I have recently got back from a holiday in Scotland. On the way, we stayed in the Peak District National Park as it’s too far to go to Scotland in one go.
We decided we’d walk some of the Pennine Way while we were there, This is Britain’s oldest long-distance trail, being 268 miles across some of England’s best scenery.
In 1932, ramblers did a mass trespass on Kinder Scout, one of the peaks in the Peak District. It was done to bring to notice the fact that walkers in England and Wales were denied access to many areas of open countryside. This led to the ultimate opening of large areas and the idea of the Pennine Way was born.
If you look online, it will tell you that the Pennine Way was opened in 1965. This is not true. Only the final stage to Kirk Yeltholm was opened then. The trail known as The Pennine Way was in existence long before that. The idea was proposed in 1935 by a man called Stephenson who had been inspired by long-distance trails in the US–especially the Appalachian Trail. I cannot find when the first part was begun, though, but I do know it was before 1965 because I have walked on it before that date! And it wasn’t considered new then.
It begins in the village of Edale, in Derbyshire and culminates 268 miles later in Kirk Yeltholm, just inside the Scottish border. It passes through some of England’s most beautiful scenery including, as well as the Peak District, The Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park.
The route follows the Pennines, known as the Backbone of England. This is a range of mountains and hills that runs down the centre of Northern England.
The popularity of the trail has been a problem. Even in the 1960s the path was becoming worn away, and so some parts are now paved.
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