Pennine Way

Description

  1. Name Pennine Way
  2. Length of trail 412 km, 256 miles
  3. Length in days 21 days
  4. Start of trail Edale
  5. End of trail Kirk Yetholm
  6. Traildino grading SW, Strenuous walk, mountain trail
  7. Hut tour grading T2, Mountain walk

Pennine Way

Pennine Way, Edale to Kirk Yetholm, 256 miles, 412 km, 21 days

National Trail

"A long green trail from the Peak to the Cheviots.", Tom Stephenson envisioned in 1935. The Pennine Way became the first National Trail to be opened, some fifty years ago, and it's still a major landmark on Britain's hiking map. Many people have enjoyed the hike, and the many reports on the web do bear witness of the beauty of the trail.

After the South West Coast Path, the Pennine Way is the longest path in the UK. It is part of the European E2. This is not an easy walk. The route runs through the highest and most desolate parts of the Pennines. In order to walk this trail, you must have a good physical condition, a healthy amount of perseverance, good rain gear and waterproof shoes.

The path picks the wildest and most beautiful parts of northern England, to the border with Scotland: the Pennines including the Peak District, the colourful Yorkshire Dales, the cheery Cheviots. Despite its popularity, hikers marvel the solitude encountered in this upland part of northern England. At night, in the pub, you will be sharing your pains and pleasures with other hikers and forget about your despair during daytime crossing another fell in rain and storm.

Do not underestimate this trail. The legs are long and often exposed. Be prepared for strong winds, rain and cold. Many people start, few finish. The bogs are reputed for by some and cursed by most, but the worst parts have now been slabbed to stop erosion. Older guidebooks point to the Peak District as a very greasy walk but that is no more. Accommodation options are diminishing. In Kirk Yetholm your Pennine Way Certificate and Free Half Pint is waiting for you in the Border Hotel.

Select some tracks
Pennine Way
.Pennine Way (Edale to Crowden), 26km
.Pennine Way (Crowden to Standedge), 21km
.Pennine Way (Standedge to Warland Reservoir), 13km
.Pennine Way (Warland Reservoir to Calder Valley), 8.6km
.Pennine Way (Calder Valley to Ickornshaw), 26km
.Pennine Way (Ickornshaw to Malham), 28km
.Pennine Way (Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale), 24km
.Pennine Way (Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes), 22km
.Pennine Way (Hawes to Tan Hill), 26km
.Pennine Way (Tan Hill to Kirk Yetholm), 227km

Opinions

Rate 8.0 | 6 votes | No 12. in United Kingdom
  • benandlara
  • Rate 6
  • Positive Add a point or two if you love English countryside. Some great bits but it fails the "would I do it again" test for me (and every through walker I met) maybe this feeling fades with time but even with good weather and minimal mud but the long stretches of very pleasant moors and farm lands began to really tire me......fine for a couple of hundred km but boring by the end
  • Negative gates....much is managed land...you are "obliged to navigate 287 gates, 249 timber stiles, 183 stone stiles"....about one every 600m. It is a fine walk but you may benefit from two contrasting walks rather than one long one
  • Blee August 2016
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Beaitful moors, then pastures, and the occasional peak
  • Negative Some bad paths near and north of Hadrian's wall
  • John P April 2013
  • Rate 7
  • Positive There are some high points such as Hadrian's wall and Malham cove, and it is the classic long distance walk in the UK through some outstanding moors that inspired the Brontes.
  • Negative Rather a lot of bleak, windswept moors, Thankfaully now improved by laying slabs of rock, could do with a bit more variety
  • Henk Nouws May 2015
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Natural England and the National Parks Authorities put lots of effort in the maintenance of the path, and this yields good results. Lots of birds. Very pretty scenery, like the Yorkshire Dales, Teesdale, Hadrian's Wall, the Cheviots. The trail is a true mental test.
  • Negative Up to you to decide upon this: the path is hard. Accommodation is sparse.
  • pc22 April 2008
  • Rate 9
  • Positive a very tough walk.....few sign posts..... and often boggy and muddy in bad weather....but its meant t be this way. The elder statesmen of the British long trails. This walk is meant to test you. And its reward is some beautiful scenery across the North of England, some very remote places indeed and a real sense of achievement on arriving at the end. A highlight for me is the tees river.
  • Negative I didn't dislike these things but one should be aware that sign posting is very limited and on some of the remote areas not only is the no signage but in some cases no path to follow either. The weather can often be very poor and visibility low. On Cross fell the winds can be treacherous as a particular wind phenomena called the helm wind exists that can pick up a dog and dump it 100mtrs away.
  • Oranginas, hiking trails Europe May 2007
  • Rate 8
  • Positive a great variety in moods of the landscape: wild, spacious, rough, green farmer land, the stone walls, the meadows, endless moors, a lot of water, the creeks, centuries of history, the wildlife and the cultural heritage….
  • Negative The (chance of) rain
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Pennine Way

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Pennine Way - the Path, the People, the Journey
  • A portrait of the The Pennine Way, Britain's oldest and best known long-distance footpath, stretching 268 miles from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders. This personal, thoughtful and often humorous story of the path's remarkable history, includes the experiences of walkers and local characters on this exhilarating and complex path. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Pennine Way: The Path, the People, the Journey
  • This book presents a portrait of the Pennine Way, Britain`s oldest and best known long-distance footpath, tracing its remarkable history through the experiences of walkers past and present. As Andrew McCloy walks the 268-mile route from the Derbyshire Peak District to the Scottish borders, he discovers how the Pennine Way set a benchmark for... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Pennine Way - the Path, the People, the Journey
  • A portrait of the The Pennine Way, Britain's oldest and best known long-distance footpath, stretching for 268 miles from the Derbyshire Peak District to the Scottish Borders. It charts the path's remarkable history, and walkers past and present relate their experiences of this commanding, exhilarating and complex path. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • Pennine Way
  • Martin Collins’ Cicerone guide to The Pennine Way explores one of Britain’s best know national trails. Often challenging, the long distance walk has essential information designed to help you plan and complete the trip from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. 268 miles in total, the route takes 2-3 weeks to complete in one walk, though the guide also offers... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cheviot Hills - Jedburgh & Wooler OS Explorer Active Map OL16 (waterproof)
  • The Cheviot Hills on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL16, waterproof version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage includes Jedburgh, Woolmer, part of the Northumberland National Park, the peaks of The Cheviot, Corby Pike, Cold Law, Scrathy Holes and Windy Gyle, Catcleugh Reservoir, sections of the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Peak District North Harvey Ultramap XT40
  • The northern part of the Peak District at 1:40,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, pocket-size Ultramap from Harvey Map Services with the same cartography as their Superwalker map of this area. Coverage extends from Marsden and Holmbridge in the north to beyond Glossop in the south, and includes the Bottoms / Valehouse / Rhodeswood /... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Peak District Dark Peak OS Explorer Map OL1 (paper)
  • Peak District’s Dark Peak area on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL1, paper version, from the Ordnance Survey`s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Highlights of the area include Kinder Scout, Bleaklow, Black Hill, the start of the Pennine Way at Edale, Derwent Valley Heritage Way, Ladybower Reservoir and Glossop.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: this... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Peak District Central Harvey Ultramap XT40
  • The central part of the Peak District at 1:40,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, pocket-size Ultramap from Harvey Map Services with the same cartography as their Superwalker map of this area. Coverage extends from west of New Mills and Whaley Bridge in the west to Sheffield, and from the Derwent Reservoir in the north to Buxton, and... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cheviot Hills - Jedburgh & Wooler OS Explorer Map OL16 (paper)
  • The Cheviot Hills on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL16, paper version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage includes Jedburgh, Woolmer, part of the Northumberland National Park, the peaks of The Cheviot, Corby Pike, Cold Law, Scrathy Holes and Windy Gyle, Catcleugh Reservoir, sections of the Pennine Way... Read more
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Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • North Pennines: Teesdale & Weardale OS Explorer Active Map OL31 (waterproof)
  • The northern part of the Pennines including Teesdale and Weardale on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL31, waterproof version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage include Barnard Castle, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Stanhope, Blagill, Gilderdale Forest, Milburn Forest, Hamsterley Forest, Middleton Common, the... Read more
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Stanfords
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  • Also available from:
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Stanfords
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The Book Depository
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Appleby-in-Westmorland 1903-1904
  • Map No. 91, Appleby-in-Westmorland 1903-1904, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the sheet... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Haltwhistle and Brampton 1866-1869
  • Map No. 86, Haltwhistle and Brampton 1866-1869, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the sheet... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Blackburn and Burnley 1903-1904
  • Map No. 103, Blackburn and Burnley 1903-1904, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the sheet... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Yorkshire Dales West
  • The western part of the Yorkshire Dales on a waterproof and tear-resistant, contoured and GPS compatible map at 1:40,000 from Harvey Map Services showing local right of way paths, long-distance hiking routes, off road cycling routes, etc.Topography is shown by contours at 15m intervals, with spot heights plus colouring and graphics to show... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Yorkshire Dales Harvey Touring & Planning Map
  • Yorkshire Dales on a road map at 1:100,000 from Harvey Map Services with several enlargements showing main roads across local towns, plus descriptions of interesting locations, advice on public transport, etc. The map shows the Dales region with altitude colouring to indicate the region’s topography. Long-distance trails such as the Dales Way,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hexham and Haltwhistle 1863-1869
  • Map No. 87, Hexham and Haltwhistle 1863-1869, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the sheet... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sheffield and Huddersfield 1903
  • Map No. 110, Sheffield and Huddersfield 1903, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the sheet... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pennine Bridleway National Trail A-Z Wall Map
  • The southern part of the Pennine Bridleway, a 118km / 74 mile section between Middleton in Derbyshire and the Mary Towneley Loop on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire, presented at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Harvey Map Services. The Pennine Bridleway runs roughly parallel with the Pennine Way but is designed... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Wensleydale and Upper Wharfedale 1924-1925
  • Map No. 98, Wensleydale and Upper Wharfedale 1924-1925, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed 1901
  • Map No. 75, Berwick-upon-Tweed 1901, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the sheet lines... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Peak District - Dark Peak A-Z Adventure Atlas
  • Peak District: Dark Peak Adventure Atlas at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. Coverage includes Glossop, Hadfield, Stocksbridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hope, Bamford, New Mills, Castleton, Bradwell, Hayfield, Tintwistle, Greenfield,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sheffield and Huddersfield 1923-1925
  • Map No. 110, Sheffield and Huddersfield 1923-1925, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Cheviot Hills and Kielder Water 1901
  • Map No. 80, Cheviot Hills and Kielder Water 1901, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Appleby-in-Westmorland 1860-1866
  • Map No. 91, Appleby-in-Westmorland 1860-1866, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that the sheet... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Wensleydale and Upper Wharfedale 1852-1865
  • Map No. 98, Wensleydale and Upper Wharfedale 1852-1865, in the Cassini Historical Series of old Ordnance Survey mapping of England and Wales at 1:50,000 in a format designed to offer a convenient comparison with the present day coverage from the OS, and most locations in three different editions. Old historical maps have been combined so that... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Pennine Way Complete
  • Walking from Edale to Kirk Yetholm through the Peak District, The Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. 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... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Pennine Way North
  • Walking from Greenhead in Hadrian's Wall country all the way to the Scottish border. 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... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Pennine Way Central
  • Walking from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Greenhead through the Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland. 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... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Pennine Way South
  • Walking from Edale to Hortin-in-Ribblesdale, through The Peak District to Yorkshire. 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... Read more
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