Made in collaboration with Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, National Trails, Julia Bradbury and The Outdoor Guide
What Are The National Trails?
The National Trails are long distance walks through some of the very best landscapes the UK has to offer. Along the way, you can expect your emotions to be lifted through exposure to varied wildlife and for your curiosity to be engaged through insights into the past. With 16 to choose from, there is something to suit everyone, regardless of age or ability.
The Pennine Way
The Pennine Way spans nearly 270 miles, running up the backbone of the UK through numerous National Parks and Areas of Natural Beauty. It is one of the longest national walking trails in the UK, and along its length explorers will climb a combined height that’s taller than Everest. It’s truly an epic journey, which will see you pass the highest waterfall, the highest pub and the coldest place in England.
If you don’t fancy doing it all in one go we don’t blame you, it’s an intimidating challenge even for the most seasoned walker. That’s why the team over at National Trails have put together some shorter itineraries for you to follow. You can create your own bespoke walk, or book some of their pre-made journeys.
Peaks Power: Hiking, History and High Adventure in Britain’s Original National Park
Is there a better place to start than at the beginning? Edale is the legendary starting point of the Pennine Way, near Kinder Scout, the site of the mass trespass which kickstarted the National Park movement. It is an area steeped in history. The path in this section is challenging but rewarding, popular with walkers new and old – you’re bound to make some friends along the way.
Roof of England: High Roaming, Rich Heritage and Dark Skies in the North Pennines
You could head to the North Pennines, where the route reaches its highest point. The skies in this area are some of the starriest around and there’s plenty of history to explore – you can even go down an old mine.
There are old Roman Forts, cosy pubs and fantastic views. This section of the Pennine Way has it all.
Calderdale Class: Funky Towns, Literary Legends & Wild Hills around Hebden Bridge
Why not base yourself in West Yorkshire, specifically at the cool town of Hebden Bridge. Surrounded by the amazing Calder Valley, there are downloadable Pennine Heritage Routes available with audio description about the history of the area. There are eateries aplenty, a laidback friendly culture and good transport links to Halifax and beyond, so you’ll never be short of things to do.