PENNINE WAY

FROM EDALE TO HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE – FIRST SECTION

Trip Style

Varied terrain: moorlands, some steep ascents, tracks along reservoirs

Availability

From May to September

Highlight

Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve, Pinhaw Beacon Hill, Malham Cove

Price from

790 EUR

 

Grade

This first section of the Pennine Way starts in the Peak District taking you along some of its classical trails. Leaving the Peak District, you will move into Yorkshire crossing mostly moorland with small villages, green lush countryside and reservoirs thrown into the mix. Towards the end of this section, you will enter the Yorkshire Dales, traversing the limestone landscape you will climb one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Pen-y-ghent before ending this section in Horton-In-Ribblesdale.

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Arrival – Edale is a beautiful village in the Peak District in the valley between Kinder Scout, Lose Hill and Mam Tor with an impressive village church and two old pubs. The official starting point of the walk is at the Old Nag’s Head.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Edale


Arrival – Edale is a beautiful village in the Peak District in the valley between Kinder Scout, Lose Hill and Mam Tor with an impressive village church and two old pubs. The official starting point of the walk is at the Old Nag’s Head.

Day 2: Edale to Torside (24 kms)


The first day of this section is the toughest as it is the longest day of the week. Just after Edale, you will find yourself walking through sheep pastures, before your first ascent of today Jacob’s ladder. Traversing then around Kinder Scout you will descend before your next major ascent of Bleaklow Head. Your final descent will welcome you with views of your stopover for the night Torside.

Day 3: Torside to Standedge (19.5 kms)


Today’s walk is a little easier than yesterday’s, but there still are plenty of hills that will reward you with sweeping views. Short climbs will welcome you to Black Hill, which contrary to its name is a green expanse thanks to replanting. Leaving the hills behind, you will continue to pass man-made reservoirs to reach Standedge. Here, four tunnels run underground, three for railway lines and one for a canal which is the longest and highest in the UK. Here at Standedge, it is possible to go on a boat trip into the tunnel.

Day 4: Standedge to Hebden Bridge (23.5 kms)


Leaving the Peak District behind today will be a top of the Yorkshire moorlands for the start with some roads to cross before taking the purpose-built walkers bridge across the M62 which is regarded as one of the most impressive motorway footpath crossings in the country. Continuing on the slabs up to Blackheath you will then sweep down to tracks along reservoirs and more moorland before winding down into Calder Valley and reaching the lively town of Hebden Bridge. This picturesque town surprisingly is also the setting for the gritty cop drama Happy Valley.

Day 5: Hebden Bridge to Ponden (17 kms)


Starting with a bang today, you will have a tough ascent up to Heptonstall Moor. Passing by more reservoirs, another climb takes you up onto the moorland again to an old farmhouse that many associate with the house in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, before gently ascending the moorlands to Ponden reservoir and your accommodation for the evening.

Day 6: Ponden to Earby (17 kms)


A pleasant start today takes you across heather-clad moorland, through some country villages and then to the highest point of today Pinhaw Beacon, where on a clear day you will be welcomed with panoramic views and can even see Pen-y-ghent, one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. Winding down through the countryside, you will come to Earby a small friendly town and your stopover for the night.

Day 7: Earby to Malham (20 kms)


A sight to look out for today is the double bridge carrying the A59 over the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. After walking along the canal, hikers will come across wide green fields to Gargrave, a must stop for refreshments before you enter the Dales. Continuing, you will climb gently through the countryside before crossing the River Aire which you will follow to Malham, a picturesque and popular town for tourists.

Day 8: Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (23.5 kms)


Shortly after leaving Malham you are rewarded for your climb with the spectacular views of Malham Cove, home to peregrine falcons. Walking through the limestone landscape, you come to the unusual sight of a lake, Malham Tarn, before reaching your first big climb of today Fountains Fell. At the top, you will see Pen-y-ghant, your next big climb. Climbing Pen-y-ghant is relatively easier than the descent on the other side so take your time as you descend to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This Yorkshire village is famous for being the starting point of the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.

Day 9: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, end of walking holiday


Today we bid you farewell and look forward to seeing you again for the next section.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 8 nights in Guesthouses, 2* & 3* hotels
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays

Access

Getting there

From Dublin
Fly In to Manchester: Aerlingus and Ryanair operate direct flights from Dublin
From Manchester you can then get the train to Edale.

From London
Get the train from London approx. 3hrs

Getting Home

To Dublin

Get the train to Leeds
Fly from Leeds Bradford to Dublin. Aerlingus and Ryanair both operate flights on this route.

To London
Get the Northern Rail Train to Leeds then Virgin Trains East Coast to London Kings Cross

Information on trains in the UK and tickets can be purchased on:
https://www.thetrainline.com/

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