“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch

Country | England
Distance | 430 km (268 miles)
Route | Edale to Kirk Yetholm
Duration | 16-20 Days
Official Website

From Edale to Kirk Yetholm, the Pennine Way is a unique 430km (268 miles) hiking track taking you through rugged terrain and along mountain tops in the north of England.

This walk will test your endurance skills as you will encounter England’s harshest weather conditions. Each section has its unique rewards and challenges, making it an unforgettable trip.

Accommodation is available in all sorts, ranging from campsites, hostels and hotels. This makes it accessible for all ages and comfort requirements.

Track logistics are easily overcome by the availability of towns and transport options. Although some sections prove to be remote and some planning is needed.

The trail is well marked, but a map or guidebook is highly recommended. I used the official guidebook, but of course there are other options available on Amazon.

For the official Pennine Way trailer, click here.

Pennine Way elevation profile. Source:nationaltrail.co.uk

Sections

The Pennine Way National Trail is officially 429 km (258 mile) long and crosses the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North Pennines, Hadrian’s wall and the Cheviots.

The Pennine Way is split into 16 sections, with each section offering unique landscapes and challenges.

 
 

For more information and details, check out this websitenationaltrail.co.uk gives a detailed overview of the sections of the Pennine Way. 

To create your own custom itinerary for the Pennine Way, click here. Personally I would take 18-20 days to complete the trail. Even though the trail is split into 16 sections, walking the Pennine Way in 16 days is a big challenge.

If you want to follow my journey along the Pennine Way, check out my videos here.

 

How to get to the Pennine Way?

Because the walk takes you 268 miles North or South, the easiest way to get to your starting point is by public transport to either Edale or Kirk Yetholm. 

There are many places along the way where you can take a bus or train back to where you started. Most common places to catch public transport are Edale, Hebden Bridge, Gargrave, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Dufton, Byrness and Kirk Yetholm.

For information on trains, check out the national rail website here.

Checkout this website for your best itinerary.

Accommodation on the Pennine Way

The Pennine Way offers a wide range of accommodation options along the way. Depending on your desired level of luxury, you could stay in private rooms, bunk rooms or camp.

Hostels on the Pennine Way

Below is a list of hostels from South to North. Check them out at tripadvisor.com for a detailed rating and overview.

1. YHA Edale
2. YHA Mankinholes
3. Hebden Bridge Hostel
4. YHA Haworth, Haworth
5. Earby Hostel
6. Airton Barn, Airton
7. YHA Malham, Malham
8. Golden Lion Bunkroom, Horton-in-Ribblesdale
9. 3 Peaks Bunkroom, Horton-in-Ribblesdale
10. YHA Hawes, Hawes
11. Keld Bunkhouse, Keld
12. Tan Hill Inn, Tan Hill
13. Clove Lodge, Baldersdale
14. YHA Langdon Beck, Forest-in-Teesdale
15. YHA Dufton, Dufton
16. YHA Alston, Alston
17. Greenhead Independent Hostel, Greenhead
18. YHA Hadrian’s Wall
19. YHA Bellingham, Bellingham
20. Kirk Yetholm Hostel, Kirk Yetholm

 

Campsites near the Pennine Way

Wild camping is not allowed along the Pennine Way, but there are regular campsites along the way that offer some pretty good facilities. If you do decide to wild camp, please be mindful and leave no trace.

For a comprehensive list of all campsites near the Pennine Way, visit campsites.co.uk. They offer detailed information and specific locations of all 88 campsites along the way.

 

Hiking Gear List

For a complete list of the gear that I took with me on the hike, click here. The link will take you to my lighterpack gear list and includes weight and links to more info. 

Check out the gear section to find more information on how to choose the best hiking gear.

 

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