Pennine Way Central (9 Days & 8 Nights)9 Days & 8 Nights 4.6 Read 57 reviews
- 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.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- National Parks & Trails
Grade & Terrain
This holiday is graded moderate to strenuous and is 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.
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.
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.
- Overnights in B&B’s, guesthouses & country inns
- 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.
- Travel from Greenhead
- Lunches & Dinners
- Snacks & drinks
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Travel to Horton-in-Ribbledale
- Additional nights before, during or after the walk.
When To Go
You can start your Pennine Way Central walk anytime between April and September and on any date, depending on availability.
Getting to the Start
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 the End
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.
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.
Due to baggage transfer restrictions, we can only offer this walk from South to North (Edale to Kirk Yetholm).
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.
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.
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 personal 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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and overnight
Horton-in-Ribblesdale is a great starting point for the central section as it is on a main train line and easy to reach.
You are assured a very warm welcome at the Broad Croft House. This beautiful barn conversion is ideally situated for walker and all rooms have en-suite shower rooms and lovely views. The proprietors use quality cotton bed linen and towels and provide luxury toiletries and tea/coffee making facilities in your room to make your stay more comfortable. There is also a drying room on site. The Broad Croft House is within close walking distance of the 2 local pubs, café and train station within the village, and has its own private car park for guests.
Edd and Jan will provide you with the warmest of welcomes at their 19th Century Farmhouse B&B. The property has been recently refurbished and tastefully restored to a very high standard. All rooms come complete with comfortable beds with Egyptian cotton bedding, non-allergenic top-quality duvets, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities (with fresh milk), fresh bottled water from their spring, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, USB charger sockets, and Cole & Lewis toiletries.
Built in 1841, this Grade II listed building has retained many period features, with converted and tastefully furnished interiors creating the warm and friendly atmosphere. It offers an ample car park free of charge and also free WiFi. Their bar menu is hearty & wholesome featuring everything from soup and sandwiches to traditional platters with fabulous regional produce. And pub classics like fish and chips and satisfying pies and casseroles for those looking for something a little more substantial.
Walk well worn trails, stone tracks and an old roman road, accommpanied by the now traditional scenery of sprawling moorland and fields. You'll pass through a nature reserve at Ling Gill and rise and fall among the fells.
Wensleydale House offers guests comfortably furnished spacious ensuite bedrooms, guest lounge and a separate breakfast room overlooking farmer's field and 'our' beck (small stream). The house is centrally heated and on cooler nights guests can enjoy an open fire in the lounge room. For breakfast they offer a choice of full English, continental or vegetarian. All ingredients are sourced from local suppliers featuring local produce wherever possible.
Check in is 3pm – 6pm
The 300-year old ‘quirky’ Herriot building on the main cobbled street that runs through Hawes comprises of Herriot’s Guest House, Herriot’s Kitchen and The Herriot Gallery, an ideal location to browse local artwork, enjoy fresh home-made produce, and relax and become guests of Glenn & Liz. They offer six en-suite bedrooms, all of which benefit from the expected home comforts. All of their rooms have been refurbished over the last few winters and have new bathrooms throughout.
Cockett's Hotel and Restaurant dates back to 1668 and was originally a Quaker Temperance Hotel. Today all 11 bedrooms have en-suite facilities, TV, coffee and tea facilities and either views across the Yorkshire Dales or onto the Market Place of Hawes. You are invited to take advantage of the resident's lounge or enjoy a drink in the bar. The restaurant is open every night except Tuesday, serving a wide choice of home-cooked dishes. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the town centre providing easy access to local attractions and shops.
From Hawes to Thwaite you must 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 Thwaite where an attractive tearoom awaits. However brief, the path from Thwaite is not a relaxing stroll. Power up the steep incline of Kisdon Hill and enjoy the fantastic views at the top before continuing on to Keld.
Butt House pride themselves on warmly welcoming walkers after a long day's trekking. They provide drying and laundry facilities, packed lunches, home cooked food, along with a fully licensed bar. All rooms have TVs, hairdryers, tea & coffee making facilities and fabulous views of the area. On the ground floor there is a drying area for boots and coats, a lounge with open fire, dining room, and bar/reception area, where, in the height of the season, you can enjoy a pint of Black Sheep Ale, available on tap.
A warm welcome awaits you at Keld Lodge. This former shooting lodge is now a comfortable hotel and restaurant. You can enjoy the amazing views from the conservatory dining room, lounge, and many of the bedrooms. They place an emphasis on doing the simple things well.
Frith Lodge is a 300-year-old Swaledale farmhouse which has been lovingly restored and refurbished. They have 3 doubles and 2 twin bedrooms which are all en-suite, have tea and coffee making facilities include fresh milk and homemade biscuits and each bedroom has FreeSat TV, hairdryer, welcome guide and breathtaking views from every window. Their guest lounge has stunning views and is the perfect place to rest and relax after a day walking.
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 arriving in the delightful town of Middleton-in-Teesdale on the banks of the River Tees.
Brunswick House is a charming stone built Teesdale village guest house, dating from 1760, offering luxury bed and breakfast accommodation. In each room there is a flat screen TV/DVD player with freeview digital channels, CD player, radio, hair dryer, fridge with complimentary mineral water and fresh milk and tea/coffee making facilities. Luxuriously furnished and decorated, their bedrooms offer a lovely space in which to relax.
Retaining the best of the old with the best of the modern world, they offer accommodation and friendly service of a very high standard. All their rooms have en-suite accommodation plus television and tea/coffee making facilities. They are all tastefully and individually decorated and are warm and welcoming, immaculately clean with crisp white linen. There is also a spacious Residents' Lounge plus a bespoke Dining Room. The hotel is tastefully furnished and decorated; modernised whilst maintaining the tradition of this historic listed building.
It is a Elegant country house, set in one acre of gardens with uninterrupted views. Grove Lodge is a mid-Victorian building, formerly a royal shooting lodge. Luxurious en-suite bedrooms, with TV lounge, licensed bar and all home cooking with a wide choice of menu. They have 6 well-appointed rooms luxuriously appointed with each room design being individual, providing a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere.
The next short section to the Langdon Beck area includes some of the highlights of the Pennine Way including the breath-taking High Force waterfall and beautiful scenery of the hills and the River Tees.
A small, friendly country inn with a beautiful location in Upper Teesdale. They offer a selection of Real Ales and delicious home-cooked evening meals. A stay at Langdon Beck Hotel offers the ultimate in peace and tranquillity. Most of the rooms have spectacular views over the fells. The owners make sure all rooms are clean and warm, even on the coldest days. The rooms all have tea and coffee making facilities and most have a hand basin.
However due to non-existent TV and mobile signals there are no TV’s in the rooms and no mobile phone signal; so there’s nothing to distract from the peace and quiet!
You are assured a very warm welcome at the High Force Hotel. The historic High Force Hotel is located at a beautiful location next to England’s largest waterfall, High Force. All rooms at the hotel are tastefully decorated, clean and very comfortable. They all have an en-suite shower or bath, complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities and biscuits, toiletries, quality towels and bed linen and a television. Hairdryer and non-slip bath mats are available from reception. A new management and team of dedicated service professionals offer the very best in hospitality and are committed to delivering excellence in customer service, in quality food, beverage and accommodation. Their aim is to provide all guests and visitors with the very best of customer service.
East Underhurth Farm is a traditional farmhouse Bed and Breakfast set on a working hill farm in the upper teesdale area of outstanding natural beauty. The rooms are comfortable and have all the amenities you need, the rooms have a shared bathroom.
You will walk by the huge waterfall of Cauldron Snout today, but it's the dramatic scenery of High Cup Nick that dominates your agenda. From there, enjoy a relaxing downhill stroll into Dufton. As there is no suitable accommodation in Dufton you will be picked up and transferred to the nearby pretty village of Appleby for your accommodation this evening. You will be transferred back to Dufton to continue your walk the next morning.
Bongate House was built about 1760, in the style of many large farmhouses of that period. Over the years it has been extended and now is quite a sizeable property. The house has been completely refurbished, enhancing the quality and comfort of the accommodation, but still preserving the "old farmhouse" qualities. They have nine bedrooms which are en-suite and are pleasantly decorated, and each has colour television and tea / coffee making facilities. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
John and Jan welcome you to the Hollies, a friendly and welcoming B&B in the heart of the Eden Valley. The Hollies, built in 1856, was extensively & tastefully modernised in 2014 for the 21st century. John and Jan have focused on creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere while keeping, adapting or re-instating many original Victorian features. Both bedrooms are on the first floor, up the sweeping Victorian staircase, and are traditionally furnished with the only fitted item being the headboard! They offer views of the surrounding hills and 3 acres of gardens and woods, which you are free to explore.
The Tufton Arms Hotel is a small, intimate, luxury hotel in Cumbria, situated in the centre of the charming medieval town of Appleby-in-Westmorland.
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.
A short connection between Garrigill and Alston, you will mostly be following a riverside path with several stiles and gates along the way.
Alston House Hotel is an imposing 17th century building situated a few minutes stroll from the centre of Alston; which is one of the highest towns in the UK. Alston is well known for its quaint cobbled streets and lovely shops. Over the last two years all of their rooms have been completely refurbished with luxury bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, deep, plush carpets and high quality memory foam beds for that all important good night’s sleep. They are delighted to consistently be the No 1 place to eat in Alston on Trip Advisor. Lighter bites and delicious homemade cakes and scones are served in the house cafe, which is an ideal place to chill and take in the stunning views.
Lowbyer is a Grade II listed Georgian Manor House, each of the nine guest bedrooms have been designed with the guest in mind, All rooms are en-suite with either a bath or shower room and have complimentary refreshments tray, colour television, radio alarm clock, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. Their cosy snug Bar with inglenook fireplace offers a wide selection of wines, spirits, liqueurs, soft drinks and bottled cider, lager & beers. The Guest Lounge with real wood fire, is a very comfortable and relaxing room. It offers a good selection of books, magazines and daily newspapers.
The Cumberland offers you a warm welcome. The comfortable rooms were fully refurbished in 2006, and all offer en-suite bathrooms, hairdryers, colour television and tea and coffee making facilities. In November 2008 they were awarded 3 stars by Visit Britain in the 'Inn' category of Guest Accommodation.
For part of today's walk, you'll join onto the Maiden Way, a roman road that was used for bringing supplies to the wall. The wettest section of the whole Way is met at Blenkinsopp Common. After this challenge, reward yourself with a well-deserved rest in Greenhead, the official end of the Pennine Way's Central section.
Holmhead offers comfortable accommodation in a great location right on the Pennine Way. Holmhead has four cosy en-suite bedrooms, the rooms are comfortably furnished and have all the amenities you need with plenty of storage space and lovely countryside views.
You will be guaranteed a warm welcome when you check into this accommodation. Each guest room is individually designed in keeping with the heritage of the building, all rooms are en-suite and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay. Their restaurant serves homemade meals, freshly prepared and uses local ingredients. The hotel also has a warm and friendly bar with a large open fire and two imposing stone fireplaces. The bar stocks a selection of beers, lagers, ales and wines.
Set against the backdrop of historic Hadrian's Wall in the heart of the glorious unspoilt Northumbrian countryside, Blenkinsopp Castle Inn is a coaching stable dating back to the 13th century. Connected to a grade 1 Listed Castle with ancient and historic origins, the Inn is a veritable treasure trove of architectural features.
After breakfast your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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