Pennine Way Central (9 Days & 8 Nights)

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  • 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.
Walking the central section of the Pennine Way takes you through the backbone of England, to the Yorkshire Dales all the way to Hadrian’s Wall. The wonderful sights of heavenly valleys 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. This itinerary includes some of the highlights of the Pennine Way including the dramatic scenery of High Cup Nick. Add the challenge of reaching the highest point of the Pennine Way at Cross Fell and you will recall the memories of this holiday for years to come.
If you want to take a challenging long-distance walk following trails through the heart of the English countryside, then this tour is for you. Wide swathes of green countryside give way to history as you reach Hadrian’s Wall, so history buffs will also enjoy this section. Cosy English pubs and local brews can also be taken advantage of!

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Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails

Activity Level & 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
  • 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 Horton-in-Ribbledale
  • Travel from Greenhead
  • 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 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.

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 Horton-in-Ribblesdale and overnight Day 2 Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 13.5 miles / 21.7 km Day 3 Hawes to Keld 12.5 miles / 20.1 km Day 4 Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale 20.5 miles / 33 km Day 5 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck 13.5 miles / 21.7 km Day 6 Langdon Beck to Dufton/Transfer to Appleby 12.5 miles / 20.1 km Day 7 Dufton to Alston 19 miles / 30.5 km Day 8 Alston to Greenhead 16.5 miles / 26.5 km Day 9 Onward Travel

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