Pennine Way

Walking the Pennine Way will take you through England's finest countryside. In terms of scenic grandeur, from the Dark Peak of its Debyshire beginnings, through the spectacular limestone of the Yorkshire Dales, the Teesdale Valleys and high fells of Alston, along Hadrian's Wall and over the Cheviots, all the way into Scotland, the Pennine Way has it all.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £10 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

Entire Route Options

This option is for those with a high level of fitness who are used to walking long distances over several days. The average daily mileage is just over 19 miles and there are 3 very big days involving distances of 25 miles or more and with over 4000 feet of ascent.

Arrive at Edale and check into your accommodation.
Day 1 Edale to Torside. 15 miles
Day 2 Torside to Calder Valley 27 miles
Day 3 Calder Valley to Ickornshaw 16½ miles
Day 4 Ickornshaw to Malham 17 miles
Day 5 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14 miles
Day 6 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Keld 25½ miles
Day 7 Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale 20½ miles
Day 8 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton 20½ miles
Day 9 Dufton to Alston 19 miles
Day 10 Alston to Greehead (Hadrian's Wall) 16 miles
Day 11 Greenhead to Bellingham 21 miles
Day 12 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles
Day 13 Byrness to Kirk Yetholm 25 miles
Depart Kirk Yetholm

This is our suggested itinerary for comfortably completing the Pennine Way. This option splits the route into 15 stages with an average daily mileage of around 17 miles and just one longer stage on the final day over the Cheviot of approximately 25 miles. This last stage can only be further split by a long detour involving considerable descent and subsequent re-ascent to rejoin the route.

Arrive at Edale and check into your accommodation.
Day 1 Edale to Torside. 15 miles
Day 2 Torside to Standedge 14 miles
Day 3 Standedge to Calder Valley 16 miles
Day 4 Calder Valley to Ickornshaw 16½ miles
Day 5 Ickornshaw to Malham 17 miles
Day 6 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14 miles
Day 7 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 13½ miles
Day 8 Hawes to Keld 12 miles
Day 9 Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale 20½ miles
Day 10 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton 20½ miles
Day 11 Dufton to Alston 19 miles
Day 12 Alston to Greehead (Hadrian's Wall) 16 miles
Day 13 Greenhead to Bellingham 21 miles
Day 14 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles
Day 15 Byrness to Kirk Yetholm 25 miles
Depart Kirk Yetholm

If you have the time, this is arguably the best way to walk the Pennine Way. The average daily mileage is just 13 miles and the longest day is 16 miles. A more relaxed pace also means time for interesting detours such as a walk through Goredale Scar or an ascent of Ingleborough, a visit to Bronte's parsonage in Haworth or a Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall.

Arrive at Edale and check into your accommodation.
Day 1 Edale to Torside. 15 miles
Day 2 Torside to Standedge 14 miles
Day 3 Standedge to Calder Valley 16 miles
Day 4 Calder Valley to Ponden 11½ miles
Day 5 Ponden to Thornton-in-Craven 11 miles
Day 6 Thornton-in-Craven to Malham 10½ miles
Day 7 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14 miles
Day 8 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 13½ miles
Day 9 Hawes to Keld 12 miles
Day 10 Keld to Baldersdale 14 miles
Day 11 Baldersdale to Forest in Teesdale 14 miles
Day 12 Forest in Teesdale to Dufton 13 miles
Day 13 Dufton to Garrigill 15 miles
Day 14 Garrigill to Slaggyford 9 miles
Day 15 Slaggyford to Greehead (Hadrian's Wall) 10½ miles
Day 16 Greenhead to Once Brewed 7½ miles
Day 17 Once Brewed to Bellingham 15 miles
Day 18 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles
Day 19 Byrness to Uswayford 15 miles
Day 20 Uswayford to Kirk Yetholm 12½ miles
Depart Kirk Yetholm

One-week Sections

On this southern section you begin walking the Pennine Way in the Dark Peak district of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow. Passing along gritstone edges and across lofty hills, you descend into industrial history in the Calder Valley before rising again to the bleak moors of Bronte country. This section ends in some of the most spectacular scenery of the entire Pennine Way, the dramatic limestone country of Malham Cove.

Arrive at Edale and check into your accommodation.
Day 1 Edale to Torside. 15 miles
Day 2 Torside to Standedge 14 miles
Day 3 Standedge to Calder Valley 16 miles
Day 4 Calder Valley to Ickornshaw 16½ miles
Day 5 Ickornshaw to Malham 17 miles
Depart Malham

The Central section of the Pennine Way starts with some quintessential Yorkshire Dales walking. After passing Malham Cove, Pen-Y-Ghent, Great Shunner Fell, Wensleydale and Swaledale you will climb up onto high moors and pass the highest pub in England before descending to the Tees Valley. Here you track west across the country and the section finishes on a scenic high with the spectacular geological theatre of High Cup Nick.

Arrive at Malham and check into your accommodation.
Day 1 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14 miles
Day 2 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 13½ miles
Day 3 Hawes to Keld 12 miles
Day 4 Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale 20½ miles
Day 5 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton 20½ miles
Depart Dufton

The Northern section of the Pennine Way begins in the Pennine moorland village of Dufton close to Appleby. It traverses Cross Fell to Alston before heading east, following Hadrian's Wall before turning north once more. You will walk through great swathes of forest and the Northumberland National Park before climbing The Cheviot. On this section you reach the Scottish border and the end of the Pennine Way.

Arrive at Alston and check into your accommodation.
Day 1 Dufton to Alston 19 miles
Day 2 Alston to Greehead (Hadrian's Wall) 16 miles
Day 3 Greenhead to Bellingham 21 miles
Day 4 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles
Day 5 Byrness to Kirk Yetholm 25 miles
Depart Kirk Yetholm

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

EDALE: There is a rail station in Edale served by trains from Sheffield and Manchester Piccadilly. Typical journey times from London (St Pancras or Euston) are around three hours with a change at Sheffield or Manchester

MALHAM (Central Section): The easiest way to reach Malham is to take a train to Skipton and then a bus from there to Malham. There are four buses daily between Skipton and Malham taking approximately 40 minutes. From Monday to Saturday the last bus leaves Skipton at 1600 and on Sundays the last bus is at 15.30.

DUFTON (North Section): There are only limited bus services to Dufton itself. There are regular buses (Monday to Saturday) from Penrith Railway Station to Appleby taking approximately 40 minutes and from Appleby it is possible to take a taxi (3 miles) to Dufton. There are no Sunday services. Appleby is also a stop on the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line.

RETURN from KIRK YETHOLM: You will need to take a number 81 bus to Kelso and from there, a number 67 bus to Berwick on Tweed. This journey will take approximately 1 hour 40 minutes. There are regular train services from Berwick. The journey time from Berwick to London is between 3 hour,s 45 minutes (direct) and 4 hours (change at Newcastle) and from Berwick to Manchester (via Newcastle or York) is approximately 3 hours, 30 minutes.

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Pennine Way map
Although the Pennine Way keeps generally to the hills and moors, you also pass through several villages and towns along the way and as much of interest as the ever-changing natural scenery, is the variation in community reflected in architecture, custom and dialect on this great northward journey along the Pennine spine of England. The walking on the Pennine Way is nowhere very difficult, but two hundred and fifty odd miles is a long way and the completion of the whole Pennine Way is a real and enjoyable challenge.