This first section of the Pennine Way starts in the Peak District taking you along some of its classical trails. Leaving the Peak District, you will move into Yorkshire crossing mostly moorland with small villages, green lush countryside, and reservoirs thrown into the mix. Towards the end of this section, you will enter the Yorkshire Dales, traversing the limestone landscape you will climb one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Pen-y-Ghent before ending this section in Horton-In-Ribblesdale.
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The Kinder Scout National Reserve:
The Kinder Scout walk is not only famous because of its stunning landscapes full of rocky pass and green hills. It’s famous because, on the 24th of April 1932, a mass trespass was planned on the Kinder Scout walk because walkers didn’t have the entire access to the site and sometimes when they asked for it they were refused. So on this day, 400 people walked across the walk to protest against the law.
A lovely typical village of the Derbyshire
Starting in Edale with this charming home made of stone and slate, you will make your way through the Yorkshire to Hebden Bridge. The town is laid between mountains and rivers. Then you will make your road to Malham, a town where houses are built to follow the shape of hilly roads and where nature and people seem to live for each other.
The Hot Dog was invented in the USA by Harry M Stevens who was born in Litchurch, Derby. So if you want to have a snack, go ahead! You’ve found the place! Plus you can also try the Buxton pudding. A layer of raspberry preserves and a sponge cake-style crumbly top on a sweet pastry base! Yummy!
Edale to Horton In Ribblesdale
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Arrival – Edale is a beautiful village in the Peak District in the valley between Kinder Scout, Lose Hill and Mam Tor with an impressive village church and two old pubs. The official starting point of the walk is at the Old Nag’s Head.
Day 2 24km
The first day of this section is the toughest as it is the longest day of the week. Just after Edale, you will find yourself walking through sheep pastures, before your first ascent of today Jacob’s ladder. Traversing then around Kinder Scout you will descend before your next major ascent of Bleaklow Head. Your final descent will welcome you with views of your stopover for the night Torside.
Day 3 19.5km
Today’s walk is a little easier than yesterday’s, but there still are plenty of hills that will reward you with sweeping views. Short climbs will welcome you to Black Hill, which contrary to its name is a green expanse thanks to replanting. Leaving the hills behind, you will continue to pass man-made reservoirs to reach Standedge. Here, four tunnels run underground, three for railway lines and one for a canal which is the longest and highest in the UK. Here at Standedge, it is possible to go on a boat trip into the tunnel.
Day 4 23.5km
Leaving the Peak District behind today will be a top of the Yorkshire moorlands for the start with some roads to cross before taking the purpose-built walkers bridge across the M62 which is regarded as one of the most impressive motorway footpath crossings in the country. Continuing on the slabs up to Blackheath you will then sweep down to tracks along reservoirs and more moorland before winding down into Calder Valley and reaching the lively town of Hebden Bridge. This picturesque town surprisingly is also the setting for the gritty cop drama Happy Valley.
Day 5 17km
Starting with a bang today, you will have a tough ascent up to Heptonstall Moor. Passing by more reservoirs, another climb takes you up onto the moorland again to an old farmhouse that many associates with the house in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, before gently ascending the moorlands to Ponden reservoir and your accommodation for the evening.
Day 6 17km
A pleasant start today takes you across heather-clad moorland, through some country villages and then to the highest point of today Pinhaw Beacon, where on a clear day you will be welcomed with panoramic views and can even see Pen-y-ghent, one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. Winding down through the countryside, you will come to Earby a small friendly town and your stopover for the night.
Day 7 20km
A sight to look out for today is the double bridge carrying the A59 over the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. After walking along the canal, hikers will come across wide green fields to Gargrave, a must-stop for refreshments before you enter the Dales. Continuing, you will climb gently through the countryside before crossing the River Aire which you will follow to Malham, a picturesque and popular town for tourists.
Day 8 23.5km
HORTON IN RIBBLESDALE
Shortly after leaving Malham you are rewarded for your climb with the spectacular views of Malham Cove, home to peregrine falcons. Walking through the limestone landscape, you come to the unusual sight of a lake, Malham Tarn, before reaching your first big climb of today Fountains Fell. At the top, you will see Pen-y-ghant, your next big climb. Climbing Pen-y-ghant is relatively easier than the descent on the other side so take your time as you descend to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This Yorkshire village is famous for being the starting point of the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
HORTON IN RIBBLESDALE
Today we bid you farewell and look forward to seeing you again for the next section.
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