From the moment I started hiking I loved it and wanted to do more. Further distances, prettier scenes and I was in search of a new challenge.
This is where I found the Pennine Way and it immediately went on my bucket list. And you can see why:
- Length: 267 miles, 467 km
- Time required: about 3 weeks
- Region: Northern England
- Start: Edale, Derbyshire
- End: Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders
- Difficulty: Hard
The walking distance isn’t what appealed to me, ok maybe it was but from walking sections by accident it’s the pure rawness of the trail from Edal all the way to the Scottish Borders. Just imagine all of the different terrains, elevations and inspiring views.
Not many people know that it was the Appalacian Trail in the USA that inspired the campaign to create this national trail.
So not only do you get the inspiring journey through three national parks; Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland, you’ll also get a free half pint at the finish if you do it in one. This is all thanks to Mr Wainwright (that great man!) offering a free half pint of beer to any walker completing the mighty hike. Walking through the Peak District it’s pretty exposed and having camped and walked through the Yorkshire Dales I can’t say it’s too different in the places I’ve been.
This is one of the biggest concerns for me walking is being exposed to the elements. No shade and a warm day you’ll be roasted, cold day and windy it can be like walking into a brick wall. Then you’ve got to consider camping or even better wild camping.
But these are all challenges that are there to overcome. Life isn’t easy it’s the preparation that makes it easier. I love the idea of the West Highland Way due to being able to hammock camp but the idea of completing such an inspirational walk with a history behind it just does it for me.
Let’s hope that we’ve got a month in our future to be able to spend with blood, sweat and tears on a daily basis.
Why do we do this 🙂
If you’re looking to do this and want some advice on planning and what to expect here’s a real honest review from Rambling Man: https://ramblingman.org.uk/planningatrip/pennine_way