Maddy & Nicki’s 2018 Pennine Way challenges


*** Update – she did it with bells on! Read about Maddy’s northbound leg of this challenge here. Nicki’s southbound leg was also a success, but she hasn’t actually put pen to paper to write an account of it yet!

On July 12th, Maddy will set off from Edale in Derbyshire and attempt to walk 268 miles to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland.  The route, along the Pennine Way national trail, will take her over the hills of the dark Peak, through the Yorkshire Dales, over the Pennine hills, into Northumberland National Park, along a section of Hadrian’s wall and over the Cheviot hills into Scotland.  It will be a test of Maddy’s strength and stamina.  She expects to take just over 2 weeks to complete the distance and will overnight in a tent, bunk barns and youth hostels as she goes.  Her mum, Nicki, will walk alongside, principally as a packhorse, and to keep Maddy out of mischief!

Once Maddy reaches Scotland, she will travel back home by car to enjoy a well-earned, post-GCSE Summer break, while Nicki heads back south on the trail, aiming to return along the same route back to Edale in 10 days, covering, on average, 27 miles a day.

Maddy’s planned itinerary (subject to change!):

  • 12th Edale – Crowden
  • 13th Crowden to Standedge
  • 14th Standedge – Mankinholes
  • 15th Mankinholes – Cowling
  • 16th Cowling – Malham
  • 17th Malham – Horton
  • 18th Horton – Hawes
  • 19th Rest day? 
  • 20th Hawes – Tan Hill
  • 21st Tan Hill – Middleton
  • 22nd Middleton – Dufton
  • 23rd Dufton – Alston
  • 24th Alston – Greenhead
  • 25th Greenhead – Bellingham
  • 26th Rest day?
  • 27th Bellingham – Byrness
  • 28th  Byrness to hut 2
  • 29th Hut 2 – Kirk Yetholm

To track Maddy’s northbound journey please click here.

To track Nicki on her southbound challenge, please click here.

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