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All walkers are individuals. Some like to cover large distances as quickly as possible, others like to stroll along and stop frequently – indeed this natural variation in pace is what causes most friction in groups. You may want to walk the Pennine Way all in one go, tackle it over a series of weekends, or use the trail for linear day walks; the choice is yours. To accommodate these differences this book has not been divided up into rigid daily stages, though many will use it that way. Instead, it’s been designed to make it easy for you to plan your own optimal itinerary.
The planning map (see inside back cover) and table of village/town facilities (see pp32-5) summarise the essential information. Alternatively, have a look at the suggested itineraries (pp38, p39 & p40) and choose your preferred type of accommodation and pace. There are also suggestions (see pp41-3) for those who want to experience the best of the trail over a day or a weekend. The public transport maps and service table (pp54-60) will also be useful.
Having made a rough plan, turn to Part 4, where you will find summaries of the route, full descriptions of the accommodation options, suggestions for where to eat and information about other services in each village and town; as well as the detailed trail maps.
Most people walk the Pennine Way south to north. There are practical reasons for this; the prevailing south-westerly wind and rain are behind you, as is the sun. Head north–south if you want a better face tan! The maps in Part 4 give timings for both directions and, as route-finding instructions are on the maps rather than in blocks of text, it ought to be straightforward using this guide back to front.
- Contents list
- About the Pennine Way
- Practical information for the walker
- Using this guide
- Sample route guide: Calder Valley to Ickornshaw
- GPS waypoints
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