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From Edale to Kirk Yetholm along the backbone of England

Trail Details

Location: England, United Kingdom
Length: 268 miles (431 km)
Type: Point-to-Point
Duration: 14-24 days
Difficulty: Moderate
Elev. change: n/a
Highest point: Cross Fell, 2,930 ft (893 m)
Season: June through September
Permits: None


Trail Summary

The 268-mile (431km) Pennine Way (PW) was originally the inspiration of walker and writer Tom Stephenson. In an article published in 1935 in the Daily Herald titled ‘Wanted: A Long Green Trail’, he envisioned a counterpart to America’s Appalachian Trail, running through England from the Peak to the Cheviots. Walking south to north from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm just over the Scottish border, the route passes through a wide variety of landscapes has something to offer every long-distance walker. You will bear witness to the distinctive charms of three of England’s popular national parks – the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the Northumberland National Park – and also quickly discover that along the entire trail there are many significant historical and cultural points of interest, too. Well-known as Britain’s first ever long-distance path, the PW is also generally regarded as the toughest and most challenging walk on the island.

Recommended Planning Guide

Pennine Way Guidebook

Plan & Go | Pennine Way is the complete guide to hiking one of Britain’s best known and toughest trails. In a clear and concise manner, the book describes what to expect from the 268-mile walk along the ‘backbone of England’ and provides all the essential planning information to save you time and effort with your own preparations.
In addition, the guide offers practical advice on athletic training, which food to pack and in what quantities, how to select gear and which items work best, as well as various other essentials for the trail. Further included are different budget options and sample hiking itineraries to help you create an itinerary that best suits your personal preferences as well as an entertaining and highly motivating account of the authors’ own 24-day Pennine Way journey.

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Pennine Way South

Pennine Way Central

Pennine Way North

These three Harvey Pennine Way Maps cover the entire route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. They are detailed, with the route clearly marked. All maps are printed on 100% waterproof and practically indestructible paper.

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Currently, there are no mobile apps available for the Pennine Way.

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