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Pennine Way

In 1965 the Pennine Way was designated as Britain’s first National Trail. The full walk runs from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, and today it is one of the UK’s most famous long-distance footpaths. 

This magnificent walk crosses three national parks; the wild and rugged Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales with its windswept moorlands and green farmland, and Northumberland, a mix of high hills, dales and crystal clear rivers. 

The wonderful sights of the heavenly Swaledale Valley and waterfalls, such as High Force, greet you as you follow trails to the fascinating and historical sights of old Roman mile castles and forts in Hadrian's Wall country. Cross the rugged Cheviot Hills further north, all the way.
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Hiking route · United Kingdom
Edale to Torside
Difficulty difficult
Distance 24.4 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 598 m
Descent 640 m

After exploring the village of Edale set off and prepare for a challenging couple of days on the trail.  

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · United Kingdom
Torside to Standedge
Difficulty moderate
Distance 20.2 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 646 m
Descent 467 m

A tough start for this section rewards with more stunning Peak District views as you cross the moorland and hills toward Standedge. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · United Kingdom
Standedge to Calder Valley
Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.8 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 220 m
Descent 488 m

The next few days of walking are much flatter and therefore easier!  What you gain in ease, however, you forfeit in remoteness. This section passes ...

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from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · United Kingdom
Calder Valley to Ponden
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.2 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 540 m
Descent 373 m

A tough climb at the start, then walk through mixed terrain through fields, moorland and into Brontë country. 

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from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Bradford
Ponden to Ickornshaw
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.7 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 185 m
Descent 246 m

Less than ten kilometres seperates Ponden and the tiny village of Ickornshaw as you work your way closer to the Yorkshire Dales. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · North Yorkshire
Ickornshaw to Gargrave
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 388 m
Descent 486 m

Aim for the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales on this section and enjoy the change of scenery as you push northward to Gargrave. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · North Yorkshire
Gargrave to Malham
Difficulty easy
Distance 10.5 km
Duration 2:45 h
Ascent 191 m
Descent 98 m

A relatively short and easy-going walk connects Gargrave with the town of Malham. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · North Yorkshire
Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 23.5 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 785 m
Descent 747 m

An action-packed walk where the wonders of wildlife and intriguing natural formations are matched by a strenuous pace as you march toward the end ...

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · North Yorkshire
Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 22.1 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 400 m
Descent 398 m

Walk north through the Yorkshire Dales on the Central Pennine Way and then follow Cam High Road above the moors,  before the friendly Yorkshire ...

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · North Yorkshire
Hawes to Thwaite
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.3 km
Duration 4:20 h
Ascent 488 m
Descent 443 m

Let the open meadows filled with wild flowers, in the summer, woo you before what will be one of the most challenging climbs of the Pennine Way. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · North Yorkshire
Thwaite to Keld
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 4.5 km
Duration 1:30 h
Ascent 154 m
Descent 127 m

Continue on this short section between Thwaite and Keld to where the Pennine Way meets the Coast to Coast walk. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · North Yorkshire
Keld to Baldersdale
Difficulty difficult
Distance 24.5 km
Duration 6:45 h
Ascent 454 m
Descent 431 m

Be prepared to climb after passing through the gate on your way to Keld enroute to Tan Hill. Descend to moorland and follow the way to Baldersdale. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 8.5 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 183 m
Descent 308 m

Moving onwards from the halfway mark of the entire Pennine Way in Baldersdale, you'll continue north over moorland and across Grassholme Reservoir ...

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.6 km
Duration 3:15 h
Ascent 188 m
Descent 26 m

Pass the waterfalls of both Low Force and High Force and follow the River Tees west. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Durham
Langdon Beck to Dufton
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 19.8 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 261 m
Descent 437 m

Take a break from hard climbs today as you pass cliffs, open moorland and perhaps the most dramatic feature of the entire Pennine Way. 

from Taylor St John,   Macs Adventure