Pennine Way


  1. Length of trail 412 km, 256 miles
  2. Length in days 21 days
  3. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  4. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

Pennine Way

256 miles, 412 km, 21 days

National Trail

"A long green trail from the Peak to the Cheviots.", Tom Stephenson envisioned in 1935. The Pennine Way became the first National Trail to be opened, and it's still a major landmark on Britain's hiking map. Many people have enjoyed the hike, and the many reports on the web do bear witness of the beauty of the trail.

After the South West Coast Path, the Pennine Way is the longest path in the UK. It is part of the European E2. This is not an easy walk. The route runs through the highest and most desolate parts of the Pennines. In order to walk this trail, you must have a good physical condition, a healthy amount of perseverance, good rain gear and waterproof shoes.

The path picks the wildest and most beautiful parts of northern England, to the border with Scotland: not only the Pennines, but also the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. Despite its popularity, hikers marvel the solitude encountered in this upland part of northern England.


Rate 8.5 | 2 votes | No 5. in United Kingdom
  • pc22 April 2008
  • Rate 9
  • Positive a very tough walk.....few sign posts..... and often boggy and muddy in bad weather....but its meant t be this way. The elder statesmen of the British long trails. This walk is meant to test you. And its reward is some beautiful scenery across the North of England, some very remote places indeed and a real sense of achievement on arriving at the end. A highlight for me is the tees river.
  • Negative I didn't dislike these things but one should be aware that sign posting is very limited and on some of the remote areas not only is the no signage but in some cases no path to follow either. The weather can often be very poor and visibility low. On Cross fell the winds can be treacherous as a particular wind phenomena called the helm wind exists that can pick up a dog and dump it 100mtrs away.
  • Oranginas, hiking trails Europe May 2007
  • Rate 8
  • Positive a great variety in moods of the landscape: wild, spacious, rough, green farmer land, the stone walls, the meadows, endless moors, a lot of water, the creeks, centuries of history, the wildlife and the cultural heritage….
  • Negative The (chance of) rain
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