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Pennine Way Complete (15 Days & 14 Nights)

15 Days & 14 Nights 4.5 Read 51 reviews
  • 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.

What To Expect

Looking for a challenge and a rewarding walk that will take you through a variety of stunning English landscapes? Then the Pennine Way is the long-distance footpath for you. On this trail the strains and stresses of everyday life will slip away as you walk the wild and wonderful terrain of three national parks.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded strenuous, and is 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 waymarked 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.

Accommodation Information

You will experience a variety of accommodations, from small B&B's and guesthouses to country inns 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.

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.

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
  • Return taxi transfer to Alston for dining options if you are staying in Garrigill.
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.

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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.

Baggage Transfer

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.

General Information

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

Equipment

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 daypack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Edale and overnight Day 2 Edale to Torside/Transfer to Glossop 15.3 miles / 24.5 km Day 3 Torside to Hebden Bridge 27.5 miles / 44.3 km Day 4 Hebden Bridge to Ponden 10.4 miles / 16.6 km Day 5 Ponden to Malham 23.5 miles / 37.6 km Day 6 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 15 miles / 24 km Day 7 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Thwaite 24 miles / 38 km Day 8 Thwaite to Middleton-in-Teesdale 23.5 miles / 37.8 km Day 9 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton/Transfer to Appleby 20.75 miles / 33.2 km Day 10 Dufton to Alston 19.7 miles / 31.5 km Day 11 Alston to Greenhead 16.9 miles / 27 km Day 12 Greenhead to Bellingham 22.4 miles / 35.8 km Day 13 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 14 Byrness to Kirk Yetholm 25.5 miles / 40.8 km Day 15 Onward travel

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