Pennine Way South (8 Days & 7 Nights)

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  • Walk the Pennine Way South through The Peak District and into Yorkshire.
  • Crossing the peaty wilderness of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow Head.
  • Traversing the remote and windswept moors of Brontë country.
  • Wonderful and warm “northern” welcome from your accommodations.
  • Malham Cove, a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation.
Walk the Pennine Way, designated as Britain’s first National Park. The southern section takes you through dramatic areas of great natural beauty such as the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. The wild and rugged Peak District National Park with its wild and windswept moorlands and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with its green rolling farmland, dominate and as you walk you will be in awe of these incredible vistas. Begin in the heart of England where limestone crags tower above you and where stone farmhouses dot the landscape. Further north reach the incredible amphitheatre of Malham Cove and then enter the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Each night enjoy dining in pubs and sampling the local brews!
This rewarding, yet challenging walk can be achieved in 8 or 9 days. With stunning vistas throughout, the strains and stresses of everyday life will slip away, as you walk amidst this wild and wonderful terrain. The accommodations offer a warm welcome and each evening cosy pubs will greet you.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Activity Level & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate to strenuous and is 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
  • Travel to Edale
  • Travel from Horton-in-Ribblesdale
  • 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 South 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

The closest airport to the start of the walk is Manchester. You can take a train from Manchester Airport (via Manchester Piccadilly) to Edale and the journey takes approx. 1.5H. You can also fly into any of the London Airports. Making your way to Euston Station you can then take a train to Manchester Piccadilly with a connection to Edale. The journey takes approx. 3.5H. Please find more information concerning schedules on the Traveline or Trainline websites.

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

Getting from the End

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. 

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. 

At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase.  Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person up to 17kg It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.

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 15.5 miles / 24.9 km Day 3 Torside to Standedge 12.5 miles / 20.1 km Day 4 Standedge to Calder Valley 15 miles / 24 km Day 5 Calder Valley to Ickornshaw/Cowling 16 miles / 25.7 km Day 6 Ickornshaw to Malham 18 miles / 29 km Day 7 Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 15 miles / 24 km Day 8 Onward travel

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