Pennine Way - North Section

Pennine Way - North Section

A walk from Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm via Hadrian's Wall

4 to 6 nights
64 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Strenuous

From £420 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

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!

© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way - North Section map
Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm
64 miles (102 km)
28th March to 30th 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
PENN1 From Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm 4 nights, 3 days walking Strenuous£420
PENN2 From Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm 5 nights, 4 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£525
PENN3 From Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£630

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

Travel to Greenhead where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Greenhead 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


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; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

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)
£60.00 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: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Greenhead
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 The 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.

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