A Pennine Journey

Total distance covered; 81 miles (130kms)

6 days walking, based in Hawes

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In 1938, with the shadow of war looming, Alfred Wainwright took some holiday and set off for a circular walk which would take him north from Settle, along the eastern flank of The Pennines, along one of the finest stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, and then back down the western flank of the Pennines to his original start point. The walk took him 11 days and covered 211 miles.

In the 1990’s keen long distance walkers Heather and David Pitt decided to devise their own route, broadly based on Wainwright’s 1938 adventure and his subsequent book (based on notes from the time, not published until 1986) ‘A Pennine Journey; the Story of a Long Walk in 1938’. A collaboration with the Wainwright Society saw their project finally come to fruition with the publicaton of a guidebook to 'A Pennine Journey' in 2010.


 View along Swaledale with sunshine highlighting the crags


The route is a total distance of 247 miles and over the next three years we intend to offer successive sections of The Pennine Journey, giving guests the opportunity to complete this challenging route in manageable stages. The three sections we shall schedule are; Settle to High Force (2017), High Force to Garrigill (2018) and Garrigill to Settle (2019). Even if you have no wish to complete the whole route any one of the three sections is a great walk in its own right.

You can read more about the route and its background on the route's official website and in an article which  appeared in the September 2016 edition of Country Walking which can be read here

For 2017 we are offering the 81 mile (130km) eastern section from Settle at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales to High Force in Teesdale. 

Rocky outcrops along the side of a verdant green valley


Highlights of this first section of A Pennine Journey include the ascent of Pen-y-Ghent (a diversion off the main route), the massive Hull Pot, the pastoral beauty of Wharfedale and the church at Hubberholme, the haymeadows and criss-cross tracery of stone walls in Wensleydale and Swaledale, the village green at Bainbridge, the isolated Tan Hill Inn, Hannah Hauxwell’s cottage in Baldersdale, and the waterfalls at Kisdon Force, Low Force and High Force. 

 White water thundering over a rocky lip between towering cliffs

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Date:Jul 2 - Jul 7, 2017
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Day 1: Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 8 mls (13kms)
Day 2: Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Buckden 13 mls (21kms)
Day 3: Buckden to Askrigg 12 mls (19kms)
Day 4: Askrigg to the Tan Hill Inn 15 mls (24kms)
Day 5: The Tan Hill Inn to Balderhead Reservoir 15 mls (24kms)
Day 6: Balderhead Reservoir to High Force 14 mls (23kms)



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