The managers of Britain’s oldest and best known National Trail are seeking a brewery with connections to the Pennines to produce an official beer for the Pennine Way.
This is an exciting opportunity for a local business to join forces with an iconic National Trail that is part of British heritage. The trail managers hope that the relationship will benefit both parties. The brewery will profit from association with the Pennine Way and the publicity that this brings. The maintenance of the trail will benefit from a financial contribution from each pint, bottle or keg that is sold.
The Pennine Way has a long association with this hoppy refreshment: legend has it that Alfred Wainwright left money behind the bar of the Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm so that anyone who had walked the length of the trail could be rewarded with a free pint!
People have been taking on the challenge of walking the 268 mile trail along the spine of England, from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders for the past 50 years and northern hospitality is a significant part of the experience, with many pubs located along or close to the route offering rest and refreshment to weary walkers.
Expressions of interest from breweries will be welcomed until the 17th March 2017. Further information is available at www.nationaltrail.co.uk/pennine-way/news/official-beer-pennine-way.
The Pennine Way by numbers:
- Officially opened on April 24th 1965, the Pennine Way is the oldest of the National Trails.
- It runs for 431km (268 miles) from Edale in Derbyshire to the Scottish border town of Kirk Yetholm.
- The Pennine Way is usually walked over 16-19 days, with a choice of campsites, B&B’s and hostels along the way.
- It passes through 3 National Parks, 1 Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- The total ascent on the Pennine Way (when walked from south to north) is over 12,000m (around 40,000 feet). For comparison, Mount Everest is 8848m (29,029 feet) high.
- The highest point on the Pennine Way is Cross Fell, the highest peak in England outside of the Lake District at 890m (2,929 feet) above sea level.