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Author: Rosie Fuller

In this week’s instalment of our online series highlighting the best 100 hikes in the world (first appearing in our 2012 special celebratory edition of Adventure Travel which marked its 100th issue), we look at one of the most arduous, yet most stunning trails in the UK, The Pennine Way…

The Pennine Way is one of the UK’s toughest but most spectacular trails, starting in the Peak District and taking the 270-mile route to the Scottish Borders.

On the way it passes through the South Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with highlights including Malham Cove and summiting Pen-y-Ghent. You also take in the North Pennines, before joining briefly with the Hadrian’s Wall Path and then reaching the Cheviot Hills.

The Pennine Way-Peak District, England, UKPhoto: Zilupe

Although it’s often on high, rugged and exposed terrain, facilities along the way are well established and it’s fairly well signposted. And it’s well worth the effort for 18 or so days’ walking in such great scenery.

The route starts/ends in Edale/Kirk Yetholm depending on which way you walk the trail and there are various hostels and campsites along the way.

Intro photo: Jamie Dobson