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Pennine Way Short Break - South Section

Pennine Way Short Break - South Section

A short walking holiday along the Pennine Way National Trail from Edale to Standedge.

3 nights
29 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £280 per person

Find out about the tour

About this route

This two-day taste of the Pennine Way launches immediately into the windswept views that characterise the full National Trail. Climbing steeply up Jacob’s Ladder to the rugged outcrop of Edale Rocks, the trail winds through an almost lunar landscape of pebbles, black peat and protruding stone.

Its two big summits, Bleaklow Head and Black Hill, award climbes with moorland views beneath enormous skies. Pretty reservoirs inhabited by wildlife draw you back down to less-windswept pathways before the walk’s end in Standedge.

© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way Short Break - South Section map
Edale to Standedge
29 miles (46 km)
14th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Spotting elusive mountain hares, handsome curlew and golden plovers at Red Brook.

Admiring the impressive scenery from a selection of viewpoints along the trail.

Encountering fellow Pennine walkers and enjoying the camaraderie and story-sharing of group walking.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
PENSBS From Edale to Standedge(T) 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding£280

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

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

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

Day 1

Edale to Crowden(T). 18 miles (28.5km)

Day 2

Crowden(T) to Standedge(T). 11 miles (17.5km)


Depart from Standedge(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
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 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


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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 29 miles (46 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 18 miles (28.5 km)
Code: PENSBS Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 14th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Edale
End of holiday: Standedge(T)

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, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford and Liverpool John Lennon.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Edale). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Standedge) is at Marsden (about 4 miles away).

From London - Trains run from London St Pancras International and London Euston stations to Edale.

By Bus - Unfortunately there are no direct buses to Edale or from Standedge; therefore a taxi may be required.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Standedge to Edale.

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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