High Cup Nick on the Pennine Way
Trail Name: The Pennine Way
Location: North England
Distance: 429 km | 268 miles
Duration: 2-3 Weeks
Start/Finish: Edale to Yetholm
Pennine Way Overview
The Pennine Way is located in the North of England. It traverses the length of the Pennine Hills, which are often referred to as the 'Backbone of England'. Walkers can enjoy three of England’s National Parks, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a National Nature Reserve. Starting out from the north of the Peak District, the Pennine Way proceeds through the South and North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, the Northumberland National Park, crossing Hadrian’s Wall on then on over the Cheviot Hills and across the border to Scotland.
In April 1965, the Pennine Way was officially open and was Britain’s first National Trail. Starting in Edale and finishing inside the Scottish border at Kirk Yetholm, the trail is 427km (265 miles) in length. It is a challenging walk that takes around 2-3 weeks to complete with the recommended time of the year being Spring to Autumn.
The nearest international airports to the Pennine Way are Manchester Airport (for Edale) and Edinburgh (for Kirk Yetholm). The towns and villages along the trail are well serviced by public transport, although these become more sparse during Winter months. There is also a good choice in accommodation adjacent to the trail.