Discover the Pennine Way

30th July 2015

There are many ways to explore the Pennine Way, from a 19 day challenge, a fortnight's holiday, a strenuous day walk or a gentle amble. 

Walking the Pennine Way truly is a once in a lifetime experience, and around 2,000 people walk the full 268 miles each year. To walk the full trail from end-to-end takes an average of 16-19 days, but there are other ways to explore the trail. The traditional end-to-end walk is described in detail in the official Pennine Way guidebook by Damian Hall.

A new guidebook to the ‘Heart of the Pennine Way’ has recently been launched, which takes you through 165 miles of the Mid Pennine Way from Hebden Bridge to Hadrian’s Wall. The Mid Pennine Way is a glorious trail along the backbone of England, from the wild moors of West Yorkshire to the rich southern borders of the Northumberland National Park. It features almost all the highlights to be found along the Pennine Way, including the stunning limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales, the dramatic waterfalls and wild open moors of the Durham Dales and the very best section of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. This can be easily completed within a fortnight’s holiday, or it can be tackled in several stages using the beautiful and iconic Settle to Carlisle railway to access the route at key points.

Fifty circular walks have been developed, which between them cover the entire Pennine Way; one for every year of its age. The walks vary in length and difficulty, and details of all are available to view on an interactive online map and downloadable walk leaflet. These walks are the ideal taster of what the Pennine Way has to offer.

There are several sections of the Pennine Way which offer access for all; stile-free, surfaced paths which are suitable for less-able walkers and even wheelchairs and motorised 'Trampers'. The Yorkshire Dales has two such routes at the iconic Malham Cove and Malham Tarn. More details of these are available from the National Park website.  

The Pennine Way will inspire all who set foot on it; however they decide to plan their adventure. From end-to-end, the Mid-Pennine Way, or one of the 50 circular day walks, the choice is yours!

Plan your adventure on the Pennine Way here. Circular walks can be found here

The Heart of the Pennine Way guide is available online from, or through all good bookshops. A donation from every sale will be made towards maintaining the Pennine Way.  

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Malham Cove is one of the locations accessible to all - Pennine National Trails Partnership