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TV star hails "iconic" trail

TV star hails "iconic" trail

Published at 8:17am 24th April 2015.

Today marks the day the Pennine Way was officially opened in the Yorkshire Dales National Park 50 years ago.

The 268-mile national trail, which stretches from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders, was opened at Malham Cove in the presence of the then Minister of Land and Natural Resources, F.T. Willey, and Tom Stephenson, the author and writer whose dream of a path running along the Pennines inspired its creation.

The anniversary this year coincides with the setting up of a partnership to coordinate the management of the entire length of both the Pennine Way and the 205-mile-long Pennine Bridleway.

The new partnership is led by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority with support from all the local access authorities and other key partners.

A new Pennine National Trails Partnership Manager has been appointed to oversee budgets, route maintenance and improvement work.

The anniversary is being marked by a mass Walk the Way in a Dayevent tomorrow.

People can choose from 50 circular walks that cover the entire Pennine Way – 10 of them in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Ilkley-born TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh said: “The word iconic is over used, but it most certainly applies to the Pennine Way and to the terrain it traverses. 

“I've always been proud that it passes through some of my favourite native haunts, and my copy of Alfred Wainwright's astonishing guide is well thumbed. 

“I hope that hardy walkers continue to be uplifted by walking even a part of it, and to feel a sense of achievement and wonder as they marvel at the beauty of the countryside around them.

Full details of the walks are available at http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pennine-way/walk-the-way-in-a-day