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

Find your holiday

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

3 nights
21 miles
1st April to 20th October

From £385 per person

Pennine Way Short Break - North Section

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.

Available tours

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

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 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
  • Holiday Highlights

Travel to Middleton-in-Teesdale where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

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

Day 2

Langdon Beck(L) 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 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 Short Break - North Section map
Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton
21 miles (33 km)
1st April to 20th 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.

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)
£65.00 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: 1st April - 20th 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, Teesside 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 station to Darlington. From there a taxi will be required to Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Return to 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.