The Pennine Way offers best hiking and biking trails along with stunning views. Here are five most amazing points of the Pennine Way.
1 HIGH CUP, Cumbria
You are approaching High Cup and suddenly the ground opens up beneath you like an earthquake in slow motion, revealing an apocalyptic chasm. The symmetrical U-shaped valley of whinstone cliffs and dolerite crags was gouged out by a glacier. It’s around 700 feet (200 metres) to the valley floor and views go west into the Eden Valley and on to the Lake District. It offers the most stunning view on the Pennine Way, if not in England. It should be much more popular than it is.
2 HADRIAN’S WALL
It’s greedy of the Pennine Way to cover Hadrian’s Wall too. But it crosses eight miles of the World Heritage-listed ancient architecture – the very best of it in truth. The Romans constructed the Wall along the crest of the epic Whin Sill outcrop and it’s a masterpiece of military engineering. This was a Roman Britain’s largest building project and one of the greatest Roman remnants in Europe. Stretches are still intact, some have been restored and remains of camps can been seen too. Just like stunning views.
3 CROSS FELL AND GREG’S HUT
Cross Fell is the most well-known part of the Pennine Way, the highest summit in England outside the Lake District and the coldest place in the UK, according to the Met Office. Even it’s name suggests you’re not welcome. A cross was once erected here by St Augustine to drive away devils. But it seems it haven’t worked. Thank goodness then for the sanctuary of Greg’s Hut, fairly close to the summit and a welcome place to rest and relax, to have a lunch or to spend the night. Named after John Gregory, a mountaineer who died in the Alps in 1968, this bothy is a Pennine Way institution.
4 PEN-Y-GHENT, Yorkshire Dales
Alfred Wainwright likes this view on the Pennine Way the most. He compared the Dales’ peak to a beached whale. It’s a steep ascent involving scrambling and it’s the highest and most rugged challenge so far on the route. Pen-y-ghent is believed to mean Hill of the Winds and the hefty slab is also part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks’ Challenge (along with Ingleborough and Whernside).
5 MALHAM COVE, Yorkshire Dales
The village of Malham is spoilt for oustanding beauty, as well as the nearby Gordale Scar, created by a Norse god in a foul mood, Malham Cove is a natural, 80-meter limestone wall reaching up behind it like a tsunami. Above both the Cove and the Scar is the best example of limestone pavement you’ll ever see. But you may have already seen it in the Harry Potter movie The Deathly Hallows Part 1.