The Pennine Way

Pennine Way route map

Created way back in 1965, the Pennine Way was the first National trail in the UK and is now one of the most spectacular and well-loved of all the trails. On 24th April 2015, The Pennine Way celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Old Nags Head, EdaleThe Pennine Way National Trail crosses some of the finest upland landscapes in England and Scotland. Starting at Edale in Derbyshire, the route takes you over a 268 mile (429 Km) journey to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. Along the way you pass through The Peak District, The Yorkshire Dales, across the North Pennines, over Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland and the Cheviot Hills.

Tom Stephenson, a journalist and rambler proposed the concept for this long distance path in an article for the Daily Herald in 1935 after being inspired by trails in the United States of America, particularly the Appalachian Trail. Later, as secretary for the Ramblers' Association he lobbied Parliament for the creation of an official trail. 30 years later, the final section of The Pennine Way opened on 24th April 1965.

If you're planning to walk a section of The Pennine Way as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, take our A-Z Adventure Atlases with you. The two books (North and South sections) feature OS 1:25,000 maps which cover the whole route in great detail and include an index.