Stunning views, packhorse trails and limestone pavements
What is the Pennine Bridleway?
The Pennine Bridleway is a 205 miles (330 Km) long National Trail running through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria. It has been especially designed for horse riders, and is also great for mountain bikers and walkers.
The Trail has two potential starting points in Derbyshire, the main one being at Middleton Top visitor centre on the High Peak Trail near Wirksworth. The second start point, which is recommended for horse riders, is at Hartington Station on the Tissington Trail.
The Trail includes 2 large loops. The first is the Mary Towneley Loop in the South Pennines. This is 47 miles long and makes a great weekend’s walk or ride. The 2nd Loop is the 10 mile Settle Loop in the Yorkshire Dales. This makes an excellent days walk or horse ride and can be extended by using the bridleway network to take in the village of Malham too.
Highlights of the Trail include the vibrant, clean and green Chee Dale Nature Reserve; the Kinder plateau which provide stunning views either side of the exhilarating Roych Clough; panoramic views of the Pennines and the valleys of Calderdale, Rochdale and Lancashire; the 6 compartmented water trough at Mankinholes where packhorse ponies stopped for rest and the famous Rochdale Canal.
New paths link with old and zig zag up down and across the Lancashire moors en-route to the village of Wycoller with its ancient packhorse bridge. The north Lancashire stretch offers a more pastoral scene and a bit of a breather before reaching the Dales. The Yorkshire Dales section features classic limestone landscapes of Malham and the Yorkshire peaks of Ingleborough and Whernside. The views just keep coming once up on Lady Anne’s Highway with views along the Mallerstang valley and a final push from the High Dolphinsty to the Cumbrian village of Ravenstonedale.
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Who can enjoy the Pennine Bridleway National Trail?
Taking your dog on Pennine Bridleway
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Maps and Guidebooks for the Pennine Bridleway
Pennine Bridleway Merchandise
Map of the Pennine Bridleway
What are National Trails?
Which trails are National Trails?
Are there National Trails in Scotland?
Scotland's Great Trails are:
- Annandale Way
- Arran Coastal Way
- Ayrshire Coastal Path
- Berwickshire Coastal Path
- Borders Abbeys Way
- Cateran Trail
- Clyde Walkway
- Cross Borders Drove Road
- Dava Way
- Fife Coastal Path
- Formartine and Buchan Way
- Forth & Clyde/Union Canal Towpath
- Great Glen Canoe Trail
- Great Glen Way
- Great Trossachs Path
- John Muir Way
- Kintyre Way
- Loch Lomond & Cowal Way
- Moray Coast Trail
- Mull of Galloway Trail
- River Ayr Way
- Rob Roy Way
- Romans and Reivers Route
- Southern Upland Way
- Speyside Way
- St Cuthbert’s Way
- Three Lochs Way
- West Highland Way
- West Island Way