A Pennine Journey
Total distance covered; 93 miles (150kms)
7 days walking, based in Sedbergh
In 1938, with the shadow of war looming, Alfred Wainwright took some holiday and set off for a circular walk which would take him north from Settle, along the eastern flank of The Pennines, along one of the finest stretches of Hadrian’s Wall, and then back down the western flank of the Pennines to his original start point. The walk took him 11 days and covered 211 miles.
In the 1990’s keen long distance walkers Heather and David Pitt decided to devise their own route, broadly based on Wainwright’s 1938 adventure and his subsequent book (based on notes from the time, not published until 1986) ‘A Pennine Journey; the Story of a Long Walk in 1938’. A collaboration with the Wainwright Society saw their project finally come to fruition with the publication of a guidebook to 'A Pennine Journey' in 2010.
In 2017 we began the process of offering successive sections of the Pennine Journey, giving guests the opportunity to complete this challenging route in manageable stages over three weeks. In 2022 we shall be continuing where we left off in 2019 (the process having been interrupted by the pandemic), with the 93 mile (150km) western section from Garrigill in the valley of the River South Tyne to Settle at the foot of Ribblesdale, through the wonderful scenery of the North Pennines, Upper Eden Valley and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Even if you have not completed the first two sections of the route this third, and most westerly, section is a great walk in its own right.
Highlights of this western section of A Pennine Journey include the wild moorland scenery on Cross Fell; the ruins of Pendragon Castle in its secluded location below the Mallerstang Edge; scenery the views up onto wild Boar Fell and Great Shunner Fell from The Mallerstang valley; the tumbling waterfalls at Hell Gill and Beezley Falls; the views from the summits of Great Whernside and Ingleborough;the limestone pavements on Twistleton Scar and around the villages of Feizor and Austwick; the feeling of eerie seclusion in the dry limestone gorge of Trow Gill; Gaping Gill where Fell Back pours into the seemingly bottomless chasm below; the flower meadows of Ribblesdale; and the bustling market towns of Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Kirkby Stephen, Settle and Sedbergh, our base for this holiday.
Holiday Options 2022
Day 1: Garrigill to Milburn 12 miles (19kms)
Day 2: Milburn to Appleby 9 miles (15kms)
Day 3: Appleby to Kirkby Stephen 16 miles (26kms)
Day 4: Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale Head 12 miles (19kms)
Day 5: Garsdale Head to Sedbergh 13 miles (21kms)
Day 6: Sedbergh to Ingleton 17 miles (27kms)
Day 7: Ingleton to Settle 14 miles (23kms)
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