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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.
The Pennine Way North, takes you from Greenhead in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country to Kirk Yetholm at the Scottish border. The Pennine Way was the first designated long-distance footpath in the UK and today is probably the most famous. On this section you will be steeped in history as fascinating and historical sights of old Roman mile castles and forts greet you. The Northumberland National Park is a mix of high hills, dales and crystal clear rivers and you will also cross the rugged Cheviot Hills further north, all the way to Scotland.

What To Expect

If you only have a week and want to take a challenging long-distance walk following trails through the heart of the romantic and wild English countryside, then this tour is for you. This tour will also appeal to history buffs as you walk through Hadrian’s Wall country. Cosy English pubs and local brews can also be taken advantage of!

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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.

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.

Accommodations

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
Excluded
  • 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
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

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.

Luggage 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 Hawes to Keld 22 miles / 35.4 km Day 3 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 4 Byrness to Kirk Yetholm 24.5 miles / 39 km Day 5 Onward travel

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