|Distance: 431km (268 Miles)||Ascent: 11,343m (37,215ft)|
|Max Height: Cross Fell (890m/2920ft)|
|Start: Edale||Finish: Kirk Yeltham|
|This first National Trail was formally opened after a 30-year campaign led by Tom Stephenson of the Ramblers. It follows the central upland spine of England from Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, crossing a wide variety of terrain.
The Pennine Way crosses the expanse of the gritstone moorlands of the Kinder Plateau, the Bronte country and the predominantly limestone areas of the Yorkshire Dales National Park which is traversed via Malham, Pen-y-ghent, Great Shunner Fell and Keld. The Way descends from the high fells to reach the River Tees which is followed past High Force and Cauldron Snout waterfalls then crossing the fells to High Cup, Great Dunfell and Cross Fell then descending to Alston to reach the Northumberland National Park and Hadrian's Wall. The Wall is followed to Housesteads Fort before turning north across the Kielder Forest to Redesdale and the uplands of the Cheviot Hills. Here the English-Scottish border fence is then followed before gradually descending to Kirk Yetholm, where it links with the St Cuthbert's Way.