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Majestic landscapes around Malham and the Yorkshire Dales
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Highlights

  • Walk the Pennine Way, designated as the UK's very first National Trail.
  • Three national parks, The Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales & Northumberland.
  • Traversing the wild and windswept moors of Brontë country.
  • Wonderful and warm “northern” welcome from your accommodations.
  • Following trails through the majestic Swaledale and Wensleydale valleys.

In 1965 the Pennine Way was designated as Britain’s first National Trail and on this itinerary you will walk it in it’s entirety, from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. Today it is one of the UK’s most famous long-distance footpaths.

This magnificent walk takes you through three national parks; the wild and rugged Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales with its windswept moorlands and green farmland, and Northumberland, a mix of high hills, dales and crystal clear rivers.

The wonderful sights of the heavenly Swaledale Valley and waterfalls, such as High Force, greet you as you follow trails to the fascinating and historical sights of old Roman mile castles and forts in Hadrian's Wall country. Cross the rugged Cheviot Hills further north, all the way.

The Pennine Way is made up of sections and since each itinerary is different with varying daily walks we give you a summary of each section, rather than a day by day description. We may not mention all the places where you overnight as it depends upon your particular itinerary.


Starting Point: Edale

The pretty Peak District village of Edale makes an excellent starting point to your walk and is easily reached by public transport.


Edale to Standedge - 27 miles

After exploring the village of Edale and preparing yourself for the challenge ahead, the first couple of days of walking are a pretty challenging start.


As well as tackling the peaty wilderness of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow Head, you will also do a fair bit of climbing, ascending the second  biggest ascent of the way at 900m. However the views are well-worth the effort.


Standedge to Calder Valley - 15 miles

The next few days of walking are much flatter and therefore easier!  Walking through open heather moorlands, passing several reservoirs and cutting through the busy Calder Valley. You will overnight in the lovely town of Hebden Bridge at the end of this section.


Calder Valley to Malham - 22 miles

On this next section you will enter the rolling Yorkshire Dales. The walking is easy, through green fields, limestone dales and along riversides.


En route you will go through the small town of Gargrave which is known as the Gateway to the Dales and makes a nice stop for lunch. You will also go through Ponden, which is in Brontë country and you can also overnight in Haworth, where the sister’s lived if you wish.


Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale - 15 miles

A fantastic day’s walking takes you into Three Peaks Country to Malham Cove, and Fountains Fell.


Take an end of day climb up Pen-y-Ghent. All these days provide a challenge but you are rewarded with fantastic views of the surrounding dales.


Horton-in-Ribbledale to Keld—27 miles

Keep heading north through the Yorkshire Dales and then follow Cam High Road above the moors,  before the warm Yorkshire town of Hawes welcomes you.


From Hawes to Keld the following day you must first overcome the longest continual ascent on the Way, Great Shunner Fell, before arriving in the picture-postcard scenery of Swaledale and the small town of Keld, where the Coast to Coast meets the Pennine Way


Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale — 20 miles

After departing from Keld, pass through Stonesdale Moor and onwards to Tan Hill, where you will find the infamous Tan Hill Inn (England’s highest pub),  a great place to stop for lunch if you can time it right. Then head off across Sleightholme Moor before reaching the small town of Bowes and its castle, a Norman keep dating from 1087. Then walk to Baldersdale. Before arriving in the delightful town of Middleton-in-Teesdale on the banks of the River Tees.


The next section to Dufton includes some of the highlights of the Pennine Way including the breath-taking High Force waterfall and the dramatic scenery of High Cup Nick.


Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton—20 miles

The next section to Dufton includes some of the highlights of the Pennine Way including the breath-taking High Force waterfall and the dramatic scenery of High Cup Nick. On some itineraries your walking days ends in Forest in-in-Teesdale, but if this is not the case you will continue on to Dufton you will also pass the huge waterfall of Cauldron Snout.


Arrive in Dufton, a peaceful and attractive village.


Dufton to Slaggyford - 24 miles

This next section begins with the challenge of reaching the highest point of the Pennine Way at Cross Fell, and in total achieving over 1100m of ascent between Dufton and Alston.


Pass through the pretty village of Garrigill and Slaggyford provides nice overnight stops and help to break up this long section before arriving in Hadrian’s Wall country.


Slaggyford to Once Brewed—18 miles

Get ready for one of the most interesting parts of the Pennine Way on this section from Slaggyford to Once Brewed where from Greenhead the Pennine Way meets Hadrian’s Wall. You will discover Roman forts and milecastles galore.


One Brewed is known as the “Military Road” and it is here that you will find the Northumberland National Park Visitor Centre.


One Brewed to Byrness - 30 miles

The next day from Once Brewed to Bellingham offers some tranquil forest walking and quiet paths through rolling farmland.


Then enjoy an easy section through heather-clad moors and alongside Redesdale Forest before reaching the foot of the Cheviots and Byrness.


Byrness to Kirk Yetholm - 27 miles

The Pennine Way throws it’s final challenge at you in this gruelling section over the Cheviot Hills to your final destination of Kirk Yetholm located at the Scottish border.


You made it! Congratulations are in order as you clap yourself on the back for completing this mighty challenge, the Pennine Way!


Departing Point: Kirk Yetholm

Berwick-upon-Tweed is the closest train station to Kirk Yetholm  (approx 2 hrs by bus) and is on the east coast mainline offering direct routes to London and Newcastle.


Accommodation

You will experience a variety of accommodations, from small B&B's and guesthouses, to country inn's and hotels. They all offer warm welcomes and traditional hospitality. We may also use the occasional nice youth hostel in Edale, Dufton, and Langdon Beck, however the rooms we book for you will always be private.


On the Pennine Way accommodation choices are limited along the trail, so if we cannot secure a reservation for you in towns and villages that are actually on the trail, we will book you into accommodations close by and then provide transfers. On the Pennine Way Complete, in busy times, this may mean up to 6 or 7 transfers on the longer itineraries and up to 2 or 3 on the shorter ones.  Your destination specialist will talk you through options should this be the case.


Additional Nights

If you wish to add additional nights along the trail or at the beginning and end of your itinerary please contact us. You may choose to add some rest days, or extra days where there is plenty of sightseeing. Hebden Bridge and Once Brewed are particularly interesting places for overnight stops and we can even accommodate you in Haworth (instead of Ponden) should you wish to explore Brontë country.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We welcome solo walkers on the Pennine Way, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo and you must have the ability to read a map and compass.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.


We regularly use the following properties, however as suggested above we may accommodate you elsewhere if these are unavailable.



 

 

 




Stonecroft Farmhouse - Edale

A warm welcome awaits you at this family run guest house. Your host is at Stonecroft is an award winning chef and breakfast is quite an event! All bedrooms have beautiful views and either private or en-suite facilities.


 

 

 


 

 

 




The Carraige house - Standedge

This lovely B&B will give you a warm welcome. They provide comfortable rooms and there is also a restaurant and bar where you can sample the local ale


 

 

 


 

 

 



The White Lion Hotel - Hebden Bridge



The White Lion Hotel - Hebden Bridge

The White Lion hotel is a traditional coaching Inn set on the the riverside in central Hebden Bridge. They have 10 spacious rooms which have all been recently refurbished.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Beck hall - Malham

Beck Hall was built in 1710 and has been providing B&B accommodation since the 1930's. They have a spacious guest lounge with a log fire and individually decorated rooms.


 

 

 


 

 

 




The Golden Lion Hotel - Horton-in-Ribblesdale

The Golden Lion was a coaching inn during the sixteenth century and now provides very comfortable ensuite rooms


 

 

 


 

 

 



Langdon Beck YHA - Langdon Beck



Langdon Beck YHA - Langdon Beck

YHA Langdon Beck is a small, rural hostel located in the heart of Upper Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hostel was purpose built in 1965 and provides very comnfortable accommodation. We will only book private rooms here.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Brow Farm B&B - Dufton

Brow Farm offers bed and breakfast in a grade II listed barn conversion. The barn, which dates from 1769, has been sympathetically converted and updated to provide comfortable, high quality guest accommodation with every room having glorious views of the Pennines. .


 

 

 


 

 

 



Holmhead Guesthouse - Greenhead



Holmhead Guesthouse - Greenhead

Holmhead offers comfortable accommodation in a great location right on the Pennine Way. Holmhead has four cosy en-suite bedrooms and the rooms lovely countryside views.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Forest View Walkers Inn - Byrness

You will be given a warm welcome at Forrest View. Meals are served in Foresters Restaurant and Bar, where a range of locally brewed hand pulled craft ales are available. Guests can use the drying room to dry walking gear and boots and relax in the new sun lounge.


 

 

 


 

 

 



The FarmHouse - Kirk Yetholm



The Farmhouse - Kirk Yetholm

This Farmhouse B&B has recently been refurbished and renovated to a high standard. Many old features remain such as working shutters and a Georgian staircase. Massages for sore muscles are also offered but need to be booked in advance.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your Pennine Way Complete walk anytime between April and September and on any date, depending on availability. In Edale (at the beginning of your itinerary) there is limited accommodation and also they also do not allow one night stays over the weekend. Therefore it is better to avoid starting this tour on a Friday or Saturday. However if that cannot be helped, then we may use an accommodation just outside Edale and arrange a short transfer into town to begin your walk on Day 2.


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded depending on which itinerary you choose. The longer itineraries are moderate to strenuous and the shorter ones are strenuous. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and an excellent level of physical fitness.


The route is a mixture of paths through open moorlands and on fields and tracks. Trails may have rocky sections and some of the paths are indistinct and can become very muddy and boggy in wet weather, when progress can often be slow.


Navigation

The route is way marked but in some places the signs become less obvious and the trail is not always easy to find. At least  one of your party should be able to navigate with map and compass. We provide a Pennine Way guidebook and Harvey maps to assist you.


Walking Direction

Due to baggage transfer restrictions we can only offer this walk from South to North (Edale to Kirk Yetholm).


Baggage Transfers

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 17kg per person.   Please ensure that you do not bring more than one bag of 17kg, as if this occurs, the luggage transfer company will ask you to pay an additional fee (approx. £8.00 per day) for an additional bag up to 3kg and possibly more if your baggage is over 20kg. The drivers cannot transfer your luggage safely if bags weigh more than the 17kg limit. This additional payment, should it be necessary, needs to be made locally to the driver.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Edale

The closest airport to the start of the walk is Manchester. You can take a train from Manchester Airport (via Manchester Piccadilly) to Edale and the journey takes approx. 1.5H. You can also fly into any of the London Airports. Making your way to Euston Station you can then take a train to Manchester Piccadilly with a connection to Edale. The journey takes approx. 3.5H. Please find more information concerning schedules on the Traveline or Trainline websites.


There is very limited parking in Edale and it is also very difficult to get back to Edale from Kirk Yetholm,  so we recommend leaving your car at home and taking public transport to the start of your walk.


Getting from Kirk Yetholm

The best way to connect to major gateways from Kirk Yetholm is to take a local bus to Berwick-upon-Tweed which takes approx. 2H. You can find bus information and schedules on the Traveline website. Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the main East Coast rail line and is well connected to most major cities in the UK. Should you want to return to Manchester Airport, you can take a train from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Leeds and from Leeds to Manchester Airport.


Should you wish to return to London there is a direct train which takes approx. 4H. It is also possible to fly out of Newcastle Airport. A direct train from Berwick-upon-Tweed brings you to Newcastle centre and from here you can change to Newcastle Airport. The journey time is approx. 1.5H.

Included

  • Overnights in B&B’s, guesthouses & country inns
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed Information Pack, guidebook and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel to Edale & from Kirk Yetholm
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Snacks & drinks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Solo Walker Supplement

How far in advance do I need to book?

As far in advance as possible! We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as it is an extremely popular walk and the accommodation gets booked up quickly. If booking at short notice we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need very good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

When is the best time of year?

The Pennine Way is very enjoyable at any time between the end of March and end of September although our personal favourite time of year is the spring and Autumn.

How fit do I need to be?

This holiday is graded depending on which itinerary you choose. The longer itineraries are moderate to strenuous and the shorter ones are strenuous. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and an excellent level of physical fitness.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use local bus services or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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macs adventurePennine Way Complete
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Well organised (33)
  • Great accommodations (27)
  • Fun (20)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (17)

Cons

  • Exhausting (5)

Best Uses

  • Holiday (28)
  • Relaxation (12)
  • Trying something new (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Occasional traveller (15), World traveller (10), Avid adventurer (6)

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5.0

Another Great Trekking Holiday with Macs

By Bob & Heather

from Wrexham, North Wales

About Me World Traveller

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Pros

  • Challenging (In a Positive Way)
  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

  • No Cons - this is our ideal type of holiday

Best Uses

  • Holiday

Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

We completed the Pennine Way (South) over 7 days.
This was the most challenging of the 10 treks that I've completed with my wife in the UK, in terms of terrain. We knew that this was going to be the case and thoroughly enjoyed it, my wife rising to the challenge.
As always having a trek supported by Macs meant that we had great accommodation and reliable luggage transfers.

 
5.0

Excellent

By Morten

from Denmark

About Me Occasional Traveller

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

  • Exhausting

Best Uses

  • Relaxation

Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

I would love to do The Pennine Way again, muddy, boggy tracks, great accomodations and wonderful people along the way.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Northern Pennine Way

By Rach the rambler

from York

About Me Occasional Traveller

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Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Thrill Seeking

    Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

    Amazing 5 days walking, challenging at times but well worth the climbs and descends as the scenery was beyond expectations, huge blue skies and rolling hills covered in beautiful purple heather.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    We loved the hike - challenging but fun!

    By Jackie

    from Australia

    About Me Avid Adventurer, Professional Guide, World Traveller

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday

      Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

      Communication with Macs Adventure was easy, very responsive office, helpful and communicative. The hiking was great - very boggy so gaiters were essential. Stunning views and so few people. We expected to see lots more hikers on the trails but it felt very exclusive - a hidden gem. Accommodation was the best available. We felt that sometimes the description raised our expectations too much (eg. second stop was comfortable, owners very welcoming and friendly but 4 course breakfast was a slight exaggeration. The room was TINY! I realise that is typical but perhaps a less effusive description would help - anyway, after 24 miles all we needed was a shower, the pub and a bed). Forest View was great - good bar, fun to meet other walkers, food delicious - great porridge too. Final stop in Kirk Yetholm (Mill House) was fabulous (although the hot tub mentioned hasn't existed for 3 years - luckily we had a bath to soak in instead so wasn't a problem). Best breakfast - freshly laid eggs. Really appreciated all the info provided by Macs, the map and book.

       
      5.0

      I would complete this walk again in a heart beat.

      By Mandy

      from Isle of Wight

      About Me Occasional Traveller

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      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Great people
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Life changing
      • Relaxation
      • Thrill Seeking
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

      The entire adventure was extremely organised and all but one B&B was perfect. It met every need and want and exceeded every expectation .

       
      4.0

      A great walk despite the wind!

      By OLd Bob

      from Worcestershire

      About Me 70 year old long distance walker.( one each year

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      Pros

      • Mostly good digs and some great.
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday

        Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

        Pick a distance and pace that you feel comfortable with and Macs take care of the rest.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pennine Way

        By Jen and Glen

        from Bedfordshire

        About Me We're both 'A bit of a walker'

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        Pros

        • Once in a Lifetime Experience

        Cons

        • exhillerating and exhausting

        Best Uses

        • To see if we could last the distance

        Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

        This walk was hard every day but so rewarding. The bogs are a bit tedious but every other part is good.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very smooth

        By Simon

        from Hertfordshire

        About Me Enthusiastic walker, Occasional Traveller

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        Pros

        • Friendly accommodation
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mentally relaxing
          • Sense of acheivement

          Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

          The holiday went very smoothly, Macs took care of most of the arrangements leaving us to enjoy the walking

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful trail and very nice B&B's

          By Inge

          from Utrecht

          About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

            The Pennine way, specially the northern part, is beautifull. We really enjoyed it very much!!! And the accomodations were very good. Specialy the Forest View! We really liked it there and the hospitality was perfect!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I would recommend this hike

            By Joey

            from West Australia

            About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

            Pros

            • All That Macs Said That T
            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • They Would They Did
            • Well Organised

            Cons

            • No Cons All Up Front

            Best Uses

            • See England At Its Best

            Comments about macs adventure Pennine Way Complete:

            Macs adventure lived up to all my expectations as all staff listen to me and my wants and showed me the patience and made my hiking, accommodation, and baggage movement as promised and I thank them for that. THANK YOU ALL.

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