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Overview

Walking Holidays
17 - 22 Nights
257 miles / 414 km
  • Prices from: £1450 per person
  • Start: Edale, Peak District
  • Finish: Kirk Yetholm, Scottish Borders
  • Availability: Any start date from April to October
  • Grading: Challenging to Strenuous
  • Way-marked: Yes

Pennine Way Highlights

The challenge
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Take on the challenge of walking through some of the most rugged and wild countryside in the UK, from the heart of England to the Scottish Borders. 

The oldest trail
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Celebrate the significance of the Pennine Way as the first National Trail in the UK – the result of years of campaigning to open up Britain’s green spaces.

Three national parks
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Walk through three of the UK’s National Parks – the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland.

Warm hospitality
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Enjoy a well-deserved rest at the end of each day in welcoming B&Bs and wonderful pubs, serving hearty meals and a fine selection of local drinks.

Hadrian’s Wall
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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall and visit Vindolanda to learn about the time of the Romans in Britain.

Mighty hills
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Climb the Yorkshire peak Pen-y-ghent, enjoy the views from Cross Fell the highest point on the Pennine Way and experience the seclusion of the Cheviots as you cross into Scotland.

Experience Britain’s Oldest National Trail

The Pennine Way is Britain’s oldest and most legendary National Trail, spanning 257 miles along the rugged backbone of England to the Scottish Borders. The trail follows some of the wildest and most beautiful countryside in England, from Edale in the Peak District, traversing three of the UK’s national parks, all the way to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders.

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The Pennine Way offers a real challenge to walkers and the opportunity to experience some of the best scenery in the UK. The walk allows for a splendid feeling of isolation and wilderness while also taking in many pretty towns and villages across Central and Northern England.

In the Southern section you will journey through the Yorkshire Dales, taking in a myriad of landscapes including ancient peat bogs, peaceful man-made lakes, rolling farmland and limestone hills. You will have the opportunity to explore the quirky bohemian town of Hebden Bridge, as well as the pretty village of Malham with unique Malham Cove nearby.

Continuing on you will experience many of the landscapes that epitomise the Pennine Way from wild moorland to the fabulous views from the hills of the North Pennines. In the North you will head into Hadrian’s Wall Country before crossing the Cheviot Hills into Scotland beyond.

Walking the whole trail gives an immense feeling of satisfaction and a chance to feel a part of the history of walking in Britain. We have also split the walk into three manageable sections for those who would prefer a taste of the Pennine Way or to walk the whole trail over time.

Pennine Way Route Map

Recommended Itinerary

Our most popular itinerary is PENW3 which covers the route in 21 days / 22 nights.

Travel to Edale for your first night’s accommodation
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Arrive in Edale and spend the evening at your first night’s accommodation.

Day 1: Edale to Torside (15 miles / 24 km)
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Start your journey on the Pennine Way by climbing Jacob’s stone stepped ladder and skirting Kinder Scout with its rocky outcrops – a treasure of the Peak District National Park. Later in the day you’ll walk along the Devil’s Dike before descending off the hills into Torside.

Day 2: Torside to Standedge (12 miles / 19 km)
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Begin the day by following the reservoir, before turning into the hills for a closer look at Laddow Rocks – a popular Fell running route. You’ll reach Black Hill – the highest point of the day – and a trio of reservoirs lie ahead. A final climb through windswept fields leads you to Standedge.

Day 3: Standedge to Calder Valley (14.5 miles / 23 km)
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Easier terrain awaits today as you walk over heather-clad moorland, passing a number of reservoirs before descending to your overnight stop – the charming town of Hebden Bridge.

Day 4: Calder Valley to Ponden / Stanbury (11 miles / 17.5 km)
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The trail returns to the hills and hops along green farming fields. End the day by venturing into the magical landscape which inspired the Brontë sisters.

Day 5: Ponden / Stanbury to Gargrave (16 miles / 25.5 km)
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Today you will return to the moors, venturing across hills and small settlements and encountering the Leeds – Liverpool Canal, before arriving in the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.

Day 6: Gargrave to Malham (6.5 miles / 10.5 km)
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With a shorter walking day ahead, you will have more time to explore the surrounding area of Malham and its geological wonders. With rolling fields ahead, you’re now in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, following the River Aire until you reach Malham.

When you arrive into Malham you could walk to the impressive Gordale Scar – a huge gorge created during the last Ice Age, or visit Janet’s Foss – a waterfall nestled in picturesque woodland.

Day 7: Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (14.5 miles / 23 km)
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Your final day will pass the famous Malham Cove, a 230 ft white limestone cliff which is home to a pair of peregrine falcons. The limestone pavements on top shelter wildflowers, forming a unique habitat.

Continue across Malham Tarn Estate and the highest lake in England onto Fountains Fell and one of the famous Three Peaks – Pen-y-ghent. A rewarding descent leads you to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Day 8: Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes (14 miles / 22.5 km)
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Your walk along the Pennine Way will continue along old packhorse routes and Roman roads to the small market town of Hawes. This charming town is home to the Wensleydale Creamery where the famous Yorkshire cheese is produced.

Day 9: Hawes to Keld (12.5 miles / 20 km)
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Today is a classic day on the Pennine Way, consisting of wild moorland, waterfalls, and quaint villages. You will pass Hardraw Force, England’s highest single-drop waterfall, and the quaint village of Thwaite. The trail will then lead you across fields lined with dry stone walls, featuring the Yorkshire Dales’ traditional two-level barns which are dotted all around the countryside.

As you make your way to Keld, you will have the opportunity to visit four different waterfalls which are located along a geological fault-line.

Day 10: Keld to Bowes (12.5 miles / 20 km)
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Leaving Keld behind, the trail passes over the remote Stonesdale Moor and leads you to Britain’s highest pub – the Tan Hill Inn. Sitting at 528 metres (1,732 feet) high, the pub dates back to the 17th century and was once used as a meeting place along an old packhorse route.

As you reach the village of Bowes, you can visit the impressive ruins of Bowes Castle.

Day 11: Bowes to Middleton-in-Teesdale (12.5 miles / 20 km)
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From Bowes, the trail traverses Cotherstone Moor and skirts around Goldsborough Crags towards Blackton Reservoir. You will pass Hannah’s Meadow Nature Reserve, before continuing through Mickleton Moor and over Harter Fell. Your day will end in the pretty market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Day 12: Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck (10.5 miles / 17 km)
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Easier terrain awaits today, as you will be following the River Tees from Middleton-in-Teesdale. En-route, you will find Low Force Waterfall, a beautiful set of 18-foot high waterfalls.

As you continue onward, you will come across High Force Waterfall, which is one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls at 70-feet high.

Day 13: Langdon Beck to Dufton (13.5 miles / 22 km)
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This section must be one of the most scenic stretches of the trail. Starting along the River Tees, you will come to Cauldron Snout, a cascade of water located below Cow Green Reservoir.

The highlight of the day and one of the best views on the entire Pennine Way is High Cup Nick – an extraordinary U-shaped valley that certainly makes for a unique view!

Day 14: Dufton to Garrigill (16 miles / 25.5 km)
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Today you will reach the highest point on the entire Pennine Way as you cross over Cross Fell, which is also the highest mountain in the North Pennines at 893-metres (2,929 feet) high.

While this is said to be the hardest day on the Pennine Way, you will be rewarded with extensive views over the North Pennines. You will also pass by England’s highest bothy, Greg’s Hut.

Day 15: Garrigill to Slaggyford (9 miles / 14.5 km)
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Today is a welcome day of easy walking which begins alongside the South Tyne River, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and farmland. The trail then passes the grassy ramparts of Whitley Castle at Epiacum Roman Fort – the highest stone-built Roman fort in Britain at 330-metres (1,082 feet) above sea level.

Day 16: Slaggyford to Greenhead (11 miles / 17.5 km)
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Your walk today will take you out of the Pennines and into Hadrian’s Wall Country, as you cross the wild, marshy moorland at Blenkinsopp Common.

You will have the opportunity to visit Thirlwall Castle and the Roman Army Museum, before making your way to your final overnight stop Greenhead.

Day 17: Greenhead to Once Brewed (6.5 miles / 10.5 km)
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Your walk today follows some of the best-preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall to the village of Once Brewed. As it is a rather short walk you will have the opportunity to explore some of the Roman sites in the area.

We would particularly recommend visiting nearby Vindolanda and its excellent museum of Roman artefacts.

Day 18: Once Brewed to Bellingham (15 miles / 24 km)
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Today you will start along the Hadrian’s Wall Path, passing by the iconic Sycamore Gap, a spot made famous in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. You will then venture North and spend the rest of the day in a mixture of picturesque farm and moorland, before arriving in Bellingham on the banks of the River Tyne.

Day 19: Bellingham to Byrness (15 miles / 24 km)
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The walk today is split into two clear sections, firstly rising gradually up out of Bellingham and walking across farmland and heather moorland, before entering the expanse of Kielder Forest Park to take you down to the tiny hamlet of Byrness.

Day 20: Byrness to Windy Gyle (14 miles / 22.5 km)
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The scenery changes entirely again today as you head on a steep climb straight out of Byrness and into the Cheviot Hills. You are instantly on a high as you cross wild and romantic hilltop moorland in one of the most remote sections of the Pennine Way.

You will cross and recross the England/Scotland border fence, ending the day by climbing the famous Windy Gyle.

Day 21: Windy Gyle to Kirk Yetholm (13 miles / 21 km)
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Today you will pick up where you left yesterday at Windy Gyle and continue your journey through the Cheviot hills taking in some of the best views of the North Pennine Way from the mountain refuge hut at the Schil. You will have the option to detour up the Cheviot itself and finish the day arriving into the picture-perfect village square in the border village of Kirk Yetholm.

Onward travel
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After breakfast, you will start your journey home after a wonderful walking holiday on the Pennine Way.

What's Included?

Your Pennine Way walking holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected accommodation along the route and trail transfers when applicable
  • En-suite or private bathroom facilities whenever possible
  • Daily door-to-door baggage transfers
  • Comprehensive information pack, kit list, guidebook and map (one set per room)
  • Personalised itinerary with details of your accommodation, route and recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Traditional English breakfast each morning
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your walking holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and from the start and end of the walk
  • Lunches and evening meals

Itineraries & Prices

We offer 3 suggested itineraries for walking the Pennine Way.

Our most popular itinerary is PENW3 which covers the route in 21 days.

Tour code
Itinerary
Average miles infoAverage miles per day
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty
Price per person
PENW1
16 Days / 17 Nights
16 miles per day
Strenuous
From £1450
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 16 miles per day
Tour code: PENW1
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Strenuous

16 Days / 17 Nights (PENW1)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £40 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £10 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Edale for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Edale to Torside 15 miles / 24 km
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Day 2 Torside to Standedge 12 miles / 19 km
3
Day 3 Standedge to Calder Valley (overnight Hebden Bridge) 14.5 miles / 23 km
4
Day 4 Calder Valley to Ickornshaw / Cowling 16 miles / 25.5 km
5
Day 5 Ickornshaw / Cowling to Malham 17.5 miles / 28 km
6
Day 6 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14.5 miles / 23 km
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Day 7 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 14 miles / 22.5 km
8
Day 8 Hawes to Tan Hill 16.5 miles / 26 km
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Day 9 Tan Hill to Middleton-in-Teesdale 17 miles / 27 km
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Day 10 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton 21 miles / 34 km
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Day 11 Dufton to Garrigill 16 miles / 25.5 km
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Day 12 Garrigill to Greenhead 20 miles / 32 km
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Day 13 Greenhead to Bellingham 21.5 miles / 34.5 km
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Day 14 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles / 24 km
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Day 15 Byrness to Windy (overnight Byrness) 14 miles / 22.5 km
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Day 16 Windy Gyle to Kirk Yetholm 13 miles / 21 km
Depart Onward travel from Kirk Yetholm

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£1450 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

PENW2
18 Days / 19 Nights
14 miles per day
Strenuous
From £1610
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 14 miles per day
Tour code: PENW2
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Strenuous

18 Days / 19 Nights (PENW2)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £40 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £10 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Edale for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Edale to Torside 15 miles / 24 km
2
Day 2 Torside to Standedge 12 miles / 19 km
3
Day 3 Standedge to Calder Valley (overnight Hebden Bridge) 14.5 miles / 23 km
4
Day 4 Calder Valley to Ickornshaw / Cowling 16 miles / 25.5 km
5
Day 5 Ickornshaw / Cowling to Malham 17.5 miles / 28 km
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Day 6 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14.5 miles / 23 km
7
Day 7 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 14 miles / 22.5 km
8
Day 8 Hawes to Keld 12.5 miles / 20 km
9
Day 9 Keld to Bowes 12.5 miles / 20 km
10
Day 10 Bowes to Langdon Beck 21.5 miles / 34 km
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Day 11 Langdon Beck to Dufton 13.5 miles / 22 km
12
Day 12 Dufton to Garrigill 16 miles / 25.5 km
13
Day 13 Garrigill to Greenhead 20 miles / 32 km
14
Day 14 Greenhead to Once Brewed 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
15
Day 15 Once Brewed to Bellingham 15 miles / 24 km
16
Day 16 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles / 24 km
17
Day 17 Byrness to Windy Gyle (overnight Byrness) 14 miles / 22.5 km
18
Day 18 Windy Gyle to Kirk Yetholm 13 miles / 21 km
Depart Onward travel from Kirk Yetholm

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£1610 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

PENW3
21 Days / 22 Nights
12 miles per day
Challenging
From £1820
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 12 miles per day
Tour code: PENW3
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Challenging

21 Days / 22 Nights (PENW3)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £40 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £10 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Edale for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Edale to Torside 15 miles / 24 km
2
Day 2 Torside to Standedge 12 miles / 19 km
3
Day 3 Standedge to Calder Valley (overnight Hebden Bridge) 14.5 miles / 23 km
4
Day 4 Calder Valley to Ponden / Stanbury 11 miles / 17.5 km
5
Day 5 Ponden / Stanbury to Gargrave 16 miles / 25.5 km
6
Day 6 Gargrave to Malham 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
7
Day 7 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14.5 miles / 23 km
8
Day 8 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 14 miles / 22.5 km
9
Day 9 Hawes to Keld 12.5 miles / 20 km
10
Day 10 Keld to Bowes 12.5 miles / 20 km
11
Day 11 Bowes to Middleton-in-Teesdale 12.5 miles / 20 km
12
Day 12 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck 10.5 miles / 17 km
13
Day 13 Langdon Beck to Dufton 13.5 miles / 22 km
14
Day 14 Dufton to Garrigill 16 miles / 25.5 km
15
Day 15 Garrigill to Slaggyford (overnight Alston) 9 miles / 14.5 km
16
Day 16 Slaggyford to Greenhead 20 miles / 32 km
17
Day 17 Greenhead to Once Brewed 11 miles / 17.5 km
18
Day 18 Once Brewed to Bellingham 15 miles / 24 km
19
Day 19 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles / 24 km
20
Day 20 Byrness to Windy Gyle (overnight Byrness) 14 miles / 22.5 km
21
Day 21 Windy Gyle to Kirk Yetholm 13 miles / 21 km
Depart Onward travel from Kirk Yetholm

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£1800 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

Pennine Way Accommodation

All of the accommodation that we reserve for you has been personally selected by our expert team to ensure it meets our exacting standards. We regularly review our extensive database.

We prioritise accommodation as close to the walking trail as possible. Occasionally, your accommodation may be located a short distance from the trail, or you may need to spend more than one night in the same place, in which case we will provide return transfers.

Travel Information

As an environmentally conscious tour operator, we actively encourage the use of public transport by providing clients with a detailed breakdown of travel options in their information packs. The following information may help with your pre-trip planning.

Getting to Edale
By Air

Nearest international airport: Manchester Airport

From Manchester Airport there is a regular train service to Edale via Manchester city centre (journey time: 45 min).

By Public Transport

Nearest railway station: Edale

A frequent train service operates from Manchester to Edale (journey time 45 min).

There are regular trains to Manchester from throughout the UK. The journey from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes approximately 2 hours. The journey from central Scotland to Manchester Piccadilly Station takes between 3 hours 30 min to 4 hours.

By Car

Long term car parking in Edale is limited, so we recommend that you travel by public transport. However, if you do plan to travel by car, we can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.

Departing from Kirk Yetholm
By Air

Nearest international airports: Edinburgh Airport and Newcastle Airport.

Kirk Yetholm is located a short distance from Berwick-Upon-Tweed from where you can take a train south to Newcastle or north to Edinburgh (both journey times: 40 min).

You can take a taxi from Kirk Yetholm to Berwick-upon-Tweed, or there are regular buses from nearby Kelso to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

All airports run regular shuttle bus services to the city centres.

 

By Public Transport

Nearest railway station: Berwick-Upon-Tweed

From Kirk Yetholm you can take a bus to Berwick Upon Tweed via Kelso (journey time 50 min). From here there are regular train services south to Newcastle or north to Edinburgh (both journey times: 40 min).

By Car

Long term car parking in Kirk Yetholm is limited, so we recommend that you travel by public transport. However, if you do plan to travel by car, we can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.

Additional Days

We would be delighted to arrange additional accommodation for you along the Pennine Way.

You may wish to plan a rest day or have an additional night at any of the locations along the route which offer activities or sightseeing opportunities – we’ve made some suggestions below. Please request this when you make an enquiry.

Hebden Bridge
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  • Voted the 4th ‘Funkiest Town in the World’ – this quaint former mill town has reinvented itself in remarkable fashion
  • Take a walk along the canal and relax in one of the many cafes and bars
  • A short stroll away is Hardcastle Crags – home to 400 acres of woodland crisscrossed with footpaths. An interactive visitor centre tells the story of the valley
  • Relax on the canal with Hebden Bridge Cruises
Haworth
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  • Wander the cobbled streets of this historic village and relax in one of its many charming cafes
  • Visit the home of the world-famous literary family, the Brontë sisters. The wonderfully preserved Brontë Parsonage Museum has been welcoming visitors for over 75 years
  • Hop on board a period train and travel on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to Keighley, where you can visit Cliffe Castle – a Victorian millionaire’s home – or the 17th century East Riddlesden Hall
Malham
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  • An extra day in the picturesque village of Malham would allow you to spend more time exploring Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, and Janet’s Foss
  • Explore Malham Tarn – the highest lake in England with lots of circular walking routes in the area
Horton-in-Ribblesdale
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  • Stay for an extra day of walking and tackle the two other major peaks in Yorkshire
  • Travel through the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells on the Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Take a guided tour into the longest show cave in Britain at White Scar Cave
Hawes
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  • Wander around England’s highest market town, which sits 850 feet above sea level
  • Visit Wensleydale Creamery and taste the famous Yorkshire cheese
  • Discover the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales at the Dales Countryside Museum
Alston
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  • Hop on the award-winning South Tynedale Railway, a narrow-gauge railway that winds into the South Tyne Valley
  • Enjoy Alston’s local shops and cafes
  • Visit the Hub Heritage & Transport Museum, located in the former railway goods shed
Once Brewed
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  • Explore the Roman sites around Hadrian’s Wall including Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda, where archaeologists are still making discoveries today
  • Visit The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre and learn about the unique landscape, heritage and culture of the county of Northumberland

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Pennine Way

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