Long-distance walkers invited to join in 248-mile 11-day Alfred Wainwright trek across Pennines

Alfred Wainwright

Alfred Wainwright

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A WALK commemorating Alfred Wainwright’s ‘best work’ is to take place in September.

The Pennine Journey Memorial Walk, which will be 248 miles long, will take place over the same days that the legendary walker and guidebook author trekked the 210-mile route in 1938.

A group of ‘seasoned’ long distance walkers is being sought by organisers, Pennine Journey Supporters Club.

The group will aim to complete the walk in 11 days from September 25 to October 5, the same days Wainwright completed the distance.

Starting in Settle, the route will take the walkers through towns and villages including Buckden, Westgate, Alston and Kirkby Stephen.

The route will see the group ascend a total of 36,942 metres over the 11 days. On September 24, 1938, Wainwright, then a clerk in the treasurer’s department at Blackburn Town Hall, left Settle railway station on an expedition that he had been planning for some time.

That expedition had as its primary objective Hadrian’s Wall, and to get there he had chosen to walk on the eastern flanks of the Pennines and to return to Settle on the western flanks.

David Pitt, chairman of the Pennine Journey Supporters Club, said: “This walk is being organised as a tribute to Alfred Wainwright’s landmark walk in 1938.

“We are trying to see how many people would be interested in taking part and then we can move forward.

“This walk was his best work and I hope that it turns into an annual event.

“Help for Heroes and ABF The Soldiers Charity have both said that they will support the walk on their websites.

“It’s a huge challenge to walk so far over such a short period of time but I think that there are a few people out there who are up for the challenge.”

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