“The Pennine Way: A Walker’s Guide” by Chris Sainty

Chris Sainty of the PWA has just finished his book and it’s due out any day now. It goes without saying that we all highly recommend it!

The Pennine Way: A Walker’s Guide is an amazingly detailed route description of the Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, which with spectacular photographs, provides an ideal companion to Ordnance Survey maps of the trail.

The route description is divided into 19 daily sections, each with a photograph capturing an essence of that day’s walk. Highlighted in the text are points of interest plus snippets of both current and historical information.

The book contains a unique insight into the trail’s history. It includes minutes of the 1938 Conference which took Tom Stephenson’s inspiration forward, and led to the creation of National Parks and Long Distance Footpaths.

This book will whet the taste buds of individuals or groups intending to walk the trail; those wanting to muse over a past Pennine Way journey; or readers who may never walk it but have a genuine interest in the footpath.

The diverse landscapes encountered along this backbone of England, the seasonal variations, plus the physical and mental challenge make the Pennine Way, in the author’s opinion, Britain’s finest National Trail.

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: chrisdjsainty@hotmail.com
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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AGM Agenda and Executive AGM

Below you will find links to the Agendas for our AGM and Executive Committee Meetings which will both be held on Saturday 22nd March 2014 and The Friends Meeting House, 118 Woodhouse Lane in Leeds. The AGM will begin at 1:30pm and the Executive Committee Meeting will follow immediately after.

Both Agendas are on the .doc format.

PWA AGM Agenda

PWA Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

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Calling All PWA Members – Make 2015 a Year to Remember!

Do you have ideas as to how the Pennine Way Association should celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Pennine Way, which will take place in 2015?

The PWA Executive Committee would really like to hear from members how we can mark this historic occasion.

The celebrations will be a key item on the agenda of the PWA Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday 22nd March 2014 (1.30 pm Friends Meeting House, Leeds).

If you have ideas, then please let the Committee know by sending your suggestions, by Monday 10th March 2014, to penninewayasociation@hotmail.com

If you are planning to attend the meeting, please also send us an email and we will ensure that you receive a copy of the agenda as soon as it is available.

If you are not currently a member of the PWA, but would like to be involved with the celebrations, further information and an application form can be downloaded from the membership page.

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New Accommodation

The Association is glad to welcome the Langdon Beck Hotel at Forest in Teesdale as a new accommodation provider.

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Closure of Crowden Hostel (Except for Large Groups)

It was with both a measure of surprise and disappontment that the members of the Executive of the PWA learnt of the forthcoming closure of the YHA hostel at Crowden in its current form on March 31st 2014.

Indeed it was only when former Secretary Peter Stott tried to reserve a room for a stay next Spring that we , or anyone else as far as we can ascertain, were aware of the situation. Subsequent investigation by both Peter and Chris Sainty revealed from the YHA that a decision and mutual agreement had been reached with Rotherham Council to close the hostel as a functioning youth hostel and all matters relating to the hostel would be handled in future by the owners Rotherham Council. This was confirmed by Mr Colin Gratton-Rayson who is the Outdoor Learning Youth Work Manager for Rotherham Council. Mr Rayson stated that the hostel would be available for bookings by groups. The definition of a group is not at the moment clear but is believed to be not less than ten people per group. Crowden had been operating as what is known as an Enterprise Hostel and the status of these is reviewed on a periodic basis.

To say that this change is a disappointment is an understatement as anyone who has walked over from Edale, even on a good weather day will appreciate, as accommodation hereabouts is very limited. What is of more interest is the covert way the whole process regarding the change has been, with no known news appearing in the press or from the organisations concerned and no information in the outdoor press. This is a major cause of disappointment as there appears to have been no consultation whatsoever.

As it happens Chris Sainty had made a reservation at Crowden some tine ago and he has now received contact from the YHA that his booking has been transferred to the Old House at Glossop. It is obvious that this change will cause difficulties for Pennine Way walkers and it is to be hoped that facilities will become available in the Glossop area as an opportunity exists here for an enterprising organisation.

The situation is to be discussed at the Executive Meeting of the PWA which is being held next Saturday (Nov 16th 2013) at Leeds. The venue is the Friends Meeting House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds commencing at 1.00 pm and a further report will be made on this website following the meeting.

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Hall Croft B&B Dufton

Please note that Hall Croft in Dufton no longer offers accommodation.

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