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Pennine Way North
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Complete the tough, remote Northern PW stages
+ Enjoy the walking with your accommodation booked
+ See Hadrian's Wall, the Cheviot Hills and Kirk Yetholm

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

The Pennine Way runs from Edale to Kirk Yetholm across England's backbone: the Pennines and the Cheviot Hills. This week-long trek completes the top third of the route, from Alston to Kirk Yetholm.

The walking is grand; sometimes bleak, but magnificent overall. After a rolling start, Hadrian's Wall is followed over some dramatic sections before it is left behind to strike off North to the Cheviots. Two classic Pennine Way stages of mixed valley, forest and moorland follow, ending in Bellingham and then Byrness. The Cheviot Hills form a last obstacle before Kirk Yetholm; our standard schedule tackles them over two days that make a fitting end to the walk.

There is a sense of occasion when finishing any PW stage, due to the path's status as the oldest, most famous and about the most challenging in the UK. Alston and Kirk Yetholm are very pleasant start and end points. Many variations are possible and we can also move your baggage between stops, as an extra, to reduce your load.

Your accommodation along the Pennine Way North is a good mix of friendly guesthouses and B&Bs, chosen for friendliness, handy locations and good standards.

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

Happy Clients

"The info pack was packed full of useful and helpful information.

"We had a really enjoyable holiday. Everyone we met was very friendly, the scenery was breathtaking and we even got an unexpected suntan! It all ran very smoothly through your company's arrangements and attention to detail. I was never anxious about the nuts and bolts of the holiday just getting the miles covered!"

Amanda Maister
(Pennine Way North)

Key information Summer 2018


6 stages (7 nights) £540 pp
£175 single supplement, £70 per dog
Pennine Way (self-guided)

We take 6 stages as the norm; please ask us about a shorter or longer trip

6 days' trekking
North Pennines & Cheviot Hills
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Alston
Ending in Kirk Yetholm
Typical walk 21km, 620m ascent
Highest altitude 743m

Research 2017
April 2017 (Simon)

The huge but tidy cairn on Padon Hill
Padon Hill (Photo gallery)

7 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (7)

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

The view back from The Schill to the higher Cheviot Hills
The Cheviot Hills (Photo gallery)

Add baggage transfer
Start at Hadrian's Wall
Walk the Cheviots in one day
Stay some nights in hostels

Find out more

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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