North Pennine Ridge (Northern Section)

Distance 20.5 kilometres (12.8 miles)

A classic moorland traverse across wild terrain with hardly a discernable path for most of the way makes this a true wilderness experience. The ridge-top fence serves as a comforting navigational aid whilst you savour the solitude, tranquillity and open grandeur of this seldom frequented part of the county.   This linear route is a serious undertaking in any weather, and to help with navigation it is described in both directions.    See also the North Pennines Ridge (Southern Section).

The North Pennines is one of England's most stunning landscapes, comprised of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming communities, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial past, distinctive birds, animals and plants and much, much more. In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The North Pennines is also a UNESCO European and Global Geopark - highlighting its globally important Earth heritage.


North Pennine Ridge Leaflet North (PDF, 1050KB)