Pennine Way long distance footpath along the Pennines.
The Pennine Way starts in Edale and ends in Kirk Yetholm, so it links Derbyshire with Scotland. The Peak District section takes in Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill before descending to Marsden. This is possibly the toughest section of the whole walk.
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Since then many thousands of people have walked the route, which goes from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. On the way it passes or crosses many of the landmarks of central northern England - Kinder, Bleaklow, Malham Cove, High Force, Cross Fell, Hadrian's Wall, and others. At about 270 miles (430 km) it's a long walk, which takes most people who attempt it between two and three weeks, though it has been run in just a few days! The Peak District section of the walk takes in all the major gritstone peaks of the area.
This is maybe less interesting than the original route which headed up Grindsbrook and over the top of Kinder Scout, crossing to Crowden Brook and upstream to Crowden Head, the highest point of the Kinder plateau, before dropping down into Kinder River, which was followed to the Downfall, but the passage of lots of walkers across the top of the plateau caused a lot of erosion.
After Kinder Downfall the route heads north-west along the edge of the plateau before descending to Ashop Head and climbing up to Mill Hill to follow the long ridge which connects Kinder to Bleaklow.
Here the path divides, with the modern advised route heading almost north to drop down to Wessenden Head and follow the chain of Wessenden Reservoirs down to Marsden. However, the original route continued north-west along the watershed to cross White Moss, Black Moss and take an almost direct line to Standedge, where the path leaves the Peak. Again, this route has been abandoned because of the erosion it caused on the soft peat of these hills.
Maps required are the Ordnance Survey 1:50000 sheets 110 and 119. The Dark Peak 1:25000 Outdoor Leisure series map covers most of the Peak District part of the route.
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