Further Reading

“Pennine Way – Trailblazer Guide Edition 3” by Chris Scott, Keith Carter, Jim Manthorpe & Edward de la Billière
272 pages
ISBN 978-1-905864-02-7
Published 2011
Priced at £11.99

There have been numerous guides to the Pennine Way and l still use, amongst others, one of the earlier Wainwrights as well as Chris Wright’s and the National Trail Guide. When l look at my collection of Pennine Way books including those in larger format it is easy to say that l do not require any more. I recently acquired the above book and l can now understand why so many walkers have been extolling its virtues. This book, which fits into your pocket, has the lot. It was originally written by Edward de la Billiere, Keith Carter and Chris Scott with the first edition arriving in 2004, the second in 2007 and this one earlier this year. There is so much information that it would be impossible to have it all exactly up to date particularly in the accommodation and food and drink sections but by having such a short interval between re-issues the job is virtually done. At the start of the book are the acknowledgements to those individuals who have helped with advice and recommendations from Jim Manthorpe who has researched and updated the new edition. It is indeed good to see two stalwart members of the Pennine Way Association, namely Chris Sainty and Peter Stott featured here!

In some ways having walked on most sections of the Pennine Way many times it would be interesting to have the views of a person walking the Pennine Way for the first time, as the maps (which are hand written on a scale of 1:20,000) are top class. They even state whether gates are metal or wood. Quite recently l decided to use the book on two sections and thought the maps were superior to my other books, apart from those of Wainwright which match up to them. Regrettably Wainwright’s are now nearly 50 years old and there have been changes both to the route and also to the environs.

It is interesting to note that the route guide starts at page 74 and the first half of the walk at Blackton Bridge is reached on page 177, a total of 103 pages whilst the second half finishes on page 257 which is 79 pages. This is due, of course, to the fact that the second half is in much less populated areas and as a consequence there is less to write about concerning accommodation, pubs etc. I note that the food in Alston does not receive praise and l can concur with that observation. This illustrates the detail in the book and also firmly shows that the book has been written by people walking the route and then being involved with all the other aspects that the book provides. There are sections, at the start, on Planning Your Walk, Budgeting, Outdoor Safety and a particularly good one on the environment of the Pennine Way and nature with good sections on flowers and birds. Birds are pointed out on some of the route maps where they are likely to be seen and being a birdwatcher l can verify their accuracy. Much of the earlier stuff is second nature to seasoned fell walkers but is useful to others and it must not be forgotten that there are people who start this walk and have limited knowledge as well as all those arriving from other countries. We regularly get requests from people to the Pennine Way Association for information which is contained here. The bus section again is a bonus especially to those doing shorter sections and needing a way back to the start of their walk. On my last three daily walks on the Pennine Way we have met foreigners doing the Pennine Way on every occasion!

In future editions, as a member of the Pennine Way Association it would be good to see the two plaques that have been placed on sections of the route by the PWA given a mention in the text on the maps. These are at Maize Beck bridge, dedicated to Ken Willson, our past President not only for his work on the PWA but who also served the Yorkshire Dales Society and the Friends of the Lake District with distinction. The second plaque is at the refuge on Lamb Hill in the Cheviots, to John Weatherall, who was also a Past President of the PWA and an active Ramblers Association member. In the early days of the Pennine Way John was the Footpath Officer for Northumberland County Council, a Mountain Rescue Team leader and was also instrumental in improving the conditions along the border fence.

As a pack horse bridge enthusiast there is some scope for further mention of these fine structures both in general and on the route itself where several are either on the route or very close to it and deserve a mention for their historical interest.

I forsee this book being a permanent fixture for the Pennine Way as long as there are walkers doing it. Trailblazer produce a wide number of walking books worldwide and l will certainly be referring to them on future outings!
(Reviewed by Bill Gallon, Chairman of the Pennine Way Association, October 2011)

“The Pennine Way: A Cicerone Guide” by Paddy Dillon
219 pages
ISBN 978-1-85284-575-9
Published 2010
Priced at £12.99

This is effectively the third edition of this Cicerone guide on the Pennine Way as the first two editions, written by Martin Collins were published in 1998 and 2003 respectively. The layout and style of this book are typical Cicerone with Ordnance Survey strip maps covering the whole route, surrounded by the author’s text. The rest is pure Paddy Dillon. Here is a true walker who enjoys what he does. His route descriptions are very clear and concise and he makes the footpath come alive in the text. He has walked the PW three times, most recently in June 2009 to research the book. I last walked the PW shortly after Paddy, and reading through his route description, I can visualise the footpath in front of me and re-walk it again in my mind. His style is very easy to read and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the path in clear to the reader. The book is longer than the last edition which contained 155 pages. It also covers the route in 20 stages, rather than the 16 stages in the second edition.

Like all Cicerone guides, the book has a plastic cover and the size is ideal for a walker’s pocket. If you are confident with your map reading ability over sometimes difficult terrain, this book is for you.

“Pennine Way – Trailblazer Guide Edition 2” by Edward de la Billiere, Keith Carter & Chris Scott
269 pages
ISBN 978-1-905864-02-7
Published 2008
Priced at £11.99

This was the book that I used when I walked the Pennine Way in 2009. I thought that the first edition was excellent but the second edition, updated by Chris Scott, is even better. Personally, this book is my kind of walking guide book as I grew up with Wainwright and this book describes the route using 137 walking maps at a scale of 1:20,000 (or just over three inches to the mile), it has 235 GPS waypoints for those walkers who don’t mind the extra weight of carrying a GPS, and has details of most of the overnight accommodation along the route, with prices, and maps of where they are located at each overnight stop. With so much information included in the guide, it will get out of date, but updates are available from the Trailblazer website. There is the added incentive that if you contact them with a significant number of revisions, they will send you another Trailblazer guide free!

The only disadvantage of the book for me was that there was quite a lot of unnecessary information at the front of the guide about flora and fauna etc. I solved this with a Stanley Knife! I also gave it a plastic cover to protect it against the elements. I took other maps with me as insurance, (you could carry the Footprint guides or the Harvey Maps) and I was glad that I did as the weather over the Cross Fell section was the worst I have ever seen. Apart from that day, the book got me from A to B without difficulty and it was a very enjoyable read too.

The Pennine Way Bibliography

A list of all books published on The Pennine Way is given below. Many of these books are now out of print but still turn up in second-hand bookshops etc. or may be found and purchased via online booksellers.

The official guides by Tony Hopkins splits The Pennine Way into two sections:
1. Edale to Bowes
2. Bowes to Kirk Yetholm

Both “The Pennine Way” by Martin Collins (Cicerone, ISBN 1852843861) and “The Pennine Way” by Terry Marsh (Dalesman, ISBN 1855681080) complete the route in one book but both require full OS Map coverage as well.


Alfred Wainwright (Revised by Chris Jesty) – ` Pennine Way’ (Second Edition) pub Frances Lincoln pp 176 [2012] ISBN 0 7181 2429 4


Simon Armitage – ‘Walking Home – Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way’ pub Faber and Faber pp 285 [2012] ISBN 978-0-7112-3368-3.


Damian Hall – ‘The Pennine Way’ (Pennine Way National Trail Guide in one single volume) pub Aurum Press Ltd pp 189 [2012] ISBN 978-1-84513-718-2


Roly Smith – ‘The Pennine Way’ pub Frances Lincoln Limited PP 112 [2011] ISBN 978-0-7112-3024-8


Paddy Dillon – ‘The Pennine Way’ pub Cicerone pp 219 [2010] ISBN 978 1 85284 575 9


Edward de la Billiere, Keith Carter & Chris Scott – ‘Pennine Way’ (3rd edition) pub Trailblazer Publications pp 269 [2011] ISBN 978-1-905864-34-8 (First published 2004 ISBN 1-873756-57-7.


Richard Pulk – ‘Rambles of a Pennine Way-ster’ pub Touchline ’99 pp 216 [2007] ISBN 978 0 9536646 2 7


Kevin Donkin – ‘Circular Walks along the Pennine Way’ pub Frances Lincoln Limited pp 367 [2006] ISBN 0-71102665-2


Tony Hopkins – ‘The Pennine Way’ pub Zymurgy Publishing pp160 [2005] ISBN 1-903506-13-1


Harvey Maps – ‘Pennine Way South – Edale to Horton in Ribblesdale’ pp 5 [2005] ISBN 185137431-0


Harvey Maps – ‘Pennine Way Central – Horton in Ribblesdale to Greenhead’ pp 6 [2005] ISBN 185137426-4


Harvey Maps –‘ Pennine Way North – Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm’ pp 5 [2005] ISBN 185137421-3


Ueli Hintermeister – ‘Outdoor Handbuch England: Pennine Way’ pub Conrad Stein pp 155 [1999] ISBN 3-89392-164-8


Martin Collins – `The Pennine Way’ pub Cicerone Press pp 136 [1998] ISBN 1 85284 262 8


Terry Marsh – ‘Pennine Way’ pub Dalesman Publishing Company pp190 [1997] ISBN 185568 108 0


Mark Wallington – ‘Pennine Walkies’ pub Hutchinson pp 229 [1996] ISBN 0 09 1792347


Peter Gorring and Dilys Cheetham – ‘Walk this way – The Pennine Way’ pub Gotham Press pp 53 [1995] ISBN 0 9526037 0 5


John Gillham – ‘Pennine Ways. Edale to Kirk Yetholm for the Independent Walker’ pub The Crowood Press Ltd pp 160 [1994] ISBN 1 85223 841 0


Harry Penrice – ‘Daily Outings on The Pennine Way, walks for young and old’ pub Thornhill Press pp 157 [1991] ISBN 0 946328 32 3


Frank Duerden – ‘Great Walks, the Pennine Way’ pub Ward Lock Ltd pp 176 [1990] ISBN 0 7063 6813 4


Tony Hopkins – Pennine Way South – Edale to Bowes’ pub Aurum Press Ltd pp 144 [1990] ISBN 1 85410 022 X


Tony Hopkins – ‘Pennine Way North – Bowes to Kirk Yetholm’ pub Aurum Press Ltd pp 168 [1989] ISBN 1 85410 18 1


Chris Harrison – ‘The Pennine Way Pub Guide’ pub Scarthin Books pp 109 [1988] ISBN 0 907758 23 1


Peter Sansom – On the Pennine Way – Poems from Standedge to Lunedale: 150 miles, or half the Pennine Way’ pub Littlewood Press pp 45 [1988] ISBN 0 946407 31 2


Footprint – ‘The Pennine Way – part two – Teesdale to Kirk Yetholm’ pp [1988] ISBN 1-871149-02-9


Footprint – ‘The Pennine Way – part one- Edale to Teesdale’ pp 8 [1988] ISBN 1-871149-01-0


Pete Bogg – ‘Laughs along the Pennine Way’ pub Cicerone Press pp 104 [1987] ISBN 0902 363 97 2


John J. Fleming – ‘Day by Day along the Pennine Way – a personal account’ pub privately pp 57 [1987]


Gerard C. De Waal – `Going Dutch – The Pennine Way’ pub GéDéWé pp 174 [1987] ISBN 90-800133-1-5 CIP


Barry Pilton – ‘One Man and his Bog’ pub Corgi Books pp 134 [1986] ISBN 0-552-12796-5


Alfred Wainwright – `Wainwright on the Pennine Way’ pub Michael Joseph pp 216 [1985] ISBN 0 7181 2429 4


Gerard C. De Waal – ‘An ode to the Pennine Way’ pub GéDéWé [1984]


Graeme Hardy – ‘North to South along the Pennine Way’ pub Frederick Warne Ltd pp 80 [1983] ISBN 0 7232 2813 2


Gerard C. de Waal – ‘The Pennine Way Ten Voeten Uit’ pub GéDéWé pp 206 [1982]


Laurie R. Boyle – ‘The Walk’ pub privately pp 45 [undated]


J Jowett, Rob Mellor & Paul Wilson – ‘The Pennine Way Pub Guide’ pub privately pp 63 [1980?]


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way’ pub Pendyke Publications [1977] Hardback ISBN 0 904318 10 9

The above hardback book was originally published in paperback in eight separate sections between 1974 and 1975 (see below):


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section One – Edale to Standedge’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 48 [March 1974] Paperback ISBN 0 904308 00 1


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section Two – Standedge to Ponden’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 48 [April 1974] Paperback ISBN 0 904318 01 X


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section Three – Ponden to Malham’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 44 [Sept 1974] Paperback ISBN 0 904318 02 8


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section Four – Malham to Hawes’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 44 [October 1974] Paperback ISBN 0 904318 03 6


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section Five – Hawes to Middleton’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 48 [January 1975] Paperback ISBN 0 904318 04 4


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section Six – Middleton to Alston’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 48 [March 1975] Paperback ISBN 0 904318 05 2


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section Seven – Alston to Bellingham’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 48 [April 1975] Paperback ISBN 0 904318 06 0


Colin Walker – ‘A Walker on the Pennine Way – Section Eight – Bellingham to Kirk Yetholm’ pub Pendyke Publications pp 48 [May 1975] Paperback ISBN 0 904318 07 9


‘Read about Walks on the Pennine Way’ pub Colourmaster pp33 [1973] ISBN 0 85933 104 0


John Needham – ‘The Pennine Way Accommodation and Camping Guide’ pub Pennine Way Council [1971]


Tom Stephenson – ‘The Pennine Way’ pub HMSO pp 112 [1969] SBN 11 7004804


J. H. B. Peel – ‘Along the Pennine Way’ pub Cassell & Company Ltd pp 204 [1969] (ISBN 304 93331 7)


Michael Marriott – ‘The Shell Book of the Pennine Way’ pub The Queen Anne Press Ltd 80 pp [1968]


Alfred Wainwright – ‘Pennine Way Companion’ pub Westmorland Gazette pp 224 [1968] (ISBN 0718140710 Michael Joseph edition 1992)


James Haworth [ed.] – ‘The Pennine Way and Walks in Derbyshire’ pub Derbyshire Countryside Ltd pp 64 [1967]


Christopher J. Wright – ‘A guide to the Pennine Way’ pub Constable & Co Ltd pp 252 [1967] (ISBN 0 09 462760 6 1981 edition)


H. O. Wade – ‘The Pennine Way in Twenty Days’ pub Harold Hill pp 72 [1966]


Alan P. Binns – ‘Walking the Pennine Way’ pub H. Gerrard Ltd pp 87 [1966] (ISBN 7232 2803 5 Frederick Warne edition)


Kenneth Oldham – ‘The Pennine Way’ pub The Dalesman Publishing Company pp 70 [1960] (ISBN 0 85206 691 0 1982 edition)


John D. Wood – ‘Mountain Trail – The Pennine Way from the Peak to the Cheviot’ pub George Allen & Unwin 240 pp [1947

Note: The publication date in square brackets is the date of the book’s first edition (except for book #3). The Standard Book Numbering (SBN) system was implemented in 1967, and the 10-digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN) was approved as an ISO standard in 1970, however, the 9-digit SBN code was used in the United Kingdom until 1974. Since 1st January 2007, ISBNs have 13 digits. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author did not follow usual ISBN procedures.

The above list is © Chris Sainty and was last updated October 2nd, 2012.