The Pennine Journey to feature in the September 2016 edition of Country Walking
Ever since the real task of promoting the Pennine Journey got under way following the publication of the guide book in 2010 it has been a struggle to get national publicity on a significant scale.
However earlier this year contact was made with the Country Walking magazine which resulted in the deputy editor Nick Hallissey, together with photographer Tom Bailey, coming north from their base in Peterborough for three days in late June of this year - click for more information
The issue goes on sale on 18th August so order it now before it is sold out!
A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells - Keswick Museum
Keswick Museum is running an exhibition dedicated to Alfred Wainwright entitle 'A Love Letter to the Lakeland Fells running from 23rd May 2016 to 4th January 2017.
There will be a feature in the exhibition about "A Pennine Journey - The Story of a Long Walk in 1938". Copies of the updated Pennine Journey guide book and specially printed copies of AW’s book will be on sale at the exhibition for museum funds - click here to download a PDF
OS Explorer maps now fully show the new 'Pennine Journey'
The Ordnance Survey has released the last Explorer map (307- Consett & Derwent Reservoir) in the series of Explorer maps that now cover the entire 247 mile route. They have also bundled them together for future journeyers click here to view the map bundle
The Ordnance Survey is to release new Landranger maps that will also cover the entire Pennine Journey route and these should be available in March 2016.
This is a special time for all AW admirers as it is the first time that a route of his own devising (as near as sensible to his actual route which involved many miles of road walking) is marked on an OS map - especially given his appreciation for the work of the Ordnance Survey of whom he said "I admire their work immensely, being lost in admiration of all their work."
The Pennine Journey is a challenging circular walk of 247 miles, passing through the wonderful variety of terrain and scenery the north of England offers whilst touching on all the major rivers in the region.
Starting in the market town of Settle in North Yorkshire the route heads up the eastern side of the Pennines through the delightful Yorkshire Dales. It takes in stretches of County Durham before arriving at Hadrian’s Wall. The Wall is followed for 21 miles before heading down the western side of the Pennines. Travelling down the Eden Valley and then skirting the Howgill Fells it arrives back in Settle.
Perhaps not surprisingly over half the Pennine Journey is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This was established in 1988 and it is the second largest of 40 AONBs within England and Wales.
The varied geology of the area, much in evidence on the walk, has been recognised by it becoming Britain's first Eurpean Geopark and it was a founding member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
The book divides the walk into 18 daily stages of varying length and offers a choice of possibilities. It can be undertaken as one continuous walk, split at Housesteads on Hadrian’s Wall (Alfred Wainwright’s primary objective) into two stages of roughly 120 miles or divided into three stages - eastern, northern and western - of around 80 miles.
"A walking tour is a perfect holiday. It is exercise for the body, rest and refreshment for the mind, a sermon for the soul. You experience a lifetime of incident in a week." AW in A Pennine Journey