Pennine Way

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by pippic, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    Hi, I've re-surfaced... so we did The Beacons Way last summer... now we're planning on doing the Pennine Way this year in sections.
    First will be Edale to Gargrave. hoping to squeeze it into four days... we'll be camping, carrying our kit.
    Any advice, thoughts... must do's.. wild camping spots, good restocking places...
    Looking at spring/summer to do this.
    (just to warn you, you'll be seeing a lot more of me in kit sections too now :bag: )
    thanks in advance!!
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  2. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    I have walked from Edale to Dufton sofar, camped all the way. My blog might be useful to you. Happy to help with camping spots as well.

    Restocking/food can be an issue, shop and pub opening times change per season so might be useful to do a quick google before you set off (and make a list to take with, not forget like I did). I carried a supply of dehydrated food and a stove. My trick was to eat a warm meal (lunch) in a pub/cafe on route (if possible), then in the evening you can focus on pitching somewhere out of the way and just cooking a simple meal.

    The first few days can be quite tough, don't underestimate them unless you're pretty hill fit.
    Also, there is no rain like Pennine rain...ecxept in Scotland ;)
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  3. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    I did Hawes to Malham over a couple of days and nights this October. Very nice.

    No write up - yet.

    But there were plenty of pitching spots (and water) along the way.

    I've done other sections over the years too.
    Struggling to recall names and places tho...

    I think @Clare put up a short film of her PW walk on here a little while back.

    Not sure which thread that was.
  4. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Watching as I plan on doing a 10 day section of it early September
  5. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    Thank you!!! So much research to do, all really helpful xx
  6. pippic

    pippic Trekker

    Taz that's a great read!! Thank you so much for sharing. Its so inspiring! I love reading about women's solo hikes. This will be an all women group - from Adventure Queens on FB. I learned so much from reading your blog! Also really like the look of your Hex Peak. Would you recommend it?? xx
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  7. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Here is my very short film of the pennine way. There is no information in it though. It’s all about the wonderful Steve reich music. And the changing landscape. And bumping into the British womens’ fly fishing champions on the river tee.

    Edit: This walk was very significant for me. I walked in June. The previous November I had had a motorcycle accident and was in hospital for three weeks with a knee injury. There were times in hospital when I thought i would never walk in the hills again. By the time I got out of hospital a couple of weeks before Christmas my right knee had no range of motion of at all and I was strapped up in a full length splint. By Christmas I could walk a mile with a walking stick. I worked hard on regaining muscle strength and flexibility, aiming to be able to trust my knee enough to do a solo walk of the Pennine Way in June. And then I did. A huge joy!
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  8. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    An interesting read, thanks Taz.

    Did you have likely camping spots you were aiming for or was it just a case of looking for somewhere to pitch that looked reasonable and was hidden enough to not get disturbed?
  9. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

  10. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    A schoolmate and I did the Pennine way in 1977 when we were 13. No camera unfortunately.
    We camped high mostly, as we had no money for official sites. Heather beds are comfy enough with a foam pad on top, but watch out for punctures with inflatables, and take a tough groundsheet. I used an ex army woven/coated sheet weighing about a pound that was designed for making a nuclear fallout shelter with (I kid you not).
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  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I, also, did the Pennine Way in 1978 (July, I think) and I seem to remember that EdH did it at around the same time.
    Looking at Taz38's blog, it's certainly changed a lot. Kinderscout, Bleaklow and Black Hill are a lot greener now; as I recall, we had to wade through a mass of peat bog to reach the trig point on Black Hill.
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  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I did.
  13. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Great TR Taz. Brings back memories it does.
    Not sure I'll do the Pennine Way again, but I can feel a big walk coming on, maybe this summer.
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  14. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    I’m thinking of doing it again but section hiking it in three one week blocks. From recent accounts it has changed a fair bit In the Peak District. It seems to be less popular too. We camped most of the time plus some youth hostels and huts.
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  16. PhilHo

    PhilHo Section Hiker

    I've been planning to do it since 1974, I have a book on the subject here that I bought new that year. Having had a distinguished career rising to the level of Professor of Procrastination its about time I got of my arse and did the thing. I went to school in Hope in the next valley to Edale. In 1974 I was 16! This should be a warning to you youngsters - get on with it before its too late!
  17. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    @pippic Thank you for your positive comments :):thumbsup:

    The hexpeak is a great tent, it stood up to the weather very well and has lots of space. The outer goes up in minutes, the inner however can be a bit of a faff to put up. The silnylon also sags a fair bit so you need to adjust the tension a few times. The Mini Peak is also worth looking at, easier to pitch I think.
    I sold it with some reluctance, but I wanted something that's a little easier to pitch, so bought a Trekkertent stealth which is also a little fussy to put up, but is a little lighter and hardly sags (and more expensive).

    Yes the PW is less boggy and greener then years ago. I found Kinderscout and Black Hill really beautiful, especially with the heather in bloom. And a few sections have slabbed to preserve the bog and keep feet dry(-ish).

    I'm looking forward to the next stretch, maybe in April, which might be tough if winter still lingers up north :confused:

    @PhilHo Yes do it!

    The Montane Spine race starts this weekend :)

    Think I'll have a look at all your blogs/trip reports this evening :)
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  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    NEVER again :D
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  19. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    i did a lovely round from Hope (what a fabulously named place to hop off a train with a walk in mind) round to the top of Alport Castle, over to Howden Res. then following various edges Howden, Derwent and Stanage back into Hathersage, over a couple of days and nights a couple of years back .

    I'm tempted to do some speed-trip reports - just for kicks - this weekend.

    "Two weeks in two hours" that kinda thing - elsewise it'll never all get done - but hand-cranked country broadband doesn't help much with uploading pics :oops:

    but i guess at least i do do the walking - just procrastinate over the write ups ... :angelic:

    in 1974 i was six !!!! How very cute is that ???? :dummy1:
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  20. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    @PhilHo Re camping spots, a look on the map at home for areas that could be suitable, then hope for the best on the trail. I also try to have a plan B, the safe option (campsite) in case the weather turns really nasty. Sofar, a little planning and luck provided pretty good pitches.

    I more or less slept through a storm nr High Cup as I'd pitched high up but in a stream valley so a little sheltered, that was lucky as I'd stupidly kept on walking after Cauldron Snout, higher and higher up the fell, not realising bad weather was due that night (my legs wouldn't have made it to Dufton neither).

    All in one plenty of decent spots along the way for one or two peeps, not sure how gamekeeper would feel about a group, you'd need to be quite stealthy about it. I had no hassle but I pitched just before dark most nights.

    @Fair Weather Camper ...I was 5...
    @Clare Amazing!
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  21. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

  22. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    Never say never ...:angelic:
  23. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

  24. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    It was the Pennine Way that decided me to do my long walks in France, when possible, for now at least. No more bog!
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  25. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    This is where walking wellies can come into their own..

    Although I did this Octobers section in trail shoes, and stayed perfectly dry.

    I guess months of sumer drought might have played a part in that.
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