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Pennine way

Pennine Way National Trail - Stoodley Pike
Pennine Way National Trail - The Trails Shop
Pennine Way National Trail - The Trails Shop
Pennine Way National Trail - The Trails Shop

What is the Pennine Way?


The Pennine Way National Trail is a 268 mile (429 Km) walking route from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. It crosses some of the finest upland landscapes in England, from the Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the North Pennines and over Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to the Cheviots. 


Originally the inspiration of walker and writer Tom Stephenson in an article published in 1935 in the Daily Herald titled 'Wanted: A Long Green Trail', the Pennine Way was designated by the Countryside Agency in 1965 as Britain's first National Trail.


Today the Pennine Way is one of the most famous and popular walks in the country. To many the Pennine Way is much more than a walk, it is part of the history of access to the hills in England, and walking the Pennine Way makes you part of that story. The Trail passes through three National Parks, The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two National Nature Reserves and 20 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The variety of habitats make it one of the best places in Europe to observe birds like breeding waders in the spring and early summer. Highlights include Kinder Scout, Stoodley Pike, Top Withins, Malham Cove, Pen-y-ghent, Tan Hill, High Force, Cauldron Snout, High Cup Nick, Cross Fell, Hadrian’s Wall and The Cheviot.    

How long does it take to walk the Pennine Way end to end?

You can spend as little or as long as you like walking on the Pennine Way National Trail. Some people like to walk the full length between Edale and Kirk Yetholm. Others like to spend a week, a few days or even a day at a time taking in spectacular lengths of the route. Most full length walkers allow between 16 to 19 days to walk the Pennine Way.  

How hard is the Pennine Way?

The Pennine Way follows the Pennines – it is hilly and in places remote. Some sections are harder than others. Know your limitations - the first couple of days on the Pennine Way are quite hard and if you are unprepared may be a bit much - do a few weekends hill walking in preparation! If you aren’t sure perhaps try a circular walk on the Trail, or walk some of the gentler sections in the Yorkshire Dales or North Pennine valleys.    

Which direction should I walk the Pennine Way in?

It's best to walk south to north - you get the wind at your back and all the guidebooks are written in this direction!

Who can enjoy the Pennine Way National Trail?

The Pennine Way is a route for walkers. 30% of the Trail is along public bridleways, but these are fragmented and often steep with rough loose surfaces. Cyclists and equestrians looking for a trail in the Pennine are advised to try the Pennine Bridleway National Trail - purpose built and a real challenge  

Taking your dog on the Pennine Way.

Your dog is welcome on the Pennine Way. Much of the Trail is across land where sheep or cattle may be grazing. Please respect farmers and their livestock and keep your dog on a lead or under close control. Cows with calves are very protective and can be aggressive towards dogs. Try to avoid walking close to cows with calves, if you encounter any aggression release your dog, do not try to pick it up. it up.  

What is the best time of year to walk the Pennine Way?

The best weather on the Pennine Way is usually from mid May to September, however it can be walked all year round. Check the weather forecast daily - the Pennines receive around 2.5 metres of rain a year and can be windswept. You need to be prepared for hot sun and heavy rain. With wind-chill the temperatures on the summits can be zero even in summer.  

Can I buy Pennine Way merchandise?

We sell a range of Pennine Way merchandise including enamel badges, sew on badges, mugs and other merchandise. 

Can I get a Pennine Way Way National Trail completion certificate?

Our personalised Pennine Way completion certificate is a great momento for anyone that has completed the trail.

Guidebooks for the Pennine Way

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Maps for the Pennine Way

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Pennine Way Merchandise

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Map of the Pennine Way

What are National Trails?

National Trails offer some of the best long-distance walking, riding and cycling experiences in England and Wales, officially supported by Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. All of the National Trails are within easy reach of buses, trains and the services of nearby towns and villages. In fact nowhere in England or Wales is more than 50 miles / 80km from a National Trail. Each National Trail has dedicated staff, often working with local volunteers, to look after the physical condition of the Trail, keeping paths, gates, stiles and signs in the best condition.

Are there National Trails in Scotland?

In Scotland long-distance routes are called Scotland's Great Trails. There are 29 routes, at least 25 miles in length providing over 1,900 miles of well managed paths from the Borders to the Highlands. Each is distinctively waymarked, largely off road and has a range of visitor services and are are suitable for multi-day outings as well as day trips.


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