When looking at what areas see the highest number of routes through, Edale came second only to the summit of Snowdon in Wales. If Edale is where many travellers start their journey, many are ending theirs in nearby Fairholmes. That likely because it offers up incredible views and amazing reservoirs, where travellers can walk and cycle without interference from traffic.
According to OS, the average length of a route created on the app was ten miles. One bucolic riverside tramp ended memorably with the two of us trapped at the end of a sewage pipe sticking out over bilgy water, arguing about my navigation skills. On other occasions we have had to tramp through back gardens, spiny forests of thorns and mud so thick it sucked the boots straight off our feet. But rarely have we ended up in a situation so downright knackering as day two of our adventure rambling the Pennine Way.
I say rambling, but actually it was more sprinting, across open moorland dotted with mineshafts, through hail so fierce that it lashed down at right angles.
End to End - An Adventure on the Pennine Way
As we charged towards a drystone wall to seek cover from the weather, fat stones of ice stung our exposed faces. Eventually, when we sank to the ground, wind howling through cracks in the wall behind us, we realised we were resting in a bed of fresh sheep poo. It says something about our predicament that neither of us cared a jot. It crosses old packhorse trails and Roman roads, runs over peat bogs, moors and mountaintops. In fact, the roots of our first national trail go back even further than that. The Pennine Way was first proposed by writer and rambler Tom Stephenson in , when he campaigned for a route similar to the Appalachian Trail in the United States.
‘Fantastic, Stunning, Endless Views’
In , ramblers had committed an act of mass trespass at Kinder Scout in the Peak District — now the first stretch of the Pennine Way — for the right to enjoy the open countryside. But it took a further three decades for the Pennine Way to become a reality. On April 24 , several thousand people, including Stephenson, gathered on Malham Moor in the Yorkshire Dales to celebrate the completion of the long-distance footpath.
Today there are 15 such national trails across Britain, but the Pennine Way remains the greatest of them all. We picked a mile stretch between Gargrave and Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales to walk in what we thought would be a leisurely three days. The beauty of walking in the Dales is the wonderful Settle-Carlisle railway line, which intersects the national park and provides plenty of options for start and finish points. We drove to Hawes, left our car, then took the Little White Bus, a relatively new and reliable community transport scheme that you can book at the town library, to Garsdale station.
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From here we caught a train back to our start point, our rucksacks laden with flapjacks and fat rascals from the Hawes bakery. It would be three long days before we returned. The sun was shining that first afternoon and the weather was warm and beautifully crisp.
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You need your own sleeping roll and cooking equipment to stay in these stone shelters. Gauber Bunk Barn offers very comfortable self catering accommodation with a pre-order grocery service, used by many Pennine Way walkers. You can see the Pennine Way sign showing the path along the side of the bunkhouse!
Hardraw Old School Bunkhouse welcomes individuals and groups of walkers. The most directly situated hostel on The Pennine Way in this area. The last section takes in the Kielder Forest, Redesdale and the uplands of the stunning and isolated Cheviot Hills. They have a dedicated mini bus that is able to pick up guests by arrangement near the halfway point and bring you back to Byrness for a second night. With a return the next morning to complete your walk.
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This article shows the location and details of the hostels and bunkhouses along the trail. Skip to content. Shrink Map. Hostels and bunkhouses provide friendly, flexible accommodation along the Pennine Way. Designed for walkers, they have drying rooms, cosy communal areas and self catering kitchens. Many have private rooms, some en suite. Many hostels can provide breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals on request.
Others are close to pubs. Check with each hostel before you book. The Pennine Way in the Peak District. The Pennine Way at Pen-y-ghent. Pre-booked breakfast and evening meals can be provided for larger groups.
The campsite has tiered pitches to enhance the views across the Nent valley. Electric hook-ups available in the car park. View hostel. Expect a warm welcome at Hebden Bridge Hostel. Comfy and welcoming, nestled into woodland, it is only a short walk from the town centre and less than m from the Hebden Bridge Loop on the Pennine Way.
Breakfasts, farmhouse suppers, ready meals and packed lunches available. Next to a small campsite alongside Crowden Clough in the Peak District. Hire the simple barn and additional pitches on the campsite. There is space for cooking BYO equipment and beds and tables for eating. On a working hill-farm, the Pennine Way passes through the farmyard and there is great mountain biking locally. This warm comfortable bunk barn sleeps up to 13 in three bunk rooms.