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Pennine Way & Pennine Bridleway[edit]

Why does the PW start at Edale? Alfred Wainwright in his PW guide comments that it would have been a much finer start, and more logical, to be at Dovedale, right at the base of the Pennines. It's interesting to note that the new Pennine Bridleway starts much further down the Peak District. In retrospect it seems to me that the Edale start was influenced by the need, immediately pre and post WW2, to make a strong case for walking access over the Kinder/Bleaklow grouse moors. Linuxlad 08:39, 18 October 2005 (UTC)

Well the Mass Trespass would have been very fresh in Tom Stephenson's mind when he made the original PW proposal pre-war, and worked for it as RA secretary after the war. But when the route was originally proposed (pre WW2) Ashbourne/Dovedale still had a rail service, quite popular with ramblers (it closed early 50s, I dimly recollect), (whereas Edale also nearly lost its service in the mid 60s). So rather confirms my view that Kinder Access (or memories of the Trespass if you like), held sway over other considerations. Linuxlad

Coming in a little late, should have spotted this before. Some years ago, I was told by a couple of people I walked with, who had been involved in the trespass, that the Edale start was as you say Linuxlad, it was a symbolic starting point and represented the original gathering point. These old timers also held the opinion that the Pennines as such run out at Edale and the bit going south to Dovedale is not in fact the Pennines but Derbyshire Dales... geologically a transition from the Pennine grits to the dales limestones..... High Peak to White Peak..........take your pick on that one. But makes some sort of sense. Geotek (talk) 15:54, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

Performance art[edit]

I was interested in the addition about Performance art, though can't find enough external references to justify reverting its deletion. But in case the book actually gets published (can't trace it in Amazon or as yet), here's the text which was removed:

  • Movement artists, Tamara Ashley and Simone Kenyon, performed the entire length of the trail in August 2006. Their book documents the performance and invites readers to create their own interpretations of the landscapes along the way.

and the book ref provided (tidied up a bit):

  • Ashley, Tamara (2007). The Pennine Way: The Legs that Make Us. Brief Magnetics. ISBN 0954907310.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)

And here's one solid external reference:

PamD (talk) 10:43, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Actually that is a good reference. I've re-added on the info + the above citation. --JD554 (talk) 10:56, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
Thanks - I was looking for a 2nd ext ref, as it had been deleted the once, but if you're happy with this one then that's fine by me! I've changed the book ref to the above slightly better-formatted version. PamD (talk) 11:06, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Wainwright's Beer[edit]

For quite some time you got a pint from AW - I certainly drank two halves ('you're entitled to a second' said the landlord encouragingly) back in '74. Bob aka Linuxlad (talk) 19:11, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Map- useful in this format?[edit]

Does the map added today actually improve the article? I suggest that a map showing the path, on a whole-of-England outline map, would be more informative. This one also distorts the layout of all the text. PamD (talk) 22:31, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

It gives a feel for the route, but as it stands is of little use as there is no was to get an enlarged view to be able to see any detail, and nothing to locate it in England. Keith D (talk) 12:33, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

Consistency with sources[edit]

I noticed that the sources for this article put kilometres first and the article was kilometres first until the display was flipped on 7 September 2011. I think it would be preferable to follow both the history of the article and the sources and return the article to its original usage. Michael Glass (talk) 13:43, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

It turned out that the article was inconsistent in its display of units both before and after the previous change, so I followed the majority of references and flipped the rest. I hope the result is OK. Michael Glass (talk) 04:20, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
An IP editor has unilaterally and without explanation decided to change all the units to display with miles first, but instead of adding the parameter "disp=flip" to the {{convert}} they have altered all the figures so that the miles figure, calculated from the km figure, is the one included in the text. This can lead to inaccuracies - the figures in the text should be as in the sources used, with "convert" used to provide an alternative version. That said, "mi" is a horrible abbreviation and not used in UK texts, so we should be displaying as "miles" (see Good Article South West Coast Path for an example). PamD 08:31, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

Proposal on units[edit]

  • Until yesterday the units were expressed as: {{convert|429|km|mi|abbr=on}} - 429 km (267 mi)
  • At present the units are expressed as: {{convert|267|mi|km|abbr=on}} - 267 mi (430 km)
  • I suggest that we use: {{convert|429|km|mi|disp=flip}} or {{convert|267|mi|km}}, depending on which figure the source cited gives first, displaying as: 267 miles (429 km) or 267 miles (430 km)

There are three questions:

  1. Which unit should be written into the text? I suggest it should be the one used as the primary unit by the source being used (because of the "flip" parameter, this is independent of our decision on how to display the data).
  2. Should miles or km come first? WP:UNIT specifies the use of non-metric units for geographical distances in non-science UK-related articles, but a footnote acknowledges that there can be strong views and advises talk page discussion.
  3. "mi" or "miles" in the display? Personally I vote for "miles" and note that it is used in the "Good Article" South West Coast Path.

Any thoughts? PamD 08:52, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

I'd support your suggestion. Worth bearing in mind that different sources give various lengths for the PW, so in some ways the rounding oddities don't really matter anyway, but your suggestion makes sense to me. I don't like "mi" either. Dave.Dunford (talk) 10:26, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
UK-related articles should really use miles for distances IMO. The front page of the Pennine Way website is typical. Displaying miles in full is best way to display them, regardless of if they are the primary or secondary unit..
Heights are what make things complicated, as metres are more commonly used than feet (reflecting the metrication of OS). This means using miles and feet doesn't reflect common usage, and neither does km and m. Mixing the two feels wrong but may be best approach, as it best reflects common usage and how articles like Snowdon do it.
More seriously, what is the length of the path? The sources used for the length are insistent that the path is 429 km and 268 miles, but those numbers don't match. That is not a rounding error, but the result of using the wrong conversion (1.6 km to the mile). Predictably other sources give different lengths (eg 256 miles by the Pennine Way Association).
Given the variety of lengths reported, we should go with the length from Pennine Way website - but we can't do that when we don't know which is correct! I'm going to contact them to try and resolve that.--Nilfanion (talk) 10:46, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
There are various official but optional alternatives (e.g. the Bowes Loop, the optional side trip to The Cheviot, the high-level descent to Kirk Yetholm) - I suspect this is part of the reason for the inconsistent lengths quoted. Agree with you on miles for distance and metres for heights, by the way. Dave.Dunford (talk) 11:06, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
The error within the Pennine Way website appears to be the result of a calculation error, as the figures are being quoted side by side. I'll see what Natural England says about this (5 of the National Trails have the same problem). The different lengths from different sources reflect things like route variations.--Nilfanion (talk) 11:10, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
With regards to the length - response from Natural England: "We tend to work in miles, and the latest Pennine Way Guide Book states that the Trail is 268 miles (431 km)." They suggest that we use the mile figure as our source. There's then a comment on how the path lengths are variable in any case - due to multiple route options, loops, and various adjustments. Given all that I recommend we quote the Pennine Way as being 268 miles and 431 km long - regardless of if its km or mile first.--Nilfanion (talk) 21:16, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
I would go with what Pam has suggested using miles first and using miles in full rather than abbreviating to mi. I would also go with heights in feet first as per the usage in South West Coast Path for consistency in display rather than mixing imperial/metric first. Keith D (talk) 11:32, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
Actually, MOSNUM has something for everyone. It favours metric for most things but recommends miles for distances. However, as it says nothing about feet for heights it apparently favours metres over feet for this measure. It also says that if editors can't agree they should refer to the history of the article, which in this case was metric first! As for the sources, they display the same mixture. No wonder it's so hard to be consistent! Michael Glass (talk) 12:57, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
I'm concerned that there appears to be a slow edit war about units going on here. Please. If there is no consensus, and no prospect of one, the best thing to do is to follow this advice from MOSNUM, which I quote in full, with the most applicable part bolded:

Some editors hold strong views for or against metrication in the UK. If there is disagreement about the main units used in a UK-related article, discuss the matter on the article talk-page, at MOSNUM talk, or both. If consensus cannot be reached, refer to historically stable versions of the article and retain the units used in these as the main units. Note the style guides of British publications such as Times Online (under "Metric").

Michael Glass (talk) 01:29, 28 October 2012 (UTC)
There is no edit war, slow or otherwise. My reading of this thread seems to indicate: (1) the abbreviation mi should be avoided, (2) miles first is strongly favoured by participants (apparent 4:1 ratio), indicative of consensus if not unanimity, and (3) participants split on how to handle heights.
The historical choices made in the article is not irrelevant, but a new consensus can certainly overturn it. That clause is in MOSNUM to provide stability if there is no consensus about what to do, not to block consensus-backed changes. Also note my comments above: The primary source - Natural England - has stated that they work in miles, and consider the mile length authoritative. That's reflected on the homepage of the paths website. Do you favour using km, and if so, why?--Nilfanion (talk) 22:20, 31 October 2012 (UTC)
I would favour putting the kilometre distances first because that is what most of the sources use. Failing that, I recommend that the disp=flip function is used so that the article won't have rounding errors in the figures it gives. Michael Glass (talk) 03:35, 17 July 2013 (UTC)


Added map. Will try to get back to check location name links ASAP. Can't figure out how to stop label wrapping (e.g. Horton-in-Ribblesdale does not display propertly so shortened to Horton). Can't figure out how to reduce the displayed map area to restrict to just the route, rather then the whole of Northern England. Would be good to add other towns and features mentioned in text using distinguishing colours from overnight stops. Diggers2004 (talk) 01:44, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

You can stop the wrap by using template {{nowrap}}. Keith D (talk) 11:21, 16 September 2013 (UTC)
Or an HTML non-breaking space ( ). I've tweaked the map a little, only for aesthetic reasons. Dave.Dunford (talk) 14:46, 16 September 2013 (UTC)


There is several short form references to Collins in the article but there is no entry giving the full details of the book. Can anyone supply the details? Thanks. Keith D (talk) 23:51, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

Collins wrote the earlier edition of the Cicerone guide. This diff was when he was edited out. Ideally, someone needs to replace the cites with equivalents in Dillon, but in the meantime the old edition could be added to the Further reading section.--Mhockey (talk) 01:53, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Something's got to be wrong: if the article cites info from the earlier ed, then the ref needs to point to it; page numbers etc may well be different in new edition, so the old ed is necessary. Statements cited may even have changed. I'm not that familiar with the short form ref system, but is there a missing list of books to which the refs should refer? It shouldn't surely depend on the books being mentioned in "Further Reading" (of course this latter section should be updated for new eds, but that's not the same as the sourcing of the article). PamD 08:45, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
OK, I've read Help:Shortened footnotes and added a "References" section with the three works which are cited using short refs. It would be nice to go through their inline refs and change them to use the full linked system... have done so for the first Poucher ref, just to see how it works. Might come back and do more, no time right now. PamD 09:38, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Decided I had time ... all sfn refs templatised. Now really must go out and catch a train! PamD 09:55, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for taking the trouble to convert to the linked short references and supplying the missing book detail. Keith D (talk) 12:42, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Pennine Way/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

  1. Requires additional inline references adding using one of the {{Cite}} templates
  2. Requires updating (one item still refers to a 2005 event as current)
  3. List of locations needs a visit to see if articles exist & wikilinked correctly
  4. Requires copy-edit for WP:MOS
Keith D 14:13, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Last edited at 14:13, 23 October 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 02:36, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

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