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Updated information for the 3rd edition
GPS waypoints uploaded 13 May 2011 - Bowes and Maize Beck alternative routes
Please note that new gps waypoints for this edition were uploaded on 13 May 2011. The only difference from the last set of gps waypoints is on the Bowes and the Maize Beck alternative routes which now correspond to the new waypoints in the 3rd edition of the book.
Thank you to readers who sent in updated information, including Mick Brewster, Jonathan Brown, Paul Higinbotham, Bill Gallon, Chairman of the Pennine Way Association, Chris Sainty, Dave Carroll, Simon and Sylvia
The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but will be for the next edition.
Map 17, page 98, the layby is currently clear of rubbish.
Map 25, page 111, the bench is no longer at the turn to Walshaw Dean Lower Reservoir.
Map 68, page 176, there is now a green building marked on the map where the Fold is indicated at Deepdale Beck and at the time of passing one door was open with a note stating Refuge Hut, or similar.
Map 77, page 188, the Public Phone indicated on the map is not there.
Map 78, page 190. Cauldron Snout . This is a steep climb.
Map 79. Page 191, the comment ‘tending to muddiness’ can also mean ‘boggy’.
Map 80, page 192, safety note on the stepping stones across stream, before the new bridge, very slippery.
Map 86, page 201, more slabs have been added to the path between the radar station and Little Dun Fell, however the ones at the end nearest to Little Dun Fell are very steep and slippery when wet. The electric fence has been removed as has the sign.
Map 89, page 203, there is an additional gate to go through after the old mine workings and after the short cut rejoins the track. Note on the gate states end of open access area.
Map 91, page 205, the George and Dragon in Garrigill is open again, serving food and drink but not doing B&B. They will do breakfast for campers if requested the night before.
Map 106, page 226, the slabs do not cover all of the marshy area and the path is wet in places until the forestry track on Map 107.
Map 108, page 228, the ‘nice springy path through the forest’ is wet and muddy.
Map 132, page 250, at the note ‘don't miss this style’ there is an indicator post where a path joins from the left (south to north) indicating that the PW goes straight on.
Map 102, page 218, Greendhead. To help route-finding between the A69 and Greenhead: the GPS waypoint 174 seems to be slightly in the wrong place, although that may be my GPS that is not accurate. Crossing the A69 and subsequent field, there's a stile in its north east corner (as on the map) but you then have to cross a ladder stile to its right very shortly after which isn't on the map, then follow the golf course wall. Once on the golf course, the way off it was not clear and not really waymarked.
page 256, Map 135. Kirk Yetholm, I stopped at The Farmhouse at Yetholm Mill, which was excellent. They picked me up at Cocklawfoot and took me back there the next day to break up the Cheviot Traverse. www.thefarmhouseatkirkyetholm.com
12 September 2011
MAP 9 - Crowden. The Youth Hostel has been rebuilt in a different location. However, access to it can be gained by continuing on the Pennine Way, until the sign which indicates Harry Phillips' memorial. The new Hostel is now below you and, by keeping to the wall, a stile at the bottom allows you on the grounds. If you are camping then you should continue into Crowden as usual.
MAP 15 - Standedge. The orientation of the wall and stile is not shown correctly as you leave the bridleway. Also, there is a wooden finger post type sign here.
MAP 67 - Wytham Moor. I believe the ruin is below the PW and not above. Shortly after leaving the bridge the track splits with one route going up and one route staying low. The low route takes you to the dead end, but is below the ruin as you indicate. By keeping high you avoid this.
MAP 93 - Path to Alston. After crossing the footbridge and entering the field it's best to keep close to wall on your left, that takes you to a stile in the corner, directly below the power cables. Climbing over this you immediately see another stile which you show as 'stile in corner hard to see'.
page 148, Map 50 Ling Gill Pack Horse Bridge. The inscription reads ANNO 1765 THIS BRIDGE WAS REPAIRED AT THE CHARGE OF THE WHOLE WEST RIDEING. The `N`s in ANNO are reversed and the date is difficult to decipher as mentioned in the book and could be 1768 Note the spelling of RIDEING
page 100, Map 19 Memorial Plaque to K C Bunch should read PWA magazine.
page 122 Mention could be made that Ickornshaw or more correctly Middleton hamlet at Ickornshaw has a small plaque on the first cottage on the left when leaving to Philip Snowden who became Chancellor to the Exchequer and was a famous parliamentary debater and that these two rows of cottages produced three Labour MP`s in the early days of the Labour Party.
page 202, Map 87 Cross Fell is the highest point in the Pennines as well as the PW.
page 208 The railway went from Alston to Haltwhistle and not Hexham which is on the Newcastle to Carlisle route
page 265 St Cuthbert's Way. The book gives the impression that the St Cuthbert's Way runs from Kirk Yetholm to Holy Island whereas it starts at Melrose and can be picked up at Kirk Yetholm. It is only 31 miles to Lindisfarne and this indeed could be a good extension with easy access to Berwick.
Map 18 – Redmires (Slab City) has had all its slabs removed.
Map 31 – At Ickornshaw we missed the white painted P W on the telegraph pole and walked past the “Tall converted mill” which, according to a stone tablet set in the wall of the building, is a converted Wesleyan Chapel (it does however look like an old mill!).
Map 35 – Where the P W leaves Cam Lane (after the house), the building opposive the house is a barn. This helps navigation as the turnoff may not be obvious.
Map 65 – The old railway sleeper bridge which crosses Frumming Beck on leaving Sleightholme Moor has been replaced by a new green painted metal bridge.
Map 79 – There is a P W signpost by the footbridge crossing Grain Beck. Just before you get to the two slab bridges, there is a marker post with a yellow dot on it. You need to veer left here to descend to the slab bridges, Incidentally, the second slab bridge has collapsed and while the slabs are still in situ, there is a replacement plank bridge here.
Map 83 – Leaving Dufton, at the fork (Coney Garth to the left, P W to the right) I couldn’t see a footpath sign, only a sign for Coatsyke Farm. There was no red tin box there when I was last there in 2009 and it was still missing in late August 2011.
Map 100 – At Greenriggs it is important to go into the yard. Do not go round to the left as there is then barbed wire between you and the P W stile. The section between the fence corner and the wall by Black Hill is very boggy.
Map 111 – At Houxty Burn you cannot go straight ahead after crossing the footbridge as there is a tree-lined fence here. Instead you have to cross the bridge, turn right along the burn to a second footbridge and go through a gate with an Acorn sign on it, to the farm track.
Map 112a – The site of the Co-op shown on the map is now the Rocky Road Café. The Co-op has moved onto the high street next to Bellingham Country Stores.
Map 114 – The two stream crossings shown without bridges now have good bridges across them.
Page 243 – Forest View provides a transport service for walkers picking them up / dropping them off at Trows.
25 November 2011
Update from author, Jim Manthorpe. Five youth hostels face closure. Five youth hostels across Scotland have been earmarked for closure. Kirk Yetholm youth hostel at the end of the Pennine Way is one facing closure and if it did close it would be a big loss for Pennine Way walkers who already have little choice of accommodation at the end of the walk. Story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-15857539
p 195, Map 82. The track by the barn goes to Keisley
p 196, Map 83. The “official” Way takes a track north east out of Dufton and when it forks, you go left on a reversed ‘S’ shaped path, over Eller Beck, to rejoin the narrow lane at the P W signpost.
p 207. Map 94 . The railway station in Alston is South Tynedale. Same in the text on page 208, where it should read South Tynedale Railway. They run trains to Kirkhaugh, which opened in 1996 and is 2¼ miles from Alston. They've extended the line and during the 2012 season, they run trains to Lintley, 3¼ miles from Alston. The next goal is to extend it into Slaggyford, a further 1¼ mile away.
9 July 2012
page 112: Ponden Mill 'retail experience' had closed down when I looked on 28th May 2012.
11 July 2012
p 257. Kirk Yethom. Kirk Yetholm Hostel has been saved. The intention is to aim for re-opening circa mid-August 2012. Official Open Day probably mid-September.
16 July 2012
p 126, Map 34. Earby. Grange Fell Guest House, Skipton Road, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB18 6JL Welcome walkers and cyclists and are quite happy to collect guests from Skipton Railway Station, as well as move baggage to the next destination. Tel: 01282 844991, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, www.grangefell.com
The tea/breakfast portable cafes pack up at 1ish as they are primarily for lorry drivers and open from 4.30am.