Pennine Way

Pennine Way

An iconic walking trail through the Peak District, Pennines, Yorkshire and Northumberland.

3 to 22 nights
21-265 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £385 per person

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About the trail

The Pennine Way was Britain’s first ever National Trail, and it remains the best-known and arguably the most challenging of the lot.

Through the wild landscapes of the Peaks, Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and the Cheviot Hills, this walking holiday straddles the spine of England as it stretches from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, taking in a wide variety of scenery from mountains to moorland. If you embark on the Pennine Way, expect to encounter inclement weather, phenomenal climbs and the binding comradery of walkers on a truly epic adventure.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Pennine Way
  • Pennine Way - Central Section
  • Pennine Way - South Section
  • Pennine Way - North Section
  • Pennine Way Short Break - North Section

About this route

7 to 10 nights
102 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous
1st April to 20th October

From £865 per person

Pennine Way - Central Section

Absolutely stunning scenery is abundant along this stretch of the Pennine Way, which deftly weaves together a sumptuous mix of limestone gorges, rushing cascades, arctic-alpine flora and idyllic views along flowering dales.

This Central Section visits some of the highest villages – and pubs – in England, and adds in some immensely walker-friendly hamlets and towns along the way. It’s arguably the most varied section of the Pennine Way and is well worth the rugged climbs along the way.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
PENC2 From Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) to Greenhead(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £865
PENC3 From Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) to Greenhead(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £990
PENC4 From Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) to Greenhead(L) 9 nights, 8 days walking Demanding £1110
PENC5 From Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) to Greenhead(L) 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1230

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
PENSBN From Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton(T) 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate £385

Pennine Way - Central Section 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Please note that due to the high volume of walkers attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks, accommodation in Horton-in-Ribblesdale is scarce at weekends. If your stop in Horton-in-Ribblesdale falls at a weekend, a transfer may be required to take you to your accommodation. Please contact us for more information.



Travel to Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) to Hawes. 14 miles (22.5km) / 1522 ft (464 m) ascent

Day 2

Hawes to Keld. 12.5 miles (20km) / 2241 ft (683 m) ascent

Day 3

Keld to Middleton-in-Teesdale. 20.5 miles (33km) / 2247 ft (685 m) ascent

Day 4

Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton(T). 20 miles (32km) / 2014 ft (614 m) ascent

Day 5

Dufton(T) to Alston. 20 miles (32km) / 3209 ft (978 m) ascent

Day 6

Alston to Greenhead(L). 17 miles (27km) / 1716 ft (523 m) ascent


Depart from Greenhead(L) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£75.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way - Central Section map
Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Greenhead
102 miles (163 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Experiencing some of Britain's most breath-taking scenery, from the impressive Hardraw Force to the tumbling waters of Cauldron Snout.

Discovering spectacular historic sites such as Thirlwall Castle and Hadrian's Wall.

Walking through the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, including Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale.

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

If you would like to spend an extra day exploring the North Yorkshire Dales, the small market town of Hawes offers a range of craft shops and cafes, as well as England's highest, single-drop waterfall, Hardraw Force.

If you prefer a relaxing location, surrounded by Victorian architecture, shops and cafes, the small town of Middleton-in-Teesdale is a good choice for an extra night.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 102 miles (163 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20.5 miles (33 km)
Code: PENC2 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L)
End of holiday: Greenhead(L)

Route Profile

Pennine Way - Central Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air

The most convenient major city and international airports are Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Horton-in-Ribblesdale). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Greenhead) is at Haltwhistle (about 3.5 miles away).

By Bus

Various bus services run to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Buses run to Haltwhistle Station from Greenhead.

From London

Trains run from London Kings Cross and London St Pancras stations to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Greenhead to Carlisle rail station (the bus only runs Monday to Saturday, so a taxi will be required on a Sunday). From there, trains run to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Customer reviews from the Pennine Way - Central Section

“The weather was superb; the scenery amazing.”
Mr Ginter, UK
“A tough but exhilarating walk. 20+ mile days are at our limits now.”
Mr Emmerson, UK
“Excellent scenery. Efficient bag transfer service.”
Mr Richardson, UK
“Walking over moorland and in high places generally makes me incredibly happy, particularly if there is a comfortable B&B and a pub dinner at the end of the day.”
Ms Myerscough, Australia
“I enjoyed the Pennine Way.”
Miss Sarah, UK
“Would recommend if anyone asked, it is a challenging walk but very enjoyable.”
Mr Clark, UK
“Lovely part of the country - pleased we chose it. We commented that we really didn't notice the organisation as everything worked.”
Mrs Burton, UK
“All the accommodation was good to excellent.”
Dr Thamia, UK
“Excellent organization by Contours from beginning to end, no problems encountered whatsoever. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
Mr Botting, UK
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