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Pennine Way Mid Section – Self Guided - 9 Days

at a glance


Day 1 Arrive Horton in Ribblesdale. Stay Overnight -
Day 2 Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes - 14 miles (22 kilometres)
Day 3 Hawes to Keld - 13 miles (21 kilometres)
Day 4 Keld to Bowes - 13 miles (21 kilometres)
Day 5 Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale - 12 miles (19 kilometres)
Day 6 Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck - 10 miles (16 kilometres) includes 2 extra miles to accommodation
Day 7 Langdon Beck to Dufton - 13 miles (21 kilometres) includes 2 miles from accommodation back to trail
Day 8 Dufton to Alston - 19.5 miles (31.5 kilometres)
Day 9 Departure Day -
  • Grade: Grade 2

Standard Package Includes:

  • Total Distance - 94.5 miles / 152km 
  • Holiday start date between 1st April and 30th September
  • Cicerone guidebook with map
  • 8 Nights B&B En-Suite Room Basis
  • Price based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Luggage transfers
  • Any transfers to overnight accommodations listed.
  • End transfer to Haltwhistle train station.
  • Emergency Telephone Support
  • Holiday Information Pack

Holiday Options

  • Solo walker supplement - £625 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • Single room supplement - £400
  • Take a dog - £100
  • Take a bag for your dog - £110
  • Additional Night - £130 - Room Rate
  • GPS rental - £60

NEW FOR 2024! - Pennine Way Mid Section -Self Guided - 9 Days

This 94.5 mile mid section of the Pennine Way starts at Horton in Ribblesdale, in North Yorkshire and finishes in the Cumbrian town of Alston, the highest market town in England.

Classed as a moderate, grade 2 holiday for the most part but be prepared for your last day, a 19 mile walk across the infamous Cross Fell. 

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive Horton in Ribblesdale. Overnight Stay in Horton in Ribblesdale.
Day 2 – Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes – 14 miles (22 km)
Day 3 – Hawes to Keld – 13 miles (21 km)
Day 4 – Keld to Bowes – 13 miles (21 km)
Day 5 – Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale – 12 miles (19 km)
Day 6 – Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck plus 2 miles to accommodation – 10 miles (16 km) 
Day 7 – Langdon Beck to Dufton, including 2 miles from accommodation – 13 miles (21 km)
Day 8 – Dufton to Alston - 19.5 miles (31.5km)
Day 9 - Departure Day

 

This is a dog friendly holiday - Please request more details before booking if you would like to bring your dog as suitable accommodation is extremely limited and can not be guaranteed!

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Day 1 Arrive Horton in Ribblesdale. Stay Overnight -

Your arrival day into the region, ready for your holiday! 

Horton in Ribblesdale is the start of the Pennine Way Mid and so your arrival point.

With its excellent train service connections we highly recommend arriving by train. Your accommodation is a short stroll away.

Enjoy a relaxing evening in the Horton in Ribblesdale area!


Day 2 Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes - 14 miles (22 kilometres)

Today you will leave Horton in ribblesdale and walk to Hawes, following old packhorse tracks. Take in the views of the Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside as you go, plus cross Dodd Fell.

You will spend the evening in the vicinity of Hawes.


Day 3 Hawes to Keld - 13 miles (21 kilometres)

Follow the Pennine Way as you leave Hawes and climb up the side of Great Shunner Fell, the third highest mountain in Yorkshire. The path is mostly paved to the summit shelter and (weather permitting) fantastic, wide-ranging views across the surrounding dales and hills are enjoyed. The path drops down into Swaledale and the picturesque village of Thwaite before skirting the lower slopes of Kisdon to arrive in Keld.

This remote village is the meeting point of three long distance walks –The Herriot Way, The Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast –and as accommodation here is at a premium you may be transferred back to Hawes for a second night's stay. 


Day 4 Keld to Bowes - 13 miles (21 kilometres)

Todays route will take you past The Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in Britain!

The inn was used by the local coal mining clientele as well as packhorse traders. You will certainly see evidence of the lost coal mine indusry as you walk this section of the path. 

As you continue on from the inn, you are now leaving the Yorkshire Dales behind you and entering the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty. You walk along with the Frumming Beck and Sleightholme Beck Gorge. 

When you reach Trough Heads Farm signpost you will take the Bowes loop and continue onto Bowes, walking past the 12th century castle and St Giles Church. The church has many fascinating gravestones, including that of a young boy and headmaster from the nearby school, which Charles dickens used as inspiration for his novel Nicholas Nickelby. Another stone on the outer wall of the church describes The Lovers Tragedy, and tells a story which was later immortalised in verrse by David Mallet in his 18th century poem, Edwin and Emma.

After exploring the castle and church, you will spend this evening in the vicinity of Bowes.


Day 5 Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale - 12 miles (19 kilometres)

Leaving Bowes you will pass the former site of RAF Bowes, used to store and dispose of chemical weapons. Today the chemicals are long gone but the surrounding land is out of bounds and still tested for toxicity. 

Carry on along the Bowes loop to rejoin the main Pennine Way, heading towards Clove Lodge, passing Goldsborough Carr, know for its rock climbing.

At Clove Lodge you will rejoin the main Pennine Way and after passing by Blackton Reservoir, you will walk through Hannah’s Meadow Nature Reserve. Continue and cross the bridge over Grassholme Reservoir. If the river level is low, you may see the older twin arched stone bridge peeping up through the River Lune, as you cross the bridge.

As you continue on notice the distinct clump of trees to your right, Kirkcarrion, thought to be the burial site of a Bronze age chieftain, Price Caryn.

You soon arrive in Middleton in Teesdale, where you will spend your evening.


Day 6 Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck - 10 miles (16 kilometres) includes 2 extra miles to accommodation

This is a gentler day’s walking, mostly following the path of the River Tees, Harwood Beck and finishing at the Langdon Beck. It is also a day for seeing the many waterfalls along the route, including High Force, England’s most powerful waterfall.

There are bridges along the way, giving beautiful views across the river. Just remember to pay careful attention to your map and ensure you should be crossing the bridge to continue along the Pennine Way.

At Saur Hill Bridge you will continue on to Langdon Beck and your accommodation for the evening.


Day 7 Langdon Beck to Dufton - 13 miles (21 kilometres) includes 2 miles from accommodation back to trail

You will begin today by rejoining the Pennine Way path at Sayer Hill. Shortly you will begin to follow the River Tees, crossing duckboards, path and boulders as you go. At the point where you leave the River Tees behind and the Maize Beck begins, you will see the magnificent cascading water chanel of the Cauldron Snout.
Take care as you navigate your way around the rock steps next to the cascade, which can be slippery.

You continue to follow the Maize Beck through a moorland section until you separate from the beck at the High Cup Nick. As you walk past the gap, look back and you will see Nichol's Chair. This was named after a Dufton cobbler who climbed the column and soled a pair of shoes on the top. Remember to have your camera ready for these breath-taking views! 

Continue on to Dufton, were you will be transferred to your evening's accommodation. 


Day 8 Dufton to Alston - 19.5 miles (31.5 kilometres)

This is the longest day on this mid section and a hard day's walking too, with the formidable Cross Fell to navigate. 

You will begin the day leaving Dufton and heading for the first of your summits, Knock Fell. There is a square cairn prior to the actual summit itself, known as Knock Old Man. If it is a clear day you will be able to see the randome on top of Great Dun Fell ahead of you, your next summit.Your next summit is the great Cross Fell, the summit of which is marked by a cairn, trig point and cross shelter. 

The route continues, where you will follow a path of cairns as you navigate a boggy section downhill, towards Greg's hut. Continue along the path now towards Garrigill, where the route meets the River South Tyne. 

Continue on through Garrigill, the home of Beldy Waterfall, and follow the river into Alston, where you will spend your last evening's stay.


Day 9 Departure Day -

After spending some time relaxing after your long day's walk yesterday, we will collect you and transfer you to Haltwhistle train station for your onward journey home. 

Alternatively, if pre arranged with us, we can transfer you directly to either Carlisle or Newcastle Upon Tyne (See supplement).


WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES

(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Cicerone guidebook with map and instructions specific to your trip, including emergency telephone numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) Transfer to accommodation on Day 3 & 7 (return).
(E) Transfer at end from Alston to Haltwhistle train station.
(F) Emergency back-up service from Shepherds Walks Holidays mobile telephone number.

 

WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES

 

(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers
(B) Cost of parking your car for the duration of your trip
(C) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Insurance
(E) Lunch and Evening meals.
(F) Single room option (if required, see single supplement).
(G) Pick up and drop off at airports.
(H) Other entrance fees into attractions and public transport costs not mentioned above.


STAFF

 

The Shepherds Walks Representative will:

A) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
B) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
C) Provide transfers as necessary to your car / station if specified in your booking or itinerary.

We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.

Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.

We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.

We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.

Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiday or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.

We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.

Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.

We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.

We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you

As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.

That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!

When do I receive my holiday information, including where I will be staying - SELF GUIDED TRIPS

You will receive all your final walk info by email approximately four weeks prior to departure, giving you plenty of time to go through all of the information before your departure.

A hard copy of your holiday pack, including your map and luggage labels, will be posted to you a week or so later, so no need to print anything out.

We don't release any information earlier than this just in case there are last minute changes to accommodation reservations or transfer arrangements. 

Once we receive your full payment and 4 weeks prior to your holiday departure date, we will e-mail you all of your holiday details in your holiday pack. This has details of where you will be staying and your transfer details.

Your holiday pack also includes all of your transfer details, places to eat, shops, cafes and restaurants en-route. Plus information on public transport services and taxis along your chosen route and places of interest you could visit too.  

Anything you are not sure about, we are only a phone call or email away!


Can I add an rest day into my walking holiday?

Yes you can at any point, just get in touch and we can discuss the best options for this trip.


Once I have booked when will I receive the final holiday info?

You will receive all your final walk info by email approximately four weeks prior to departure, giving you plenty of time to go through all of the information before your departure.

We don't release any information earlier than this just in case there are last minute changes to accommodation reservations, transfer arrangements. 

Once we receive your full payment and 4 weeks prior to your holiday departure date, we will e-mail you all of your holiday details in your holiday pack. This has details of where you will be staying, your transfer details, places to eat, shops, cafes and restaurants en-route. Plus information on public transport services and taxis along your chosen route and places of interest you could visit too. 

A hard copy of your holiday pack will be posted to you a few days later, including your map and luggage labels, so no need to print anything out.

Anything you are not sure about, we are only a phone call or email away! 


What is a Double, Twin and Single room?

Room descriptions

Double – One double bed for two people.

Twin – Two single beds each for one person.

Single – A room with a single bed for sole occupancy. We do our best to reserve a double bedded room for sole occupancy where possible but if this is not available, then your room may have a single bed in it. 


Where will we get our lunch from on the days we are walking?

You will receive trail information as part of your holiday pack with places you can stop at each day for lunches. We will also let you know if your personal accommodation provider also provides packed lunches. 

If there are no places to stop at on any particular day we reccomend you speak to your accomodation provider and they will make you a packed lunch. 


What dates of the year can I book my holiday on?

You can book your holiday any time between 1st April and the end of September. 

Some trails may have certain other times where we are unable to deliver a holiday to you because there may be a local event on in the area. For example, Isle of Man TT Races at the end of May, early June prevents any holidays at that time of year. 

We will pre-warn you of such times in the holiday details section if we are aware of such events. 

When you book your holiday with us, we will always confirm your booking by email. If you prefer to check on availability, you can always give us a call. 

 


Challenging but wonderful northern Pennine Way walking

Monday 5th June 2023 Simon Rixon & Elizabeth Morrison

For our recent holiday on the northerly Pennine Way stages, Shepherds Walks organised Elizabeth and me a great trip.

The weather was even kind to us so perhaps they arranged that too!

Armed with the supplied routes on our Garmin GPS, self-guided we enjoyed the upland walking in some of the most remote areas of England if not the whole UK.

The daily distances and ascent were not too bad but combined with the terrain underfoot, in England's sometimes boggy high fells, this combination explains why the Pennine Way has a reputation for being tough.

The small number of Shepherds Walks' arranged transfers worked like clock-work, including our luggage every day, and each night we had an overnight stay arranged for us in truly unusual and high quality accommodation.

These overnight venues can only be so reliably picked, day after day, by someone with real local knowledge.

An evening meal, along of course with breakfast, was provided at each venue, and all but next door at Kirk Yetholm, and to a meal these were all excellent and used local ingredients sourced by our friendly local hosts.

The dinners, extra cost items over the included b&b, were very reasonable value for the terrific quality offered.

One overnight stay was in a luxury wooden cabin near Hadrian's Wall, with extensive views of the surrounding hills, and to which our meals were brought and served - better service and food quality than in most hotels.

So with 15m average daily mileages and what in bad weather could be quite difficult terrain, this was a very memorable trip: UK-unbeatable scenery, great places to stay and high quality food and drink, all under-pinned with faultless organisation and logistics. And from a family run outfit too.

Why go anywhere else for a northern England walking holiday?


Pennine Way Mid Section – Self Guided - 9 Days photo's

For our recent holiday on the northerly Pennine Way stages, Shepherds Walks organised Elizabeth and me a great trip.

The weather was even kind to us so perhaps they arranged that too!

Armed with the supplied routes on our Garmin GPS, self-guided we enjoyed the upland walking in some of the most remote areas of England if not the whole UK.

The daily distances and ascent were not too bad but combined with the terrain underfoot, in England's sometimes boggy high fells, this combination explains why the Pennine Way has a reputation for being tough.

The small number of Shepherds Walks' arranged transfers worked like clock-work, including our luggage every day, and each night we had an overnight stay arranged for us in truly unusual and high quality accommodation.

These overnight venues can only be so reliably picked, day after day, by someone with real local knowledge.

An evening meal, along of course with breakfast, was provided at each venue, and all but next door at Kirk Yetholm, and to a meal these were all excellent and used local ingredients sourced by our friendly local hosts.

The dinners, extra cost items over the included b&b, were very reasonable value for the terrific quality offered.

One overnight stay was in a luxury wooden cabin near Hadrian's Wall, with extensive views of the surrounding hills, and to which our meals were brought and served - better service and food quality than in most hotels.

So with 15m average daily mileages and what in bad weather could be quite difficult terrain, this was a very memorable trip: UK-unbeatable scenery, great places to stay and high quality food and drink, all under-pinned with faultless organisation and logistics. And from a family run outfit too.

Why go anywhere else for a northern England walking holiday?

5th Jun 2023 - Simon Rixon & Elizabeth Morrison

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