Pennine Way Short Break - North Section

Pennine Way Short Break - North Section

A short walking holiday through the stunning North Pennines from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton.

3 nights
21 miles

From £325 per person

Find out about the tour

About this route

Follow the River Tees through hay meadows bursting with wildflowers past a series of cascades that builds to the largest waterfall in England. The wild, empty moors of the North Pennines lie ahead, home to a variety of grouse, curlew, and hardy sheep.

This taste of the Pennine Way includes one of its best viewpoints: the glaciated chasm of High Cup Nick, which sweeps the gaze out over the mountains of the Lake District. From here, the walk descends to Dufton, nestled in the shadow of Cross Fell.

© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way Short Break - North Section map
Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton
21 miles (33 km)
28th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Watching the stunning waterfalls found along the trail, including the highest waterfall in England.

Reaching the immense chasm of High Cup and admiring the dramatic views across the mountains.

Enjoying a well-earned rest in the welcoming inns of Dufton at the end of the holiday.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
PENSBN From Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton(T) 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£325

Pennine Way Short Break - North Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

Travel to Middleton-in-Teesdale where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck(T). 8.5 miles (13.5km) / 761 ft (232 m) ascent

Day 2

Langdon Beck(T) to Dufton(T). 12 miles (19km) / 1220 ft (372 m) ascent


Depart from Dufton(T) 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?

  • 3 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 stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park or relaxing, 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)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 20.5 miles (32.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Code: PENSBN Grade: Moderate
Season: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Middleton-in-Teesdale
End of holiday: Dufton(T)

Route Profile

Pennine Way Short Break - 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 city and international airports are Newcastle, Durham-Tees Valley and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Middleton-in-Teesdale) are either Bishop Auckland (about 20 miles away) or Kirkby Stephen (about 20.5 miles away), but probably the most convenient/major train station is at Darlington (25 miles). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Dufton) is at Appleby (about 4 miles away).

By Bus - There are no viable public transport options to Middleton-in-Teesdale from the nearest railway stations, so a taxi will be required. Unfortunately there are no direct buses from Dufton to nearby towns, so a taxi will be required.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross or London St Pancras International stations to Darlington. From there a taxi will be required to Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Dufton to Middleton-in-Teesdale.

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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