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Pennine Way Complete (21 Days & 20 Nights)

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  • Walk the Pennine Way, designated as the UK's very first National Trail.
  • Three national parks, The Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales & Northumberland.
  • Traversing the wild and windswept moors of Brontë country.
  • Wonderful and warm “northern” welcome from your accommodations.
  • Following trails through the majestic Swaledale and Wensleydale valleys.
In 1965 the Pennine Way was designated as Britain’s first National Trail and on this itinerary you will walk it in it’s entirety, from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. Today it is one of the UK’s most famous long-distance footpaths. This magnificent walk takes you through three national parks; the wild and rugged Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales with its windswept moorlands and green farmland, and Northumberland, a mix of high hills, dales and crystal clear rivers. The wonderful sights of the heavenly Swaledale Valley 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. Cross the rugged Cheviot Hills further north, all the way.
Looking for a challenge and a rewarding walk that will take you through a variety of stunning English landscapes? Then the Pennine Way is the long-distance footpath for you. On this trail the strains and stresses of everyday life will slip away as you walk the wild and wonderful terrain of three national parks.

Tour Style:

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


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


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  • Classic

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
  • Breakfasts
  • 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 to Edale & 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

By Air - The closest airports to the start of the walk are Manchester and Sheffield. From both Manchester and Sheffield city centre it takes approx 30-45 minutes to get to Edale.

By Rail - From the South you can catch a train from London to Edale via Sheffield (approx 3 hours.) From the North you can catch a train from Edinburgh to Edale via Manchester (approx 4hrs 45m).

By Car  - 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 the car at home and taking public transport to the start of your walk.

Getting from the End

By Rail - The closest train station to Kirk Yetholm is Berwick-upon-Tweed (approx 2 hours by bus.) Berwick-upon-Tweed is on the main East Coast rail line and is well connected to most major cities in the UK.

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).


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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Day 1 Arrive in Edale and overnight Day 2 Edale to Torside/Transfer to Glossop 15.5 miles / 24.9 km Day 3 Torside to Standedge Cutting/Overnight Diggle 12.5 miles / 20.1 km Day 4 Standedge Cutting to Hebden Bridge 15 miles / 24 km Day 5 Hebden Bridge to Ponden 10.5 miles / 16.9 km Day 6 Ponden to Gargrave 16.5 miles / 26.6 km Day 7 Gargrave to Malham 7 miles / 11.3 km Day 8 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 15 miles / 24 km Day 9 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 13.5 miles / 21.7 km Day 10 Hawes to Keld 12.5 miles / 20.1 km Day 11 Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale 20.5 miles / 33 km Day 12 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck 13.5 miles / 21.7 km Day 13 Langdon Beck to Dufton/Transfer to Appleby 12.5 miles / 20.1 km Day 14 Dufton to Alston 19 miles / 30.5 km Day 15 Alston to Greenhead 16.5 miles / 26.5 km Day 16 Greenhead to Once Brewed 7 miles / 11.3 km Day 17 Once Brewed to Bellingham 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 18 Bellingham to Byrness 15 miles / 24.1 km Day 19 Byrness to Trows Farm/Transfer back to Byrness 12 miles / 19.3 km Day 20 Transfer to Trows Farm/Walk to Kirk Yetholm 12.5 miles / 20.1 km Day 21 Onward travel

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