TOMMY OGDEN

The Pennine Way

Notes from a long-distance hike from Derbyshire to Scotland over the hills of north England, with maps, profiles and numbers.

In the spring of 2009, I walked the 429km¹ of the Pennine Way, a national trail along the hills of northern England, in 15 days.

Setting off from Derbyshire, I hiked over the Peak District moors into East Lancashire; through the Yorkshire Dales into County Durham and Westmorland; along Hadrian’s Wall and through the Kielder Forest in Northumberland; finally traversing the Cheviot Hills to cross the border into Scotland two weeks later.

I camped along the way; carrying my tent, sleeping bag and stove on my back. Happily I was joined by my dad for two days, and my friend Jim for another two. The rest of the time, I was on my own.

Itinerary

Starting off from Edale in the Hope Valley, I stopped at each of the destinations below in a wonderful fortnight.

Follow the link on any of the destination names to read my journal for that day's walk.

Day Destination Distance Ascent Duration
1 Crowden 27.5 km 911 m 6½ h
2 Blackstone Edge 28.8 km 1,005 m 8 h
3 Ponden 30.3 km 924 m 9 h
4 Gargrave 25.1 km 776 m 8 h
5 Malham 10.0 km 241 m 3 h
6 Horton-in-Ribblesdale 22.9 km 852 m 6 h
7 Hardraw Force 24.1 km 560 m 7 h
8 Tan Hill 24.1 km 1,077 m 7 h
9 Middleton-in-Teesdale 29.2 km 551 m 8 h
10 Dufton 36.4 km 561 m 10 h
11 Alston 31.4 km 1,069 m 8½ h
12 Greenhead 26.6 km 577 m 8 h
13 Bellingham 34.3 km 920 m 10 h
14 Byreness 23.7 km 544 m 6½ h
15 Kirk Yetholm 40.0 km 1,620 m 11 h
Total 414.4 km 12,188 m 127½ h