Pennine Way North (5 Days & 4 Nights)5 Days & 4 Nights 4.5 Read 52 reviews
- Walk the Pennine Way North from Hadrian’s Wall to the Scottish border.
- Enjoy the majestic vistas of the Northumberland National Park
- Mesmerising and historical sights of old Roman mile castles and forts.
- Wonderful and warm “northern” welcome from your accommodations.
- Taking on the challenge of the Cheviot Hills, a romantic and wild landscape.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
Activity Level & 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.
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
- Travel to Greenhead
- Travel from Kirk Yetholm
- Lunches & Dinners
- Snacks & drinks
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- 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
Getting to Greenhead
The best way to connect from major gateways to Greenhead is to take either a local bus or taxi from Haltwhistle (5 miles away), where there is a train station. To get to Haltwhistle from Newcastle Airport (the closest one) you can take a train from here via Newcastle centre (approx. 2H journey) You can also take trains from Manchester Airport or Glasgow Airport via Carlisle to haltwhistle. You can find bus information and schedules on the Traveline or Trainline website.
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.
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 Edale and overnight
Greenhead is very near Britain’s exact geological centre, a point equidistant from all shores. This interesting fact aside it is also adjacent to Hadrian’s Wall and home to the Carvoran Roman Army Museum, so it is worth trying to arrive early for some exploration.
Get ready for one of the most interesting, and at times the most challenging section of the Pennine Way. Begin in Greenhead (very near Britain’s exact geological centre, a point equidistant from all shores) where the Pennine Way meets Hadrian’s Wall. You will discover Roman Forts and milecastles galore. For this reason Once Brewed makes an ideal stop to give you more time to take in the historical sights. The town is around a kilometre off the main trail, otherwise, you can continue on along the Way.
Continue along the Hadrian's Wall Path for just a short while, past the famed lone Sycamore tree, before turning northward and soon into the forest. Following this, you'll pass through Haughton Common and later over Shitlington Crags before descending into Bellingham.
As tomorrow takes you over the Cheviot Hills enjoy today’s relatively low-level route through heather-clad moors, forestry tracks , green fields and alongside Redesdale Forest before reaching the foot of the Cheviots and Byrness.
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!
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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