Britain's oldest and toughest National Trail wiggles 268 miles (431 km) from the Peak District to Scotland, providing a classic running challenge.

The Pennine Way

The legendary trail passes through the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales; climbs to England's highest point outside the Lake District; and winds along Hadrian's Wall and through the criminally under-rated Cheviot Hills.

Few sights compare to High Cup, an apocalyptic, glacier-scooped canyon.

These landscapes have inspired great writers and the route is dotted with inviting villages you've never heard of yet may never want to leave.

If you find remote places stirring, and enjoy challenging terrain, the Pennine Way is for you.

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Map of The Pennine Way

Route facts

  • Length 266 miles (426 km)
  • Ascent 40748 ft (12420 m)
  • High point 2930 ft (893 m)
  • Ascent per km 29 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Edale/Kirk Yetholm
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Strenuous  
  • Season
  • 19th March to 15th October

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  • Long distance footpath on the Pennine Way

    Winding through the hills.

  • Malhamdale

    Beautiful views over Malhamdale.

  • Passing by Hadrian's Wall

    Passing by Hadrian's Wall.

Trail profile

The Pennine Way Route Profile

Itineraries

8 nights
7 days running

Grade: Strenuous

Edale

45 km (28 miles) and 1648 m (5407 ft) ascent

Standedge

51 km (32 miles) and 1432 m (4698 ft) ascent

Ickornshaw/Cowling

54 km (34 miles) and 1690 m (5545 ft) ascent

Horton-in-Ribblesdale

76 km (47.5 miles) and 2054 m (6739 ft) ascent

Middleton-in-Teesdale

70 km (44 miles) and 1855 m (6086 ft) ascent

Alston

65 km (40.5 miles) and 1600 m (5249 ft) ascent

Bellingham

65 km (40.5 miles) and 2086 m (6844 ft) ascent

Kirk Yetholm

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Tour code: TPEW-1

Price £920 per person

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12 nights
11 days running

Grade: Challenging

Edale

26 km (16 miles) and 832 m (2730 ft) ascent

Torside

46 km (29 miles) and 1486 m (4875 ft) ascent

Calder Valley

36 km (22.5 miles) and 1293 m (4242 ft) ascent

Gargrave

42 km (26 miles) and 1149 m (3770 ft) ascent

Horton-in-Ribblesdale

38 km (24 miles) and 1070 m (3510 ft) ascent

Thwaite

38 km (24 miles) and 985 m (3232 ft) ascent

Middleton-in-Teesdale

35 km (22 miles) and 738 m (2421 ft) ascent

Dufton

35 km (22 miles) and 1102 m (3615 ft) ascent

Alston

40 km (25 miles) and 1039 m (3409 ft) ascent

Once Brewed

50 km (31 miles) and 1145 m (3757 ft) ascent

Byrness

40 km (25 miles) and 1507 m (4944 ft) ascent

Kirk Yetholm

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Tour code: TPEW-3

Price £1080 per person

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15 nights
14 days running

Grade: Moderate

Edale

26 km (16 miles) and 832 m (2730 ft) ascent

Torside

19 km (12 miles) and 816 m (2677 ft) ascent

Standedge

27 km (17 miles) and 670 m (2198 ft) ascent

Calder Valley

24 km (15 miles) and 759 m (2490 ft) ascent

Ickornshaw/Cowling

28 km (17.5 miles) and 788 m (2585 ft) ascent

Malham

26 km (16 miles) and 900 m (2953 ft) ascent

Horton-in-Ribblesdale

38 km (24 miles) and 1070 m (3510 ft) ascent

Thwaite

38 km (24 miles) and 985 m (3232 ft) ascent

Middleton-in-Teesdale

35 km (22 miles) and 738 m (2421 ft) ascent

Dufton

35 km (22 miles) and 1102 m (3615 ft) ascent

Alston

40 km (25 miles) and 1039 m (3409 ft) ascent

Once Brewed

25 km (15.5 miles) and 579 m (1900 ft) ascent

Bellingham

25 km (15.5 miles) and 566 m (1857 ft) ascent

Byrness

40 km (25 miles) and 1507 m (4944 ft) ascent

Kirk Yetholm

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Tour code: TPEW-4

Price £1145 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £40 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £30 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are Manchester and Leeds. Trains run regularly between Manchester International railway station and Edale. Trains also run frequently between Leeds Braford International Airport and Edale.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (Edale), which is within walking distance of all accommodations. The nearest train station to the end of the tour (Kirk Yetholm) is Berwick-on-Tweed.

From London ĖThere are regular trains between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to Edale. Trains also run regularly between Berwick-upon-Tweed (nearest railway station to Kirk Yetholm) and Heathrow or Gatwick Airport.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Edale) is by taking two buses to Berwick-upon-Tweed train station and catching a train back to Edale. You can also catch a train from Berwick to Sheffield and from there onwards to Edale.
As the Pennine Way is one of the toughest trails available to run in the UK, it may be worth considering adding a few extra nights into your holiday to give you time to recover in between stints as you race along Englandís iconic backbone.

For example, Calder Valley is a great place in which to stop and recharge in preparation for the rest of the trail. Filled with quaint tearooms, craft galleries, tempting restaurants and independent shops, the village is a quiet but friendly setting that leaves you free to wander and explore at your leisure. There is also an independent sports shop in Calder Valley that specialises in top quality running gear, allowing you to replenish or replace any kit as necessary.

If you would like to spend an extra day exploring the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, consider taking an extra night in Malham. Here you can take your time to absorb the beauty of nearby Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janetís Foss, making the perfect area in which to enjoy a gentle recovery run or a more challenging climb. As well as this and all of the usual amenities, Malham also boasts a number of delicious eateries, offering fresh, locally produced food and drinks all year round.

The market settlement of Alston, alternatively, is nestled in the heather-clad landscape with far-reaching views in all directions. With steep cobbled streets and ancient stone buildings dating as far back as the 17th century, Alston has a rich history specialising in lead mining that can be discovered at the nearby Nenthead Mines Heritage centre. If you choose to spend an extra night here, be sure to sample the villageís many locally-produced specialities including Cumberland mustard and Alston Cheese, as well as enjoying the friendly atmosphere and a drink in The Angel Inn.

Once Brewed is another good choice for a rest day, particularly if youíre looking for a quiet place in which to relax. The village is nestled in some of the most beautiful countryside along the trail and would be perfect for a gentle jog around the local area to get you warmed up for the rest of your holiday. The Twice Brewed Inn is a famous pub that also makes its home here, and is a great place to unwind at the end of the day and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

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