Pennine Journey Guidebooks and Maps
RambleFest displays the best Pennine Journey guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online
The path is marked by name on the current Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure and Explorer maps.
Find displayed below Pennine Journey guidebooks, maps, and other guidebooks that will help navigate and make enjoyable walking the Pennine Journey.
The Pennine Journey coincides for much of the walk with the Pennine Way, so we would suggest buying one (or two) of the excellent Pennine Way guidebooks available for that walk as well as a Pennine Journey guidebook. The Pennine Journey coincides with the other paths, notably Hadrian’s Wall Path. The rambler with foresight may wish to look at the guidebooks for those walks (on RambleFest, of course) and consider if they are required.
The path is marked by name on the current ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure and Explorer maps.
“In September 1938 A. Wainwright made a solitary walk through the Pennines. The following year he wrote up an account of this walk, which was eventually published as A Pennine Journey in 1986. This pictorial guide, written by members of the Wainwright Society, is a re-creation of his walk adapted for today s roads and rights-of-way, taking a route that Wainwright might have chosen if he was planning it today. The route is 247 miles long and divided into eighteen stages. With maps and illustrations inspired by the work of the great AW, this labour of love is essential for all those who wish to follow in Wainwright s footsteps.”
– A Pennine Journey
“This is the story of a solitary walk through the Pennines made by A Wainwright – fell-walker, artist and author of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells – in September 1938. With the world on the brink of war, Wainwright found solace in the desolate moors and the song of larks high above the tranquil landscape.”
“In 1938, in the shadow of possible hostilities and long before he became renowned for his ‘pictorial guides’, Alfred Wainwright decided to go for a walk. This was not just any walk: he chose to walk over 200 miles from Settle to Hadrian’s Wall and back. He wrote an account of his trek, Pennine Journey, not as a guidebook but as a commentary on the life and folk of the Dales.
In 1998, as close to the 60th anniversary as possible, A. Walker undertook the same walk and he too wrote an account of the journey and set about producing a guide to the walk using Ordnance Survey maps that are contemporaneous with those that Wainwright would have used. Through the maps, the guide tells more of where society has been rather than where the walker should walk.
Yorkshire-born author A Walker’s writing centres around the earlier works of Alfred Wainwright, particularly his Pennine Journey, which he had undertaken in 1938. Walker retraced the route and found it became the inspiration for Back to the Wall, a personal reflection that uses the walk as a microcosm of life’s journey. Walker’s interpretation of his 1998 trek takes the form of a rambling account that compares and contrasts with Wainwright’s original book using his own views and opinions as the basis of a thought-provoking and amusing yarn.”
– In Wainwright’s Footsteps: The Pennine Journey
Notes on Pennine Journey Guidebooks
Two of the three books we display are guidebooks; the third (the red one) is the story of Alfred Wainwright’s walk in 1938.
The PennineJourney.Org website has good route section info, path updates, etc.
Pennine Journey Maps
RambleFest strongly advises the necessity of the Ordnance Survey maps covering the journey (see below).
We display the Ordnance Survey maps required for the walk.
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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