The Pennine Way

From Edale to Kirk Yetholm

By Paddy Dillon

Guidebook to the Pennine Way National Trail with OS map booklet. The 270 mile route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm takes three weeks to walk and is suitable for fit and experienced long distance walkers. The route crosses the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines National Parks. Includes separate OS 1:25,000 map booklet of the route.



This National Trail is essentially a summer walk, though it can be completed in spring or autumn, the winter months are solely for dedicated and experienced long-distance walkers.


Edale, Crowden, Hebden Bridge, Cowling, Gargrave, Malham, Horton in Ribblesdale, Hawes, Keld, Bowes, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Dufton, Alston, Hadrian's Wall, Bellingham, Byrness, Kirk Yetholm


The Pennine Way is a challenging walk, often across high, exposed moorlands. No problems on fine, sunny days, but some parts can be exceptionally difficult in bad weather. In mist, careful navigation is required, but on the whole the route is well-signposted. Suitable for backpackers and youth hostellers, but ample B&B accommodation is also available. Previous long-distance walking experience is an advantage.
Must See

Must See

Peak District National Park - Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill; South Pennines - Stoodley Pike and Brontë Country; Yorkshire Dales National Park - Malham Cove, Pen-y-Ghent and Great Shunner Fell; North Pennines AONB - Teesdale, High Cup and Cross Fell; Northumberland National Park - Hadrian's Wall and the Cheviot Hills
3 Mar 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    The Pennine Way is Britain's oldest, toughest long-distance footpath – and arguably its most iconic. Now a National Trail, the 427km (265½ mile) route from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders offers wayfarers the opportunity to immerse themselves in wild beauty of the North. The Pennines boast rolling hills, sweeping moorland and wide glacial valleys, and the Pennine Way has come to embody personal challenge and adventure.

    This guidebook presents the route in 20 daily stages of 10.5-31.5km (6½-19½ miles). Step-by-step route description is accompanied by 1:100,000 mapping and information about points of interest along the way, as well as advice on facilities and planning your trip, tips for walking the route and an alternative 15-day itinerary. Useful contacts and full accommodation listings can be found in the appendices. In addition, the guide includes a pocket-sized map booklet containing all the OS 1:25,000 mapping needed to complete the trail, saving the need to carry numerous map sheets.

    The Pennine Way crosses three National Parks – the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland National Park – and other highlights include Cross Fell, the highest point in England outside of the Lake District; the Cheviot Hills; Kinder Scout; the limestone cliffs of Malham Cove; the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall. Overnight options range from camping to a mixture of hostels and B&Bs and there is great camaraderie amongst wayfarers. With a wealth of information to help you get the most from your trip, Paddy Dillon's guide is an ideal companion to discovering this classic trail.

  • Contents

    Wanted: A Long Green Trail
    Planning your trip
    Choosing an itinerary
    When to walk
    Travel to and from the Pennine Way
    Travel along the Pennine Way
    First and last nights
    Food and drink
    Baggage transfer
    What to take
    Planning day to day
    Using this guide
    Additional mapping
    Waymarking and access
    Weather forecasts
    Phones and Wi-Fi
    All about the Pennines
    Pennine geology
    Pennine scenery
    The Helm Wind
    Plant life
    The Pennine Way
    Day 1 Edale to Torside
    Day 2 Torside to Standedge
    Day 3 Standedge to Callis Bridge or Hebden Bridge
    Day 4 Callis Bridge or Hebden Bridge to Ickornshaw
    Day 5 Ickornshaw to Gargrave
    Day 6 Gargrave to Malham
    Day 7 Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale
    Day 8 Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes
    Day 9 Hawes to Keld
    Day 10 Keld to Baldersdale or Bowes
    Day 11 Baldersdale or Bowes to Middleton-in-Teesdale
    Day 12 Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck
    Day 13 Langdon Beck to Dufton
    Day 14 Dufton to Alston
    Day 15 Alston to Greenhead
    Day 16 Greenhead to Housesteads
    Day 17 Housesteads to Bellingham
    Day 18 Bellingham to Byrness
    Day 19 Byrness to Clennell Street
    Day 20 Clennell Street to Kirk Yetholm

    Appendix A Useful contacts
    Appendix B Accommodation list
    Appendix C Further reading

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    Oct 2018

    Appendix B

    Day 4

    Ickornshaw - Winterhouse Barn no longer offering bed and breakfast.

    Cowling - Woodland House is no longer operating.

    Day 19

    Cocklawfoot Farm B&B ( this may no longer be operating contact them in advance )

    September 2018

    There is a campsite in Ickornshaw, the Squirrel Wood campsite. For more information email Adrian:

    May 2017

    NB: Missing text between page 92-93 should read:

    Do not go into field ahead containing " a barn, but go into the one to the right of it. Follow a fence, then turn left and climb through another..." field.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.​

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