Cross Farm Camping

Please note that Cross Farm at Mankinholes no longer offers camping facilities.

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The Ancient Unicorn in Bowes to Re-open

Good News! The Ancient Unicorn at Bowes has been bought and work has started on its refurbishment with, I believe, plans for ten bedrooms and a coffee bar. I have no details on the work programme  but hopefully the  work will be completed for later in the summer.

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Pennine Way Customised Mug Offer

As part of the Pennine Way’s Golden Jubilee we are offering customised mugs that allow you to choose an image of either Pen-Y-Ghent, High Cup, Kinder Downfall or you can upload your own image. You can also enter your name and a date onto the mug to personalise it.

Please see the image below for full details, or visit to order now!

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Pennine Way 50th Anniversary

Natural England (NE) are now advertising on their website that “Walk the Way in a Day/Weekend” is to be run by NE in a similar manner to that which was done for the 40th Anniversary. Following the 40th Anniversary in 2005 Kevin Donkin wrote a book called “Circular Walks Along the Pennine Way” which was published by Francis Lincoln Ltd in 2006. This is a top class book which covers the whole of the Pennine Way in 50 walks and this is the only book which caters for day walkers. This is particularly important for many walkers who are not able to take up to three weeks holiday on a single project. The walks in this book are the basis of the ‘Walk the Way in a Day’ concept and the sections are now all available to view on their website.

The PWA had already been working on this project (albeit with limited resources) and through various groups such as the Ramblers Association, North Pennines AONB, Haltwhistle Walking Festival, Pennine Journey and Durham County Council Guided walks as well as many individuals had a promise for much to be covered as we had been informed that NE had no funds available. Happily that situation has altered as Ann Clark of Walk Unlimited informed us that NE had come up with some funds, hence the change. This is indeed good news!

On the same website under Happy Birthday Pennine Way is a great deal of information of other aspects of the celebrations some of which are given below:

TV and Radio
a) BBC are to show four 30 minute programmes about the Trail.
b) BBC Countryfile are to feature the Anniversary.
c) Radio 4 are to have a three part series on 7th, 14th and 21st May from musicians, poets and story tellers associated with the Pennine Way.
d) ITV Yorkshire are to feature an article entitled “A Breath of Fresh Air” by weatherman John Mitchell.

There are to be several activities here over the weekend 24th to 26th April organised by the Peak District National Park which will appear on the Peak District National Park Website.

There is currently an exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum featuring many paintings, sculptures and photographs brought together by Brian Alderman which will end towards the end of April. Many artists are featured. The exhibition has had favourable reviews from the Dalesman magazine as well as from PWA member Peter Stott. Full details on their their website.

Hebden Bridge
April 24th also sees the official creation of the Hebden Bridge Loop which takes an alternative short section of the Pennine Way through Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall. This has been a regular diversion for Pennine Way walkers especially when accommodation has been difficult but now the route is to be highlighted. Full details of the loop can be found on the Hebden Bridge Walkers Action Website

Thornton near Bradford
Highline Art Exhibition running from 4th April to 24th May featuring nine artists at the South Square Gallery who provide their own perspectives of memorable experiences on the Pennine Way. Further details from or tel 01274 834747

Any additional information that we have will be available as soon as we know on our website.

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“The Pennine Way – A Walker’s Guide” Book Review

The following review of Chris Sainty’s book was written by Dave Kearns for the Long Distance Walker’s Association magazine – thanks to the LDWA for allowing us to publish it.

Alfred Wainwright didn’t enjoy his traverse of the Pennine Way, which he completed in random stages through 1966 and 1967. “You won’t come across me anywhere along the P.W.” he wrote, “I’ve had enough of it.” Wainwright’s excursions were done in a near perpetual downpour and rotten weather tends to take the gloss off even the most attractive route, let alone an indifferent one (as participants in the Valleys 100 might well testify).

Chris Sainty takes an altogether more optimistic view. He was planning his 12th completion this summer, having already gathered enough notes and photographs to produce what really is a most excellent guide book. Starting with a History of the PW – it all began with Tom Stephenson’s article, ‘Wanted – A Long Green Trail’ in The Daily Herald in 1935 – and including a fascinating report of the committee meetings that brought the notion to reality, the book continues with a full route description, interspersed with gobbets of information and personal conversations.

The latter are thoughtfully separated into indented grey panels. There are commentaries on mobile phone signals (or the lack thereof), pubs, cafes, toilets; notes on villages passed through along the way, miniature histories, reference to nearby landmarks – never obtrusive or lecturing but always full of interest.

Most of the volume, 198pp, comprises a route description and is so comprehensive that one wonders how it could be possible to get lost. It seems a shame that this careful accuracy will deteriorate with age and wear: a grey barn disobligingly repainted green; a Youth Hostel turned into a Wetherspoons… but no doubt Chris will continue his regular pilgrimages from the south of England, to report on all the changes.

This is a book to be read and enjoyed by the Pennine Wayfarer safely back home, warm and dry, with an inexhaustible supply of coffee, to relive their epic journey step-by-step – hopefully walked in more pleasant conditions than those Mr Wainwright suffered.

Author: Chris Sainty
Publisher: JMD Media / DB Publishing
Paperback price £12.99 (post free UK only)
New release: April 2014
To purchase a copy email:
Or send a cheque (payable to ‘Mr C D J Sainty’) with your address to:
Chris Sainty, 29 Springfield Park Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6EL

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Accommodation changes

The Association is sorry to announce that Clove Lodge in Baldersdale is no longer offering accommodation. At the same time we welcome new providers, the Brierleys at Horton Villa B+B, Horton in Ribblesdale.

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