On this day

50th Anniversary of the Pennine Way undertaken by 6 members of the FAC.

The Pennine Way was the first National Trail in England and is one of the UK’s most famous long-distance walks. Opened on 24th April 1965, it paved the way for public access to some of England’s wildest landscapes.

With a combined ascent that exceeds the height of Mount Everest, the Pennine Way is arguably the most challenging  National Trail in England and the route is recommended for experienced walkers who want a unique experience – but you don’t have to walk it all at once.

Report from Chris Daniels

On the morning of 1st July 1972  6 intrepid adventurers set off from Hull in the back of Ronnie Tomlinson’s Bedford Van. 100 miles and one puncture later we arrived in Edale. We had dreamt of this day for years but it was not possible until our holiday entitlement increased. We all took part in the planning, subdividing the many tasks that needed addressing. We all joined the YHA which helped our planning of overnight accommodation but of course there were gaps which were filled with information obtained from Stephensons The Pennine Way. For details en-route some obtained the relevant O.S. maps + of course Wainrights Pennine Way.
At this point I’d like to share with the reader some highs and lows from my fading memory banks. Firstly a handful of low points :- Crossing the quagmire of Black hill moss. Saying farewell to Chris and Bob at Hawes as they needed to return to Hull.
Alston to Greenhead, 26 miles in continuous heavy rain. But now just a few of the many highs :- The view from High Cup Nick Dufton. The tranquil Malham Tarn.
Relaxing in Upper Coucquett Dale prior to our triumphant walk down into Kirk Yethom + the free pint on Wainwright. And finally 2 Bus and 2 Train journeys later we emerged from Paragon Railway Station to be warmly welcomed back home by Bob Garton who was the Driver of the 22 Bus on the wall side, he brushed aside a boarding passenger to embrace us as if back from outer space. Halcyon Days with good mates some sadly no longer with us who I dedicate this report to.
Jack Fawcett, Jimmy Cranwell, Bob Garton, Chris Pickering, Dave Upfield, Chris Daniels.

and here are some photos taken by Bob. (Scanned by his daughter, Sandra.)

And here is a report by Bob

This was the walk that many of us had dreamed of for a long time, never thinking that one day we would have a bash.4 of us managed to wrangle 3 weeks off work but Bob and Chris Pickering could only manage 1 week and decided to walk for the first 100 miles or so (Edale to Hawes).

We had organised the B&B for 18 nights, so we were committed to doing the daily mileage come hell or high water (and we got plenty of the latter the first week).When Bob and Chris left us on the second Saturday, the weather changed for the better and they said they were taking the rain home. This proved to be true because we didn’t have to don any wet gear for the remaining 11 days.

Prices of accommodation ranged from 80p at Crowden YH to £2.65 at the Blue Bell, Alston. The total for the 18 days was £32.99   Plus , of course, beer money.

The shortest day’s walk was 11 ¼ Crowden to Marsden and the longest was 22 1/4 Mankinholes to Lothersdale.

and a menu from the White House


A gallery of photos from Chris Pickering


Many thanks to all who contributed to this account. Bob Garton, Chris Daniels, Chris Pickering and Sandra. and of course all those who took part on the adventure.

9 Comments

  1. Hi, Delighted with the combined efforts to produce this wonderful reminder and tribute. The baton is firmly in the hands of those who’ve followed on.
    R.I.P. JACK & JIM, Blessings Chris

  2. Wow what an adventure and all so young being 50 years ago, the prices of the accomodation and the menu, brings inflation to mind.
    Tipical Bobbo to have archived photos, menu and accomodation cost all the details for the next time the FAC attempt to do it.
    Thanks to all who put this together and Keith got putting it on the tinterweb to see and read.
    RIP Jacko and Jim (never will we forget)

  3. Thanks to everyone that contributed. Great photos (obviously) and great report. Memories forever.
    How about some of you youngsters having a go!?

  4. We’d love to have a go Bob, it’s just the ‘youngsters’ bit that’s the issue. We might be better off doing it on-line, maybe by Google StreetView. At least if it rains we wouldn’t need our wet gear on.

    Seriously though it was one hell of a challenge which you should all be proud of, a memory forever. And I, along with the other FAC irregulars, are proud to be still flying the flag once a fortnight, continuing and contributing to the long illustrious history of the Ferensway Adventure Club.

  5. Wow, what an adventure., 50 years were have they gone. Great camaraderie and friendships that last a lifetime. My biggest regret was not doing the P. W. In its entirety “Jimbo” great walking companion. ” Jacko” always talked about when we meet, miss him every day. A very big thank you to everyone who helped put this post together. P. S. Anyone got three weeks spare next year. ( I WISH).!

  6. Lovely report about an adventure that remained in my dad’s memory to the end. On many occasions, he talked about one member who had to buy his wife a colour TV in order to be allowed to take part.
    The happy walking stories stayed with Jacko till his final days, when he was always wishing that he could still go walking. Thanks to all for your support and friendship. Elaine

  7. What a fantastic read, the photos of some of the guys Who you often talk about I can now put a face to.
    I wish I had joined in those early days of the FAC. Still I am enjoying what memories we’re making now. Enjoying our friendship.
    Thanks for this report, the people who made it possible.
    RIP Jack and Co.
    Coll.

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