Thanks guys thinking more of bad weather etc re maps. My navigation skills are a bit rusty, but will bone up during the next weeks.
Is the route well marked? I did a bit of the coast to coast around Richmond and must say had to keep my eyes wide open as easily missed.
In your opinions which were the best and worst parts of the walk? I guess weather conditions has much to do with my question.
I would not rely AT ALL for signposting on the Pennine Way. In many parts signposting is completely non-existent. I remember some "PW" signs in the peat groughs after Bleaklow (I was doing North to South) and thinking that they had been left by someone for a mate with PW initials. It was only after that I realised that they were for the Pennine Way. I'm not sure that there would be any day on the Pennine Way that you could do solely relying on waymarking.
I personally like having proper OS maps - but as Pete says - for you, its down to whether you can justify the not inconsiderable expenses of buying a full set.
In terms of the best and worst parts of the walk - if you mean navigationally - as I say above - you'd need something (the Cicerone Guide might do it - but personally I wouldn't rely on that) on every day other than just waymarking. The worst parts navigationally perhaps would be .a. coming down from Bleaklow to Torside reservoir .b. going over Cross Fell .c. I got lost in fields near Lambley Viaduct in the South Tyne Valley and .d. the Cheviots probably wouldn't be that easy navigationally without a map.
Having said all of this, if you can read a map and use a compass (and before Mr Lizard pops in and says you don't need on - you might if the weather comes down - particularly coming off Cross Fell) - you should be alright.
In terms of best and worst parts of the walk for enjoyment - I'd say its all pretty good and I enjoyed it all. But the bits I really liked were actually most of the Northern Section - the Cheviots, Hadrians Wall (my view is that its a good idea not to tack the Wall onto another day - whilst its not a long distance, it is really hard walking because you are constantly up and down), the South Tyne Valley (I cheated a little here and didn't follow the official path the whole way because I really wanted to go under Lambley Viaduct which is really amazing - and then the railway walk from there on is quite fun), Cross Fell (if the weathers OK), High Cup Nick (which must be the real highlight for me - you'll want to leave some time there to be suitably awestruck), the walk along the Tees, Sleightholme Moor to Tan Hill, Keld & Thwaite, Great Shunner, the three peaks, Malham etc etc. This is getting a little crazy because I'm just saying everywhere - but then that was it for me - it was all good.