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Walking the 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

About the Pennine Way National Trail


The Pennine Way National Trail is a 268 mile (429 Km) walking route from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. While walking the Pennine Way, you will cross 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 Withens, Malham Cove, Pen-y-ghent, Tan Hill, High Force, Cauldron Snout, High Cup Nick, Cross Fell, Hadrian’s Wall and The Cheviot.  

Check Out Our Pennine Way Merchandise  

Walking the Pennine Way doesn’t have to be completed in one go to enjoy the best it has to offer. You can find maps and merchandise, along with books that include short walks on the Pennine Way here:  

How Long Does Walking the Pennine Way Take, End to End?

You can spend as little or as long as you like walking 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 for walking the Pennine Way.  

How Hard is Walking the Pennine Way?  

The Pennine Way follows the Pennines meaning it is hilly and remote in places, with some harder sections. Know your limitations - the first couple of days of walking the Pennine Way are quite hard and if you are unprepared may be a bit much so consider doing a few weekends of 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.

When Walking the Pennine Way, Which Direction Should I Go?  

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 Walking 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 Pennines are advised to try the Pennine Bridleway National Trail, purpose built and a real challenge.

Can I Bring My Dog While Walking on the Pennine Way?  

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

What is the Best Time of Year for Walking the Pennine Way?  

The best weather while walking the Pennine Way is usually from mid May to September, however it can be enjoyed all year round. Check the weather forecast daily as the Pennines receive around 2.5 metres of rain a year and can be windswept. You need to be prepared for hot sun, heavy rain and in the winter months, higher ground can get heavy snowfall. 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 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