The Pennines is a mountain range sometimes described as 'the backbone of England'. It consists of two areas known as the North Pennines and the South Pennines. The boundaries of the range are not clear cut, but it runs roughly from the northern edge of the Peak District in the south to the Tyne Valley in the north. The North Pennines' eastern and western boundaries are Darlington and Carlisle, while the eastern and western boundaries of the Southern Pennines are the towns of West and South Yorkshire and the Forest of Rossendale.
It is possible to walk the whole length of the Pennines along The Pennine Way National Trail which extends for 268 miles. Plans for the trail were put forward in 1935, and its final section was opened in 1965. Click here to see a map of the Pennine Way National Trail.