The Pennine Way has something to offer every long distance walker. This is a 270-mile walk that will take you from the Peak District National Park along the Pennine ridge through the Yorkshire Dales, up into Northumberland, across the Cheviots, and into the Scottish Borders.
The Yorkshire Dales section takes in the spectacular Malham Cove and Tarn, the dramatic Three Peaks area, the climb of Great Shunner Fell and Tan Hill where you will find the highest inn in Britain.
There's plenty of historical and cultural interest too. Starting at the scene of the Kinder Scout mass trespasses of the 1930s, you walk through the Southern Pennines, cradle of the Industrial Revolution, pass Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters, across the limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales, and enter a huge Pennine area that was exploited by every kind of mining activity, the lead industry in particular. Finally you'll reach the Roman Wall and beyond that the territory of the Scottish Border rivers.
As with all walks, sound planning is important. There are sections of the route, especially at each end, which require careful thought about accommodation and advance booking is advisable at most times of the year.
The Pennine Way takes you into isolated country. Although that is part of the exhilaration, consideration must be made of the challenges and responsibilities such country brings with it. On a multi-day expedition such as this you are almost certain to experience a variety of British weather. In high and wild places this can include dangerous extremes. Pay close attention to detail in your choice of equipment. Brush up your navigation skills, carry the appropriate large-scale maps and know how to use them.
This is one walk you'll never forget completing!
For more information visit the official Pennine Way website.