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Press Release 27th March 2019

Pennine Journey Supporters Club
Recently the Club held its Annual General Meeting at Kirkby Stephen Hostel when a re-shaped ‘team’ was voted into office to build upon the good foundation already established and widen awareness within the walking fraternity of the excellence of the route.

Pennine Journey Supporters Club LogoThe new team is:
President: Ron Scholes
Chairman: Chris Butterfield
Minutes Secretary: Priscilla Butterfield
Membership Secretary: Heather Leach
Publicity Officer: David Pitt
Route Coordinator: Robert Cullen
Treasurer/Social Media: Catherine McDonnell
Webmaster: Dik Stoddart

After the conclusion of the formal business there was a wide-ranging discussion by the 18 members/friends about ways to ensure that the improved profile that had resulted from the excellent media coverage achieved both in the UK and abroad in the 80th anniversary year of Alfred Wainwright’s original ‘A Pennine Journey’ and the successful PJ-in-a-Day charity marathon was maintained and enhanced.

Improvements to the accommodation register were considered vital to enable the route to be walked by a variety of differing walkers and work has already started on creating a network of bunk barns/houses, hostels and campsites along the entire route.

The Club has decided to embrace modern technology by making GPX points on the route readily available on the website as well as aerial views of the route. Work on this has already commenced.

Re-publication of ‘A Pennine Journey’
The Pennine Journey Supporters Club greatly welcome the announcement by the Wainwright Society that they have reached agreement with the Wainwright Estate to become the publisher of a limited number of out-of-print books by Alfred Wainwright.

We are naturally delighted that the first book to be re-published will be A Pennine Journey, which it is hoped will be available by late spring 2019. We look forward to working with the Wainwright Society to ensure that this initial venture is the success which it warrants. The Club were responsible for the sale of over 100 copies of the book before it ceased to be published – primarily to walkers along the modern re-creation of AW’s 2018 walk – and hope to be able to at least match that given the Club’s recent publicity successes in bringing the long-distance walk ‘A Pennine Journey’ to the attention of walkers in the UK and further afield.

AW at Thornton Force in 1939The introduction to the A Pennine Journey pictorial guide book says “Before setting out on this walk do buy and read AW’s book. Whilst, necessarily, this guide does not follow his route it is only after absorbing yourself in his narrative that you will be able to appreciate the circumstances and conditions under which the book was written

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