Top Ten Highlights of the Pennine Way
Working it's way from the majestic Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and then onto the rolling hills of the Cheviot Hills at the borders, The Pennine Way is a route filled with highlights! However, here we have chose our top 10 to give you an idea of what to expect!
Views from Kinder Downfall - Photographer David Arthur Stott
Kinder Downfall: The first day of the Pennine Way doesn't ease you in gently, having the second highest ascent of the route. However, the strenuous climb up to Kinder Low, followed by the traverse of Kinder Scout is rewarded by the magnificent views from Kinder Downfall! Though little more than a trickle in the summer months, this is the tallest waterfall in the Peak district - and you've just walked right across the top off it! In the right wind conditions the cloud of spray produced can be seen for miles around.
The town of Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge: Just a short half hour walk off the Pennine Way, the pretty market town of Hebden Bridge is well worth the de-tour! As well as being incredibly picturesque with the Rochdale Canal running through it, it is also a very quirky little town home to lots of independent boutiques, lively pubs and art galleries.
Top Withins Farmhouse - inspiration for Wuthering Heights
Top Withins Farmhouse and Brontë Country : Heading out of Hebden Bridge and Calder Valley, you cross into Brontë Country, where the famous novelist sisters lived and the wild moorland landscapes are said to be inspiration for their writing. Top Withens farmhouse is thought to be the inspiration for the location of Wuthering Heights - the Earnshaw family home in Emily Brontë's 1847 novel of the same name.
Malham Cove: You will pass this dramatic natural amphitheatre-shaped cliff formation just after leaving Malham and it's sure to be one of the highlights of your walk! This 70 metre high natural phenomenon was formed by glacial meltwater over 12,000 years ago and would have once been the site of a huge waterfall.
Pen-y-Ghent: Pen-y-ghent is the smallest of the Yorkshire 3 peaks at 694m. However, it is still a fair challenge at the end of a long, tiring day walking into Horton-in-Ribblesdale!
The Tan Hill Inn
Tan Hill Inn: The famous Tan Hill Inn is an atmospheric old 17th century coaching inn, with the grand accolade of being the highest pub in Britain. You will pass it on your walk from Keld to Baldersdale and is a great place to stop for a pub lunch if you can time it right!
The powerful High Force Waterfall
High Force Waterfall: The Pennine Way is home to many a lovely waterfall, but High Force is definitely one of the most impressive and is England's largest waterfall. It drops 70ft into a plunge below and is certainly an awe-inspiring sight on the Pennine Way!
High Cup Nick - an impressive u-shaped valley
High Cup Nick: Probably one of the most iconic images on the Pennine Way, High Cup Nick is the most dramatic glaciated valley in Northern England. The views are simply breath-taking and well worth a good stopover to take lots of photos!
Iconic Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall: The Pennine Way crosses over with Hadrian's Wall Path, leading you alongside this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will pass some of the best preserved sections of the wall at Walltown Crags and one of the most photographed trees in England at Sycamore Gap, on your walk from Greenhead to Bellingham.
Our customer David finishing his walk at the Border Hotel! - Photo by David Arthur Stott
The End!: After walking over 250 miles the end is most certainly a highlight of this walk! The Border Hotel stands at the finishing line and a more welcome and well-deserved pint in their bar cannot be imagined! Walkers arriving there are offered a free half pint and congratulatory certificate.