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Walk the Pennine Way
Along the spine of England through three national parks
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About the Trail:

Facts: The Pennine Way has long been popular with walkers, and in 1990 the Countryside Commission reported that 12,000 long-distance walkers and 250,000 day-walkers were using all or part of the trail per year. The path was the idea of the journalist and rambler Tom Stephenson, inspired by similar trails in the United States of America, particularly the Appalachian Trail. The path provides a variety of terrains, with moorlands, rivers and mountainous areas (one section of the path covers the ascension of Pen-Y-Ghent, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks). As one of the most challenging routes in Britain, it is recommended that you plan carefully according to your ability, and take into account the difficulty of the route. However, finishing the route is a highly rewarding experience, and if you plan a duration and daily walking distance to suit you, it is highly achievable.

Highlights: The Trail passes through three National Parks, The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two National Nature Reserves and 20 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The variety of habitats makes it one of the best places in Europe to observe birds like breeding waders in the spring and early summer. It also boasts many landmarks along the route, particularly Hadrian’s Wall, one of the most well known Roman structures in the world, and Cauldron Snout (near Langdon Beck), which, at 200 yards long, is widely considered to be the longest waterfall in Britain. As well as waders, you can often see Red Grouse in the Southern part of the route, the traditional bird for shooting as a sport. As well as this, the Peak District is the only mainland location outside of Scotland that is home to the mountain hare. Keep an eye out for their infamous blue-grey coat amongst areas of moorlands.

The nature of the Trail:

The Pennine Way is a difficult route, with some of the toughest walking that we offer. Over recent years the way-marking has improved, and the peat has been flattened in order to make walking easier, but there are still more remote sections of the path where reasonable navigation skills are necessary, so you must be able to use a map and GPS/compass, or at least be with someone who can navigate for you. Over the course of the walk, you will ascend roughly 40,000ft, but with very few steep gradients, and even those who suffer from severe vertigo are unlikely to be bothered by the height. If you can navigate using a map, and walk roughly 19km in a day without any kind of difficulty, you should have no difficulty on this path.

Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm - 3 days

3 days walking
4 nights accommodation
64 miles /102.9km
From:
£310  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Greenhead area
Day 1 - Greenhead to Bellingham (22 miles / 35 km)
Day 2 - Bellingham to Byrness (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 3 - Byrness to Kirk Yetholm (27 miles / 43 km)
Departure - Departure from Kirk Yetholm after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast.

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm - 5 Days

5 days walking
6 nights accommodation
64 miles /102km
From:
£445  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Greenhead area
Day 1 - Greenhead to Once Brewed (6½ miles / 10½ km)
Day 2 - Once Brewed to Bellingham (15½ miles / 25 km)
Day 3 - Bellingham to Byrness (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 4 - Byrness to Clenell Street (14 miles / 22½ km))
Day 5 - Clenell Street to Kirk Yetholm (13 miles / 21 km)
Departure - Departure from Kirk Yetholm after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast.

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Greenhead - 5 Days

5 days walking
6 nights accommodation
102.5 miles /165km
From:
£445  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Horton-in-Ribblesdale area
Day 1 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Keld (23 miles / 37 km)
Day 2 - Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale (23½ miles / 37½ km)
Day 3 - Middleston-in-Teesdale to Dufton (20 miles / 32 km)
Day 4 - Dufton to Alston (19½ miles / 31 km)
Day 5 - Alston to Greenhead (16½ miles / 26½ km)
Departure - Departure from Greenhead after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale - 6 Days

6 days walking
7 nights accommodation
95 miles /153km
From:
£490  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Edale area
Day 1 - Edale to Torside (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 2 - Torside to Standedge (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 3 - Standedge to Hebden Bridge (17½ miles / 28 km)
Day 4 - Hebden Bridge to Cowling (16 miles / 25½ km)
Day 5 - Cowling to Malham (20 miles / 32 km)
Day 6 - Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (14½ miles / 23 km)
Departure - Departure from Horton-in-Ribblesdale after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Greenhead - 8 Days

8 days walking
9 nights accommodation
106 miles /170.5km
From:
£687  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in Horton-in-Ribblesdale area
Day 1 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 2 - Hawes to Keld (12½ miles / 20 km)
Day 3 - Keld to Baldersdale (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 4 - Baldersdale to Langdon Beck (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 5 - Langdon Beck to Dufton (16 miles / 25½ km)
Day 6 - Dufton to Garrigill (16 miles / 25½ km)
Day 7 - Garrigill to Slaggyford (9 miles / 14½ km)
Day 8 - Slaggyford to Greenhead (10½ miles (17 km)
Departure - Departure from Greenhead after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Edale to Kirk Yetholm - 14 Days

14 days walking
15 nights accommodation
261 miles /420km
From:
£1080  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight in the Edale area
Day 1 - Edale to Torside (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 2 - Torside to Standedge (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 3 - Standedge to Hebden Bridge (17½ miles / 28 km)
Day 4 - Hebden Bridge to Cowling (16 miles / 25½ km)
Day 5 - Cowling to Malham (20 miles / 32 km)
Day 6 - Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 7 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Keld (23 miles / 37 km)
Day 8 - Keld to Middleston-in-Teesdale (23½ miles / 37½ km)
Day 9 - Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton (20 miles / 32 km)
Day 10 - Dufton to Alston (19½ miles / 31 km)
Day 11 - Alston to Greenhead (16 miles / 25½ km)
Day 12 - Greenhead to Bellingham (22 miles / 35 km)
Day 13 - Bellingham to Byrness ( 15 miles / 24 km)
Day 14 - Byrness to Kirk Yetholm (27 miles / 43 km)
Departure - Departure from Kirk Yetholm
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

Edale to Kirk Yetholm - 20 Days

20 days walking
21 nights accommodation
261 miles /420km
From:
£1320  Per Person
Single Supplement:
£20 Per Person Per Night
Solo Traveller Supplement:
£30  Per Person Per Night
Season:
spring, summer, autumn

Itinerary

Arrival - Arrival and overnight stay in the Edale area
Day 1 - Edale to Torside (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 2 - Torside to Standedge (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 3 - Standedge to Hebden Bridge (17½ miles / 28 km)
Day 4 - Hebden Bridge to Ponden (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 5 - Ponden to Thornton-in-Craven (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 6 - Thornton-in-Craven to Malham (9½ miles / 15 km)
Day 7 - Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (14½ miles / 23 km)
Day 8 - Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 9 - Hawes to Keld (12½ miles / 20 km)
Day 10 - Keld to Baldersdale (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 11 - Baldersdale to Langdon Beck (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 12 - Langdon Beck to Dufton (12 miles / 19 km)
Day 13 - Dufton to Garrigill (16 miles (25½ km)
Day 14 - Garrigill to Slaggyford (9 miles / 14½ km)
Day 15 - Slaggyford to Greenhead (10½ miles / 17 km)
Day 16 - Greenhead to Once Brewed (6½ miles / 10½ km)
Day 17 - Once Brewed to Bellingham (15½ miles / 25 km)
Day 18 - Bellingham to Byrness (15 miles / 24 km)
Day 19 - Byrness to Clenell Street (14 miles / 22½ km)
Day 20 - Clenell Street to Kirk Yetholm (13 miles / 21 km)
Departure - Departure from Kirk Yetholm after breakfast
Your holiday arrangements end after breakfast

Notes

Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

Accommodation:

Depending on where you are on the trail you’re following, your overnight accommodation can vary from a B&B, guest house or hotel, which is all part of enjoying the countryside. Here are examples of the type of accommodation you can expect on The Pennine Way. Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

How it Works


Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Accommodation in B&Bs, guest houses, inns and small hotels on, or close by, the route
  • Breakfast daily
  • Daily baggage transfer - one bag per person up to 20kg (44lbs)
  • If you are booked off route for the evening, we will provide any necessary transportation between the route and your accommodation and back to the path again the next morning
  • A detailed map and/or guidebook of the long distance path chosen per room
  • Support and planning in implementing your trip
  • Information pack with full contact and location details on your overnight accommodation and baggage transfer company
  • Assistance of a 24/7 Duty Officer who will do everything to help you in case of an emergency.

  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Transportation to the start of your holiday or from the final night’s accommodation
  • Any parking costs for the duration of your holiday
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches or dinners (or any travel costs in getting to nearby pubs or restaurants)

  • Arrival and Departure:

    Return transport back to your car at the end of the holiday is not included, however is often available by public transport or taxi.

    There is a railway station in Edale which is the first village on the trail. Trains run regularly between Edale and London Euston and St Pancras and less frequently between Kings Cross. The nearest railway station to the end of the trail (Kirk Yetholm) is Berwick-on-Tweed. Berwick-on-Tweed is well linked by rail with Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. Rail timetables, fare and route information can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484 950.

    Coach travel information is available at www.nationalexpress.com or by calling National Express on 0871 781 8181

    Route Planning: The Traveline and Rome2Rio both offer free and detailed online route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find your way to and from your holiday location. Details can be found at: www.traveline.info and www.rome2rio.com


    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights, please contact us.


    'Accommodation Only' package:

    Some walkers travel very light or want to carry all their belongings with them. We understand that, so why not choose our 'accommodation only' package. We will book your overnight stays in an eclectic mix of accommodations along the route and provide you with location maps for each property, so you won't struggle to find it at the end of a walking day. Please contact us for details.

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