Regular readers of this blog will know that I love hill walking. There’s nothing better than getting away from it all up in the hills. Unfortunately South Wiltshire isn’t blessed with mountains and rugged scenery, I like the rolling chalk downlands but it’s not really a challenge.
A friend and I vowed to complete the Pennine Way, Britain’s number 1 National Trail, 270 miles long stretching from Edale, in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park, to Kirk Yetholm just over the Scottish border.
Over on my Pennine Way page is the story so far. Time being precious, and the birth of my two children, means this mission has been stretched over quite a few years now. We slowly creep ever further North, one long weekend at a time.
I’ve loved the walk so far and here’s my top 3 sections that you can do as day walks:
Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale – limestone country, Malham Cove, and the views from the top of Pen-Y-Ghent are superb.
Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton – classic waterfalls of High Force and Cauldron Snout plus the sublime beauty of High Cup Nick.
Dufton to Garrigill or Alston – the peaks of Knock Fell, Great Dun Fell and Cross Fell are a challenge in this high-level Pennine Way stretch.
I hope to finish it in the next couple of years. Still to come is Hadrian’s Wall and the Cheviot Hills, can’t wait to get back out there!