The Pennine Way Northern Route: 7 days

  • Duration 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Greenhead / Kirk Yetholm
  • Distance 107 km / 68 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
  • Availability
    April - September
  • Price From $923


Take the northern route along the Pennine Way National Trail, the oldest and most iconic long-distance walk through the UK's rocky backbone, devised by journalist Tom Stephenson and inspired by the US Appalachian Trail, which was opened to the public in 1965.

Explore the history-laden trails, Roman ruins, hills and spectacular landscapes that inspired writers such as the Bronte sisters and William Wordsworth. Get to know the National Parks in the Northern Pennines, Northumberland National Park and a stretch along Hadrian's Wall, a border boundary of the Roman Empire, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

  • Get to know Sycamore Gap, awarded the English Tree of the Year at the Woodland Trust Awards.
  • Admire the curlew, the official symbol of the Northumberland National Park. 
  • Try the homemade pastries in the historic commercial town of Bellingham.
  • Enjoy an astronomical sighting in the Dark Sky Park in Northumberland, the largest in Europe.

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    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
    • Taxes


    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights


    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.


    Travel & Transfers

    To get to Greenhead, we suggest Newcastle Airport, Manchester Airport and Glasgow Airport. 

    From Newcastle, take a train (2h approximately) to the town of Haltwhistle and from there, a bus or taxi to Greenhead. From Manchester Airport or Glasgow Airport you can arrive by train, via Carlisle to Haltwhistle.

    For your return from Kirk Yetholm and depending on your next destination, take a bus to Berwick-upon Tweed station and then a train to Newcastle city centre, and then another to the airport (approximate 1.5 hours). 

    If you want to go to Manchester Airport, take a train at Berwick-upon Tweed to Leeds and then another to the airport. And if you prefer to head to London, take a direct train of approximately 4 hours from the same railway station.


    Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

    • Maximum weight of 40 lbs (18 kg).
    • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
    • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
    • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

    The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

    The route is at its best between April and September, so any time you choose between these months will give you an amazing experience as the weather is nice and cool for walking.

    The weather can be very changeable, lots of sun, rain or strong gusts of wind, so we recommend taking good equipment such as windproof clothing and sunscreen with you.

    This route is rated with a medium-high difficulty level and has some demanding ascents and descents through moors and rocky or swampy trails. Walks can be up to 26 km per day on trails that are not well signposted, and on some of England's loneliest terrains.

    We recommend having experience in long-distance walking and an active lifestyle. If not, you can prepare the months before starting the route by walking daily on mountainous terrain. You can also improve your endurance with cardio exercises.

    Whether you're passionate about long walking trails, geological and historical tours of UNESCO World Heritage sites among nature reserves and parks, or astronomical experiences, this is the ideal route for you. 

    If you enjoy local experiences and try new things, this route takes you through charming villages, typical English pubs and delicious national spirits.

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you.

    If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack. 

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