Wild Walking UK

Pennine Way north to south with children

The Pennine Way is 268 miles from Edale, in Derbyshire, going north through the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland National Park, with a few miles along Hadrians Wall and crosses the Cheviot Hills to end at Kirk Yetholm, just over the Scottish border.

I walked it with 2 of my children aged 9 and 12 in 2012. We walked from Kirk Yetholm to Edale in 18 days, using a mixture of wild camping, campsites, bunkhouses, a B and B and youth hostel. I didn’t keep a diary of the walk, so this is just a series of pictures of our trip and a few short notes.

1st camp on White Law in the Cheviot hills
The Cheviot Hills
The Cheviot Hills
Mountain Refuge Hut in the distance on the Cheviot Hills
The boarder fence between Scotland and England on the Cheviot Hills
2nd camp on the Cheviot Hills near the Roman Camp
View back into Scotland
View ahead into England
Long walk through Kielder Forest
Campsite in Bellingham
Hadrian’s Wall
Camped on the way up Cross Fell
Cross Fell
Cross country from Knock Fell to High Cup Nick

We decided not to descend to Dufton and climb back out again. We had enough food, so we stayed high and made our own path from Knock Fell to High Cup Nick.

High Cup Nick
Camping next to Maize Beck
Birkdale
Cauldron Snout
Climb down beside Cauldron Snout
River Tees
High Force waterfall
Tan Hill Pub
Flag stones across the bogs
Children playing in the river
Bunk House
Pen-y-ghent
Malham Cove
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Gargrave
Stoodley Pike Monument
Black Hill
Crowden Youth Hostel
Torside Reservoir
Kinder Scout
Kinder Downfall
Kinder Downfall
Kinder Scout
Kinder Scout
Descent into Edale
Vale of Edale

The Pennine Way is not the boggy mess it used to be, much of the path is now flagstones. It is also well supported with accommodation and shops. But there are some sections where carrying a few days food and wild camping does save leaving the main route.

The route is often remote and exposed, so a map, compass and good quality boots and wet weather gear are essential.

We all enjoyed the walk and found it varied and interesting. I am even planning on walking it again in 2020 or 2021. I had walked it before, it in the 1990s. Next time I will keep a full diary to post.

My 11 Wild Camping Rules

Gear List

The National Trails Pennine Way