Pennine Way National Trail
The Pennine Way was the first National Trail and remains the most challenging, following the backbone of England along some of the highest and remotest areas of the country. This is not a route for the feint hearted; you must be fit and well equipped and should not attempt the route in the winter months unless exceptionally experienced. The OS Explorer maps listed above, together with a compass, are essential for safety. Plan thoroughly and book accommodation in advance. The last section of 40km from Byrness [NT766030] to Kirk Yetholm must be completed in one day.
The route is dramatic with magnificent views in good weather. You pass through Bronte country including the atmospheric supposed ruin of Wuthering Heights. There are spectacular waterfalls and the Roman history of Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads. You should approach this trail as you would an expedition. It is a challenge, but once completed will live in your memory forever.
Of course, you do not have to walk the entire route in one expedition. There are many opportunities to enjoy day or weekend walks along parts of the route, perhaps completing the whole Trail over many trips. The Trail guides listed have information to allow you to plan day trips and circular walks as well as hiking the entire journey.
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