(Pennine Way) Pen-y-ghent
PENNINE WAY (SELF-GUIDED)   19 stages . 22 nights . Northern England   Booking

Pennine Way
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Complete the UK's classic trek, the Pennine Way
+ Tough, bleak but magnificent landscapes
+ Expert advice to find your ideal schedule

Latest news September 2019
Please ask us about a trip. We are now taking bookings for our 2020 season. Thank you!

The Pennine Way runs from Edale to Kirk Yetholm across England highest mountains outside the Lake District: the Pennines and the Cheviot Hills. This trek completes this classic route in one go.

Subtle changes of scenery occur throughout the Pennine Way. The dark gritstone of the Peak Distict gives way to the limestone Yorkshire Dales. What might be a surprise is just how much of the Pennines there is. Trekkers who have visited the Dales will find the hills extend much further North, to the North Pennines in fact and then to the Cheviots. Corners of Northern England are reached that despite being on a recognised route have an untouched feel.

If the whole route in three weeks doesn't appeal, you might consider taking 2, 3 or more trips to complete the route. Week-long trips (our South, Central and North weeks) or a series of long weekends are practical and give a sense of a campaign. Please contact us to discuss these approaches.

Your accommodation along the Pennine Way is a real variety from guesthouses to hotels tucked away in the hills. We go for friendliness, handy locations and good standards.


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


Alpine Exploratory
PEWsg Pennine Way (Self-guided)
12 May to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
19 stages
2 rest days
(22 nights)

Please ask 1,580
Singles 550
220 per dog
Singles 660
220 per dog
Specialised schedules
21 stages
2 rest days
(24 nights)

Please ask 1,700
Singles 600
240 per dog
Singles 720
240 per dog
Baggage transfer Please ask us

Baggage transfer

Our baggage service on the Pennine Way takes your bag to each night's accommodation. Each morning simply leave your bag with your host or at reception. Please ask us for our prices which depend on the numbers in your group.


We can adjust your Pennine Way in various ways, as follows:

Fewer long days
The Pennine topography lends itself to days of 25km, give or take, and makes it curiously difficult to walk longer days... unless you go very much faster! We suggest that our 19-stage trek is hard enough for most groups, including as it does the long day to Dufton (35.5km) and Alston (33km). We can split these stages, albeit unevenly, and this results in our 21-stage trek.

Different accommodation
At some stops we can book smarter hotels, or alternatively dormitory/hostel accommodation. A typical Pennines village has limited places to stay but larger ones have a mix like this. It is no longer possible to complete the Pennine Way staying only in YHA youth hostels but these plus private bunkhouses can form part of your trip.

See more of England
Standardly we include rest days in Malham and Alston, two small market towns. Take buses to Richmond and Carlisle respectively, bigger towns in the North. Please ask us to advise on Manchester and Edinburgh (Scotland) as the natural cities at start and end.. the bus or train rides are very scenic too.

The route

Our approach to the Pennine Way
Your route follows the official Pennine Way. Set off from Edale to cross the High Peak towards the South Pennine towns of Hebden Bridge and Howarth. Low moors then grassy plains take you to the Yorkshire Dales at Malham. Delightful stages to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Hawes and Keld follow. The North Pennines now beckon and you cross back West to Dufton before climbing Cross Fell. Alston and a low stage lie on the way to Hadrian�s Wall. A day on the wall is diverting, then strike off North into the wilds: bold forests and bleak moors. The Cheviots come as a final obstacle, almost cruelly so, but immensely rewarding and beautiful. Kirk Yetholm is the final haven; time to celebrate!

The Pennine Way's gradients are for the most part gentle in comparison to much UK mountain walking; this follows the route's nature as a series of moorland crossings. Certain parts of the route involve steep ground, in particular the ascents of Pen-y-ghent and Cross Fell. Underfoot the route is reasonably solid, on dusty or potentially muddy paths and across fields but rarely - except in the Northern stages - on very muddy open moorland.

How to get there

Your holiday starts in Edale and ends in Kirk Yetholm. Edale is on the train line between Manchester and Sheffield; Kirk Yetholm is linked to a good bus network to Berwick-upon-Tweed and Carlisle where trains run North and South. If flying, we suggest Manchester for the start and Edinburgh or Manchester for the end.

Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.

Happy clients

"Thank you for your friendly, expert, efficient service from the day we first made enquiries. Even as we were on the trip, we were recommending you to fellow walkers and will continue to do so.

"A very comprehensive pack. Everything was easy to follow.

"The holiday exceeded our expectations. A truly memorable experience. We will be scanning your website for next year!!"

Mark & Karen Drake
(Pennine Way)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Pennine Way
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: PEWsg
Route: PEW Pennine Way
(See our background page on the Pennine Way)
(Prefer South, Central or North weeks?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 19 days' trekking, 2 rest days
Start: Edale in the Peak Distict
End: Kirk Yetholm in the Borders
Typical walk: 24km, 620m ascent
Total distance: 429km or 268 miles
Highest altitude: 893m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

Our classic mix of accommodation, per person:

PEWsg 19 stages, 2 rest days
GBP 1,580 (singles 550, dog 220)
Pennine Way (self-guided)

PEWsg 21 stages, 2 rest days
GBP 1,700 (singles 600, dog 240)
Pennine Way (self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Rob Gale at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Pennine Way will be led by:
Rob Gale in March

Recces 2019

The Roman road of Dere Street in the Cheviots
The Cheviots (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

22 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (12)
Small hotels (5)
Inns (4)
Hostels (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards PEW1-19 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
12 May to 15 September 2019
3 May to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

Kirk Yetholm, end of a long voyage
Kirk Yetholm (Photo gallery)

Find out more

About our walking holidays Our FAQs page covering equipment, weather, insurance and more about how our trips work

Walking guides Our background page on the   Pennine Way

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