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.
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.
|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|