The Old Nags Head…A start or Finish?


The Old Nags Head, Edale, Derbyshire

Not just any old English Pub but the start (or finish) of England’s first (therefor oldest) Long Distance Right of Way…….The Pennine Way.

Aptly named as this long distance path follows the backbone of England, the Pennines.

The walk takes in heights of over 2000 ft. but regularly takes the walker on a roller coaster walk from valley floor to moorland and rocky heights.  270 miles and 6 English Counties are covered and if you started the walk at Edale you will finish at Kirk Yetholm just over the Scottish border.

Edale itself is a small and rather understated village for the number of visitors in addition to all the walkers that arrive here.  The old village is just a cluster of houses, a Church and old Grave Yard, a Village School, an Hotel  the Nags Head plus a Railway Station. the whole village is surround by numerous farms, with lots of sheep and of course the Kinder Plateau the first significant climb for those who tackle the challenge.

Our walk today was just a short memory refresher of an area we have often explored.  A short excursion crossing the wooden bridge over the often over full Grinds Brook which today was surprisingly dry….


then off up the original main trail of the Pennine Way….not far but enough to recognise the challenge of completing the whole walk…


 The route was established both as a Challenge to be walked over several days but in ‘one go’…but as the route paces many places and crosses many roads it can be done ‘bit by bit’. It can of course (and often is) walked in reverse.  Which ever way it is still a BIG challenge.

23rd April

(C) David Oakes 2016


11 thoughts on “The Old Nags Head…A start or Finish?

          • Well, I might have to decide. I didn’t know about the Scottish one. I’ll definitely investigate that too. I think I would have to do an escorted walk with arranged accommodation and someone to take the luggage. I can walk but I’m not keen on camping. I’ve become soft in my old age.
            Keep posting your lovely photos to help inspire me. 🙂

          • In that case the English Coast to Coats is best. There is an industry sprung up offering accommodation along the route, lots of good guide books and indeed some organised tour walks…you will have to do some research 🙂

  1. Superb photo David – I have never been to Derbyshire (definitely my loss) but I have promised myself I will do the Pennine Way when I retire in a few years 🙂

  2. Thank you for this post David. Five years ago I was taken to lunch here after a day of driving and being shown parts of the Pennines and was totally confused as to where I was and what the village was called, I have a photo of the pub!. Magnificent stone buildings which you British do so well in this village, which seemed strange to my ‘convict’ eyes, being in the middle of nowhere. Now I can name the village 🙂

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