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

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

4 to 6 nights
64 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Strenuous
1st April to 20th October

From £480 per person

Pennine Way - North Section

The best-preserved and most dramatic stretch of Hadrian’s Wall provides an impressive start to the north section of the Pennine Way. Yet the core strength of this walking holiday lies in its most demanding sections, where huge views are won with long climbs through remote territory.

There’s utterly exhilarating walking along the border ridge of the Cheviot Hills, and glorious vistas from Windy Gyle and the Schill, not to mention the cliff-flanked ravine and waterfall of Hen Hole.

Those welcoming, walker-wise inns that are such an integral part of the full trail are just as prevalent along its northernmost section. We particularly recommend the bar of the Border Hotel!

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
PENN1 From Greenhead(L) to Kirk Yetholm 4 nights, 3 days walking Strenuous £480
PENN2 From Greenhead(L) to Kirk Yetholm 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £595
PENN3 From Greenhead(L) to Kirk Yetholm 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £710

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 - North Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

Travel to Greenhead(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Greenhead(L) to Bellingham. 22 miles (35km) / 2536 ft (773 m) ascent

Day 2

Bellingham to Byrness(L). 15 miles (24km) / 1886 ft (575 m) ascent

Day 3

Byrness(L) to Kirk Yetholm. 27 miles (43km) / 4475 ft (1364 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Kirk Yetholm 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
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way - North Section map
Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm
64 miles (102 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Tasting the historic landscape of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders as you head along Hadrian's Wall and visit Housesteads Roman Fort en route to Kirk Yetholm.

Completing the challenging walk along the Border Ridge of the Cheviot Hills.

Enjoying the peaceful hamlets and villages of Byrness and Kirk Yetholm.

What's included?

  • 4 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

 

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 64 miles (102 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 27 miles (43 km)
Code: PENN1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: Greenhead(L)
End of holiday: Kirk Yetholm

Route Profile

Pennine Way - North 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 cities and international airports are Newcastle, Leeds Bradford and Edinburgh.

By Rail

The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Greenhead) is at Haltwhistle (about 3.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Kirk Yetholm) is at Berwick-on-Tweed (about 22.5 miles away).

By Bus

Buses run from Haltwhistle station to Greenhead. There is no viable bus service from Kirk Yetholm to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, so a taxi is the best option.

From London

Trains run from London Kings Cross & Euston stations to Haltwhistle. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Greenhead.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Kirk Yetholm to Berwick-Upon-Tweed rail station. From there trains run to Haltwhistle, where a bus/taxi will be required to Greenhead.

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.
"Byrness Hill View" by Dagmara Ginter (2023) "Byrness Hill View" by Dagmara Ginter (2023)
"Cheviot Hills" by Dagmara Ginter (2023) "Cheviot Hills" by Dagmara Ginter (2023)
"Signpost to Bellingham" by Dagmara Ginter (2023) "Signpost to Bellingham" by Dagmara Ginter (2023)
"Cheviot Hills Path" by Dagmara Ginter (2023) "Cheviot Hills Path" by Dagmara Ginter (2023)

Customer reviews from the Pennine Way - North Section

“Very well planned, so no stress trying to arrange accommodation etc.”
Mrs Moore, UK
“Really enjoyed getting out into the countryside and away to the peace and quiet. The views from the Schil were outstanding. Already looking to see where we might go next year.”
Prof Hood, UK
“We were lucky with the weather. We have had other Contours holidays, and will definitely use you again.”
Mr Oldfield, UK
“The five of us had a great time on the holiday and felt everything was very well-organized and smooth. It was a beautiful route with generally top-flight accommodations and we would recommend it. Would definitely recommend Contours again and in fact have already booked another tour with you!”
Ms Thomson, Canada
“Great to complete the Pennine Way - but it’s tough.”
Ms Tooke-Kirby, UK
“Thank you vey much for everything - arrangements worked perfectly.”
Ms Cadwallader, UK
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