of plant and animal life. You'll start with a testing trudge over the peat moors of the Peak District and continue into the South Pennines past such milestones as Stoodley Pike and Calder Vale. You then move into Brontë country and will pass Top Withins, said to be the Wuthering Heights of Emily's novel. Your path continues past reservoirs and windswept moorland until Lothersdale, the last former mill town, now a village with an incongruous factory chimney. The bedrock now turns to limestone and you enter the lowlands of the Airedale Gap where a delightful riverside walk leads to Malham. The climbing resumes, up onto Fountains Fell and Pen-y-ghent and then down into Horton-in-Ribblesdale in Three Peaks country, a land of wide skies and magnificent views. Through Swaledale the Way continues, where Hawes and Keld lead to lonely and deserted Baldersdale: the halfway point. Passing Teesdale's churning waterfalls, the Way then breaches the North Pennines to behold the stunning glaciated chasm of High Cup and thereafter the homely village of Dufton. Here begins the much- dreaded traverse of Cross Fell, at 2930ft/893m the walk's highest point. Gradually descending from the wilds of the North Pennines you reach Hadrian's Wall, archaeologically and historically one of the most evocative places in Britain. Along with High Cup, the walk along the Wall is one of the most outstanding days on the trail. North of the Wall you enter the vast forests of Wark and Redesdale, eventually reaching the village of Bellingham. One more day to the lonely forest outpost of Byrness is followed by the suitably climactic 27-mile (43km) slog over the Cheviots to the end at Kirk Yetholm.An unexpected bonus of the walk, particularly for city-based walkers, is the pleasing time-warp effect evoked in some villages; Garrigill being a good example. Here you'll enjoy a kind of Blytonesque rural British apogee: the tranquil village green with the village shop overlooking it and a church.For some the walk changes their lives. Certainly completing the Way proves there's nothing you can't do once you set your mind to it and, however you do it, the Pennine Way stands supreme.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION - PART 1: PLANNING YOUR WALK 1.1 About the Pennine Way, History - How difficult is the Pennine Way? (route finding) - How long do you need? 1.2 Practical information for the walker Accommodation (camping, bunkhouses and hostels, bed and breakfast) - Food and drink (drinking water, buying camping supplies, pubs) (Aside: Beer) - Money - Other services - Walking companies (accommodation booking, baggage carriers, self-guided holidays, group/guided walking tours) 1.3 Budgeting Camping - Bunkhouses and hostels - B&Bs - Extras (Aside: Information for foreign visitors) 1.4 When to go Seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter) - Temperature - Rainfall - Daylight hours 1.5 Itineraries and Planning map - Which direction? - Village and town facilities - Suggested itineraries (Asides: Highlights of the Pennine Way - the best day and weekend walks; Walking with dogs) 1.6 What to take Keep it light - How to carry it - Footwear (boots, socks, extra footwear) - Clothes (Aside: Cheaper alternatives) - Toiletries - First aid kit (Aside - Mountain rescue) - General items - Sleeping bag - Camping gear - Travel insurance - Maps - Recommended reading (general guidebooks, flora and fauna field guides) 1.7 Getting to and from the Pennine Way (Aside: Getting to Britain) National transport (rail, coach, car, air) - Local transport - Public transport map 1.8 Further information Trail information - National Parks - Tourist information - Organisations for walkersPART 2: THE NATURE OF THE PENNINE WAY 2.1 Flora and fauna Mammals - Reptiles - Birds (streams, rivers and lakes; woodland; moor, bog and grazing; buildings and cliffs) - Wild flowers, grasses and other plants (Aside: How do you identify a flower?) (bogs and wet areas; woodlands; higher areas; lower areas) (Asides: Why are flowers the colour they are; Orchids; Wild flowers) - Trees, woods and forests (oak and broadleaf woodlands; coniferous woodland (Aside: The Forestry Commission) 2.2 Conserving the nature of the Pennines Government agencies and schemes - Voluntary organisations - Beyond conservationPART 3: MINIMUM IMPACT WALKING 3.1 Economic impact Buy local (Aside: Food for thought) - Support local businesses - Encourage local cultural traditions and skills (Aside: The state of the farmed countryside) 3.2 Environmental impact Use public transport whenever possible Never leave litter (Aside- The lasting impact of litter) - Erosion - Respect all wildlife - Outdoor toiletry - Wild camping (Aside - Your ecological footprint) 3.3 Access Right to roam - Rights of way (Aside: National Parks and the honey pot issue) - Waymarking - The Country Code - Lambing - Grouse shootingPART 4: THE PENNINE WAY - EDALE TO KIRK YETHOLM Trail maps Scale and walking times - Up or down? - Accommodation - Other features Edale to Crowden (Asides: Kinder Scout; Trans-Pennine Trail) Crowden to Standedge Standedge to the Calder Valley (for Hebden Bridge)(Aside: Stoodley Pike) Calder Valley to Ponden (Aside: The Brontes of Haworth) Ponden to Thornton-in-Craven Thornton-in-Craven to Malham, Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (Asides: Fountains Fell; Fell running) Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes (Aside: Packhorse roads) Hawes to Keld(Aside: Field Barns) Keld to Tan Hill Tan Hill to Baldersdale(Asides: Hannah Hauxwell; Hannah's meadow) Baldersdale to Langdon Beck (Asides: High Force; Black Grouse) Langdon Beck to Dufton (Aside: High Cup) Dufton to Garrigill to Alston (Asides: Greg's Hut; Lead mining in the Pennines) Alston to Greenhead Greenhead to Once Brewed (Asides: Thirlwall Castle; Hadrian's Wall) Once Brewed to Bellingham Bellingham to Byrness Byrness to Kirk Yetholm (Aside: St Cuthbert's Way)APPENDIX: OUTDOOR SAFETY AND HEALTH Avoidance of hazards - Mountain safety - Weather forecasts - Water - Biting insects - Hypothermia - Dealing with an accident