Walking from Middleton in Teesdale to Kirk Yetholm
The Pennine Way
The Pennine Way was Britain’s first national trail. It was devised from the 1930’s onwards and finally officially opened in 1965. It follows a high route along the Pennines from the Peak District in Derbyshire to reach the Scottish Border at Kirk Yetholm in the Cheviot Hills.
According to the official guide book the Pennine Way is 256 miles (412km) long. But this total doesn’t include the various diversions that are necessary to access accommodation and transportation.
Known as the toughest trail in Britain, the Pennine Way presents various challenges to the would-be walker but also offers a real sense of achievement to those who manage to complete it.
We completed the first part in (137 miles) July 2016 and July 2017 on 4 separate trips
Our original plan had us walking continuously for 8 or 9 days in 2018 to complete part 2. In the end we couldn’t commit to a continuous amount of time off so we decided to split it into 2 separate trips.
This meant that the original plan to use a luggage transfer service was also abandoned and I decided to carry the full 10kg-15kg pack all the way through. The money saved on the transfer went on the extra rail tickets needed for two trips, although in the end the train tickets were cheap enough to make it an even larger saving.
The new plan meant tackling Middleton to Once Brewed (on Hadrian’s Wall) at the end of June and then completing the walk from Once Brewed to Kirk Yetholm at the end of July.
We had originally planned 8 walking days and that had included a short day of just 6 miles on day 4. We decided to follow the same basic plan, split into two, and we decided we would walk 5 miles on the day we arrived back in Middleton to kill time and reduce the distance on the next day.
The end result was one trip (Trip 5) of 5 walking days and a final trip (Trip 6) of 4 walking days….
Pennine Way – Mileage Chart
|#1||Culm||Date||Start||End||Railhead or Access||Ascent||Descent||Miles||Miles|
|4||19||30/07/18||Windy Gyle||Kirk Yetholm||Tweedbank||2411||3838||13||14|
Details of the final two trips can be found here:
Details of the first four trips can be found here: