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Walk the Pennine Way, designated as Britain’s first National Park. The southern section takes you through dramatic areas of great natural beauty such as the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales.
The wild and rugged Peak District National Park with its wild and windswept moorlands and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with its green rolling farmland, dominate and as you walk you will be in awe of these incredible vistas.
Begin in the heart of England where limestone crags tower above you and where stone farmhouses dot the landscape. Further north reach the incredible amphitheatre of Malham Cove and then enter the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Each night enjoy dining in pubs and sampling the local brews!
The Pennine Way South 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.
The pretty Peak District village of Edale makes an excellent starting point to your walk and is easily reached by public transport.
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.
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.
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.
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 is on trainline and therefore easy to get from for your onward journeys.
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, if no other accommodation is available, however the rooms we book for you will always be private. If you prefer not to stay in a youth hostel then we can make arrangements for you to stay elsewhere, but a transfer will probably be involved.
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 South, in busy times, this may mean up to 2 transfers. Your destination specialist will talk you through options should this be the case.
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 is a particularly interesting place for an overnight stop and we can even accommodate you in Haworth (instead of Ponden) should you wish to explore Brontë country.
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.
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.
Dating from 1798, Ollerbrook Barn has been lovingly converted into a comfortable family run guesthouse. It is situated in the farming hamlet of Ollerbrook Booth, one of the ancient booths (settlements) forming part of the parish of Edale.
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 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 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 was a coaching inn during the sixteenth century and now provides very comfortable ensuite rooms
You can start your Pennine Way South 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.
This holiday is graded moderate to 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.
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.
Due to baggage transfer restrictions we can only offer this walk from South to North (Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The closest airport to Horton-in-Ribblesdale is Leeds-Bradford. Catch a train from Horton to Leeds Centre and from here take a local bus or taxi to the airport (an approx 2H journey). You can also take a train to Manchester Airport and to any of the London Airports, although this will be via other stations, such as Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly. As Horton-in-Ribblesdale is on a train line it is possible to get anyway in the UK, however you need to check the timetables and schedules for the most efficient journey. Two good informational websites which will help you achieve this are the Traveline and the Trainline.
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.
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.
Yes, some navigation skills are necessary as the route is not way-marked. You follow route notes and a map that are provided.
You will need very good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
The Pennine Way is very enjoyable at any time between the end of March and end of September although our favourite time of year is the spring and Autumn.
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.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use local bus services or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.