Pennine Way - South Section

Pennine Way - South Section

A walk from Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale via the Peak District, South Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales.

6 to 8 nights
95 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding / Strenuous

From £640 per person

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About this route

Ancient packhorse trails and drovers’ ways traverse this appealing southern section of the Pennine Way across the windswept moors of the South Pennines.

Wild and remote, the Pennines have a unique atmosphere. It’s built on views like those from Kinder Scout and Pinshaw Beacon, and immersive landscapes like that at Top Withen, a romantic moorland setting that reputedly inspired Wuthering Heights.

Add to this the limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, and the bustling villages that welcome you in all along the route, and the South Section of the Pennine Way becomes a windswept and beautiful exploration of daunting landscapes and cosy inns.

© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way - South Section map
Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale
95 miles (152 km)
28th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Visiting dramatic moorland with immense viewpoints at Stoodley Pike and Fountains Fell.

Descending to charming villages such as Haworth, Hebden Bridge, and Malham.

Experiencing the very best of the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks on Britain’s oldest National Trail.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
PENS1 From Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£640
PENS2 From Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£745
PENS3 From Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£850

Pennine Way - South Section 6 nights, 5 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that due to the high volume of walkers attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks, accommodation in Horton-in-Ribblesdale is scarce at weekends. If your stop in Horton-in-Ribblesdale falls at a weekend, a transfer may be required to take you to your accommodation. Please contact us for more information.


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

Day 1

Edale to Crowden(T). 17.5 miles (28km) / 2402 ft (732 m) ascent

Day 2

Crowden(T) to Hebden Bridge. 27.5 miles (44km) / 3278 ft (999 m) ascent

Day 3

Hebden Bridge to Ickornshaw/Cowling(T). 17.5 miles (28km) / 2785 ft (849 m) ascent

Day 4

Ickornshaw/Cowling(T) to Malham. 18 miles (28.5km) / 2231 ft (680 m) ascent

Day 5

Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L). 14.5 miles (23km) / 2664 ft (812 m) ascent


Depart from Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L) 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?

  • 6 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, consider taking an extra night in Malham, where you can visit the National Park Information Centre and spend some more time absorbing the beauty of nearby Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janet's Foss.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 94.5 miles (151.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Maximum daily distance: 27.5 miles (44 km)
Code: PENS1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Edale
End of holiday: Horton-in-Ribblesdale(L)

Route Profile

Pennine Way - South 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 Manchester and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Edale) and at the end of the trail (Horton-in-Ribblesdale).

By Bus - There are no direct bus services to Edale. Various bus services run from Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

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

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch the train from Horton-in-Ribblesdale 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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Customer reviews from the Pennine Way - South Section

“Our 5th Contours holiday and right up there with the best. Amazing scenery, open spaces, warm beds and friendly local people. And we only got soaked once! We really benefited from the rest day in the middle (clearly showing our age!) and would recommend to others who want to take on a challenging walk without overdoing it.”
Mrs Thurgood, UK
“A tough walk but amazing experience.”
Mrs Carrington, UK
“Planning and details excellent. The walk fantastic. The hostels, hotels and B&BS all of a very high standard. Thoroughly enjoyable!”
Mr Parr, Denmark
“Only the weather let us down and we appreciate you can't help with that!”
Mrs Taylor, UK
“The holiday was well-organised and the accommodation was of a high standard.”
Mrs Russell, UK
“Tailored exactly right to meet my needs. Booking was very simple and adaptions to proposals were readily incorporated without fuss.”
Mr Swift, UK
“The weather could have been better but it probably added to the sense of achievement. Great walk with excellent accommodation.”
Dr Hicks, UK
“The B&B's were all excellent with very kind and friendly people. We thoroughly enjoyed our Pennine way walk and found the map book and guide book you sent useful. Thank you for the help and guidance, we would definitely recommend you to others.”
Mr Richardson, UK