Pennine Way Guidebooks

Pennine Way Guidebooks and Maps

RambleFest displays the best Pennine Way guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.

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Notes on Pennine Way Guidebooks

We advise buying two different Pennine Way guidebooks. One will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc.
The Trailblazer Pennine Way guidebook has 1:20,000 large-scale Wainwright-style detailed maps and a great deal of additional information, not only for navigating the route, but also on geology, accommodation, camping, and where to eat and drink.
The National Trail and Cicerone guidebooks include the relevant OS 1:25,000 scale map sections.

The Trailblazer Pennine Way guidebook is especially good:
“Britain’s best-known National Trail winds for 256 miles through three National Parks – the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. This is the 5th edition. This superb footpath showcases Britain’s finest upland scenery, while touching the literary landscape of the Bronte family and Roman history along Hadrian’s Wall.
* 138 large-scale walking maps – at just under 1:20,000 – showing route times, gradients, where to stay, interesting features.
* Guides to 57 towns and villages – along the way.
* Itineraries for all walkers – whether walking the route in its entirety or sampling the highlights on day walks and short breaks.
* Practical information for all budgets – Edale to Kirk Yetholm.
* Where to stay with reviews – B&Bs, hostels, campsites, pubs and hotels.
* Where to eat with reviews.
* What to see, plus detailed town plans.
* Public transport information – for all access points on the path.
* GPS waypoints – also downloadable from the Trailblazer website.
* Extra colour sections: 16pp colour introduction and 16pp of colour mapping for stage sections (one stage per page) with trail profiles.”
Pennine Way: Edale to Kirk Yetholm (Trailblazer Guide)

The National Trails Pennine Way guidebook includes sections of OS maps:
“The Pennine Way is Britain’ s toughest long-distance path, running 268 miles from Derbyshire’ s Peak District up through the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Northumberland into the Scottish Borders. Until now, Aurum’ s Trail Guide has covered it in two volumes, where our competitors publish one, and those volumes have been bulked out with circular day walks which no-one essaying the arduous task of walking even a stretch of the Path will realistically want to divert to do.
Now, Damian Hall, one of Country Walking’ s senior contributors, has written a completely new guide, giving all the information the modern walker requires: GPS references, gradients of each section, public transport links, extensive details of the wildlife and flora to be seen along the way, and a guide for occasional walkers to the real highlight stretches of the path.”
– Pennine Way: National Trail Guide (National Trail Guides)

The Cicerone Pennine Way guidebook is also worth considering:
“The Pennine Way is Britain’s oldest, toughest long-distance footpath – and arguably its most iconic. The 427km (265 mile) National Trail route from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders offers walkers the opportunity to immerse themselves in wild beauty of the North. This guidebook presents the route in 20 daily stages of 11-32km (7-19 miles).”

  • Step-by-step route description is accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping and information about points of interest along the way, as well as advice on facilities and planning your trip, tips for walking the route and an alternative 15-day itinerary.
  • In addition, the guidebook includes a pocket-sized map booklet containing all the OS 1:25,000 mapping needed to walk the trail, saving the need to carry numerous map sheets.
  • Overnight options range from camping to a mixture of hostels and B&Bs and there is great camaraderie amongst walkers. Useful contacts and full accommodation listings can be found in the appendices.”

The Pennine Way: National Trail From Edale to Kirk Yetholm (Includes separate OS map booklet) (Cicerone)

Pennine Way Maps

Two of the three Pennine Way guidebooks mentioned above should suffice, as they include the necessary portions of the Ordnance Survey `Explorer’ maps at 1:25,000 scale or detailed Wainwrite-style maps. However, you may like to buy the two AZ Adventure maps, which cover the whole route, and are also at a scale of 1:25,000.

Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value. Click on the link:
Ordnance Survey Maps Online

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