The Pennine Journey is a challenging circular walk of 247 miles, passing through the wonderful variety of terrain and scenery the north of England offers whilst touching on all the major rivers in the region.
Starting in the market town of Settle in North Yorkshire the route heads up the eastern side of the Pennines through the delightful Yorkshire Dales. It takes in stretches of County Durham before arriving at Hadrian’s Wall. The Wall is followed for 21 miles before heading down the western side of the Pennines. Travelling down the Eden Valley and then skirting the Howgill Fells it arrives back in Settle.
Perhaps not surprisingly over half the Pennine Journey is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This was established in 1988 and it is the second largest of 40 AONBs within England and Wales.
The varied geology of the area, much in evidence on the walk, has been recognised by it becoming Britain's first European Geopark and it was a founding member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
The book divides the walk into 18 daily stages of varying length and offers a choice of possibilities. It can be undertaken as one continuous walk, split at Housesteads on Hadrian’s Wall (Alfred Wainwright’s primary objective) into two stages of roughly 120 miles or divided into three stages - eastern, northern and western - of around 80 miles.