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.
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.
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.
The National Trails Pennine Way