About Us

The PENNINE WAY ASSOCIATION was a registered charity run entirely by volunteers. It was founded in 1971 as “a focus of public interest” in Britain’s first and finest long distance footpath.

In 2016 it was decided that the aims of the Pennine Way Association had been achieved and that it would no longer be at risk of closure or disrepair. The Pennine Way Association may now be closed, but the Pennine Way remains. I do hope that you will all continue your interest in it, that you will continue to enjoy it as much as you have done in the past and that you will encourage and help others to do so.

We constantly liased with environmental organisations such as Natural England and National Park Authorities to ensure the integrity of this remarkable National Trail.

The PENNINE WAY ASSOCIATION influenced decisions on controversial proposals, for example by giving evidence at public enquiries. We also campaigned for local refurbishment of signs, stiles and bridges.

Our member base ranged from:

  • Walkers
  • Accommodation providers along the route
  • County, borough and parish representatives

There were also members of the PENNINE WAY ASSOCIATION who represented our interests through associated organisations such as:

  • Ramblers Association
  • National Park and Countryside Ranger Service
  • Youth Hostels Association
  • Peak and Northern Footpaths Association