A Pennine Journey
Total distance covered; 80 miles (130kms)
7 days walking, based in Hexham
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 publicaton 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 2018 we shall be continuing where we left off in 2017, with the stretch from High Force to Garrigill. Garrigill to Settle will follow in 2019. Even if you have no wish to complete the whole route any one of the three sections is a great walk in its own right.
For 2018 we are offering the 80 mile (130km) northern section from High Force in Teesdale to Garrigill in the valley of the River South Tyne, through the wonderful scenery of the Northumberland National Park, the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.
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Highlights of this second section of A Pennine Journey include the thundering waters of High Force waterfall; the idyllic village of Blanchland where the Lord Crewe Arms holds centre stage; Alston the highest market settlement in England with its steep cobbled streets and distinctive market cross; the rich haymeadows of Teesdale, the broad sweeps of Blanchland Moor; a splendid stretch of Hadrian’s Wall which follows the Whin Sill over a succession of craggy outcrops and undulating hills, each of which affords outstanding views across the surrounding countryside; and Hexham with its ancient abbey - our base for this holiday.
Day 1: High Force to Westgate 11 mls (18kms)
Day 2: Westgate to Blanchland 11 mls (18kms)
Day 3: Blanchland to Hexham 11 mls (18kms)
Day 4: Hexham to Housesteads 16 mls (26kms)
Day 5: Housesteads to Greenhead 10 mls (16kms)
Day 6: Greenhead to Slaggyford 11 mls (18kms)
Day 7: Slaggyford to Garrigill 10 mls (16kms)
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