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Pennine Way Central
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ The most spectacular Pennine Way sights in one week
+ Simple planning removes the hassle
+ Good advice on routes, sights and itineraries

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

Walk for 7 days over the most exhilarating stages of the Pennine Way. From Malham in the Yorkshire Dales to Alston in the North Pennines, cover 170km (106 miles) of bold scenery on an independent walking holiday.

The Pennine Way crosses wild moors, high hills and ancient fields. Set off from Malham at the start of your trek, quickly reaching Malham Cove and later on Malham Tarn. An ascent of Pen-y-ghent, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, sets the scene for the grandeur of the walk. Progress North through Hawes and Keld, leaving the limestone Dales behind for the North Pennines. Highlights of the route include the isolated Tan Hill Inn, the waterfall at High Force, the vast glacial ampitheatre of High Cup Nick, and the highest point in the Pennines on Cross Fell.

At the end of each day is the satisfaction of having walked a full Pennine Way stage. The route's reputation as boggy is undeserved nowadays, thanks to many path improvements. This trip follows the official route, missing nothing out. By completing this Central section, the Southern and Northern sections can be walked in roughly 6 days each to complete the route between Edale and Kirk Yetholm.

Your accommodation along the Pennine Way is in a mixture of welcoming guesthouses and old inns. Some of the stopovers are quintessentially Pennine and with luck will leave a lasting impression of tranquility.

Map showing the route of UK Exploratory's Pennine Way Central Self-Guided walking holiday

Happy clients

"Fantastic place, the dinner (and breakfast) was amazing, everyone should stay here!"

"Very friendly, informative email at the outset... responded quickly and helpfully to all our emails. Everything worked smoothly throughout the trip - baggage, accommodation etc. Many thanks!"

Fiona, UK
(Pennine Way Central)

Key information Summer 2018


7 stages (8 nights) £590 pp
£200 single supplement, £80 per dog
Pennine Way (self-guided)

We take 7 stages as the norm; please ask us about a shorter or longer trip

7 days' trekking
Yorkshire Dales & North Pennines
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Malham
Ending in Alston
Typical walk 25km, 600m ascent
Highest altitude 893m

Research 2017
April 2017 (Simon)

Walkers by a gate on the Pennine Way
A typical gate (Photo gallery)

8 nights, staying in:
B&Bs, guesthouses and inns (8)

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card

Season for self-guided treks
1 May to 23 September 2018
1 May to 22 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Trek on your ideal dates

Grassholme Reservoir in Lunedale between Bowes and Middleton-in-Teesdale on the Pennine Way
In Lunedale (Photo gallery)

Add baggage transfer
Add a rest day or two
Walk it faster or slower
Stay some nights in hostels

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Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
A guide to the trek - our background page
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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We are a small team based in Edinburgh in the UK. 2018 will be our 14th Summer in the Alps, the 12th on our UK routes, and our first in Norway.

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