Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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The stunnning stone amphitheatre of Malham Cove
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Highlights

  • Walk the Pennine Way Central, starting in the Yorkshire Dales, to Hadrian’s Wall.
  • The majestic views of Pen-y-Ghent and Fountain Fells in Three Peaks country.
  • Mesmerising and historical sights of old Roman mile castles and forts.
  • Wonderful and warm “northern” welcome from your accommodations.
  • Following trails through the majestic Swaledale and Wensleydale valleys.

Walking the central section of the Pennine Way takes you through the backbone of England, to the Yorkshire Dales all the way to Hadrian’s Wall.

The wonderful sights of heavenly valleys 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.

This itinerary includes some of the highlights of the Pennine Way including the dramatic scenery of High Cup Nick. Add the challenge of reaching the highest point of the Pennine Way at Cross Fell and you will recall the memories of this holiday for years to come.

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: Horton-in Ribblesdale

Horton-in-Ribblesdale is a great starting point for the central section as it is on a main train line and easy to reach.  


Horton-in-Ribbledale to Keld—26 miles, 42 km

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 — 20.5 miles, 33 km

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—20.5 miles, 33 km

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 Garrigill  - 15.5 miles, 25 km

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.


Reach the pretty village of Garrigill which breaks up the section before continuing onto Hadrian’s Wall country.


Garrigill to Greenhead—20 miles, 33 km

Get ready for one of the most interesting parts of the Pennine Way on this section from to Greenhead where the Pennine Way meets Hadrian’s Wall. Here you discover Roman forts and milecastles galore.You will pass through Once Brewed which is on the famed “military road” and where you can visit the Northumberland National Park Visitor Centre if you wish.


Departing point: Greenhead

From Greenhead you can make your way to Haltwhistle and from here take trains to major gateways for your onward journey.


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 a nice youth hostel in Dufton or Langdon Beck, 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 Central, in busy times, this may mean up to 3  transfers on the longer itinerary and up to 2 on the shorter one.  Your destination specialist will talk you through options should this be the case.


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


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. 


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. Due to their being no options for dinner in Garrigill an included return taxi transfer will be arranged to take you to Alston for your evening meal.


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



 

 

 




The Golden Lion Hotel - Horton-in-Ribblesdale

The Golden Lion was a coaching inn during the sixteenth century and now provides rooms that en-suite with tea making facilities and colour televisions.


 

 

 


 

 

 



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.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your Pennine Way Central walk anytime between April and September and on any date, depending on availability.


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded between strenuous to challenging and challenging depending on which itinerary you choose. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and a good to 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 (Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Greenhead).


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 Horton–in-Ribblesdale

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


Getting from Greenhead

The best way to connect to major gateways from Greenhead is to take either a local bus or taxi to Haltwhistle (5 miles away), where there is a train station. From Haltwhistle you can take trains to Newcastle (approx. 2H journey) and then change trains to they to Newcastle Airport, which is the closest one to Greenhead. You can also take trains from Haltwhistle to Carlisle and then onto  Manchester Airport or Glasgow Airport. You can find bus information and schedules on the Traveline or Trainline website.


Included

  • Overnights in B&B’s, guesthouses & country inns
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Return taxi transfer to Alston for dining options if you are staying in Garrigill.
  • Detailed Information Pack, guidebook and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel to Horton-in-Ribbledale
  • Travel from Greenhead
  • 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.

Will my accommodation be on the route?

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.

Do I need to be able to navigate?

Yes, some navigation skills are necessary as the route is not way-marked. You follow route notes and a map that are provided.

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 favourite time of year is the spring and Autumn.

How fit do I need to be?

This holiday is graded between strenuous  to challenging and challenging depending on which itinerary you choose. These itineraries are most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience and a good to 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.

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