Course Diversions

The Pennine Way undergoes several assessments during the year conducted by the National Trail Officer and the local rangers to assess the condition and suitability of the trail. As an event that uses the trail during a traditional period of recovery we may receive requests for diversions in certain areas that amend the race route.

Traditionally we do not receive many requests and any diversions that are in place are usually small and simple to follow. If a planned diversion is in place during the event, this will be signed. Most Checkpoints (CP) have a small diversion to reach them. These are fully signed and easy to follow.

All planned diversions are contained within the GPX files.

Environmental Impact Briefing Notes

The Pennine Way passes through a region of northern England that is of great environmental interest, in particular for its special nature conservation and archaeological importance. The path also passes through a working landscape of farms, villages and tourism enterprise. These are environmentally sensitive landscapes that are vulnerable to degradation and disturbance from use of the Pennine Way by significant numbers of people.

These briefing notes have been produced for Spine competitors to encourage careful route choices that will avoid adverse impacts on the special character and quality of the landscapes and communities crossed by the Pennine Way. A summary of key recommendations is provided here, with more information provided later in this document.

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Start to CP1

No planned diversions.

CP1 to Malham Tarn

A small diversion outside of Thornton-in-Craven.

Malham Tarn to CP2 + Challenger/MRT Finish

No planned diversions.

CP2 to CP3

No planned diversions.

CP3 to CP4

Dufton: A slight modification to the route departing Dufton is in place.

CP4 to CP5

No planned diversions.

CP5 to FIN

Byrness: Competitors must visit our monitoring location in Byrness.