PENNINE WAY

FROM HORTON-IN-RIBBLESDALE TO KNARSDALE – MIDDLE SECTION

Trip Style

Varied terrain: moorlands, farmland and mountain trails

Availability

From May to September

Highlight

Hawes home of Wenslydale Cheese, High Force Waterfall, High Cup Nick

Price from

790 EUR

 

Grade

Starting at the foot of Pen-y-ghant, you will initially ascend down onto the limestone moors which are a major characteristic of this section of the Pennine Way. The end of your first days walking you can reward yourself with some Wensleydale Cheese. The following days take you over country meadows, up and down over the moors pass some beautiful waterfalls. The gentle rolling of the moors will build you up for the highest point on the Pennine Way, Cross Fell. The final day is a delightful stroll alongside the river and across farmlands ending in the quiet village of Knarsdale.

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Arrival: Horton-In-Ribblesdale is a popular village for walker not only of the Pennine Way but also of the Yorkshire Three Peaks as it is ideally located at the foot of Pen-y-ghant, one of the iconic three peaks of Yorkshire. Be sure to visit the Pennine Way café and sign their Pennine Way book for wayfarers.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Arrival: Horton-In-Ribblesdale is a popular village for walkers not only of the Pennine Way but also of the Yorkshire Three Peaks as it is ideally located at the foot of Pen-y-ghant, one of the iconic three peaks of Yorkshire. Be sure to visit the Pennine Way café and sign their Pennine Way book for wayfarers.

Day 2: Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes (21.5 kms)

An initial ascent out of town will take you up onto the limestone moors. Navigation today will be easy as you follow old packhorse trails and wall-enclosed stony tracks. Passing by Ling Gill National Nature Reserve, you will come to one of the many packhorse bridges on the Pennine Way, Ling Gill Bridge. From here, the route continues to a more exposed area before you will come upon the green fields of Snaizeholme and then your stop for the day Hawes. This quaint market town still has a market every Tuesday and be sure to pop into the Wensleydale Creamery home of Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and pick up some cheese or even enjoy a hearty meal in their restaurant where many of the dishes feature the cheese!

Day 3: Hawed to Keld (20 kms)

The start today is a gentle one through the meadows of the surrounding countryside which will warm you up nicely for the ascent of the third highest mountain in Yorkshire, Great Shunner Fell.  The long and somewhat gentle descent will take you to Thwaite where you can take a well-deserved break and refuel before your next climb.  Sweeping round Kidson Hill, you will continue to leave the Pennine Way briefly to enter Keld your stop for the night.  Keld is where the Pennine Way and Wainwrights Coast to Coast meet and so a great sociable stop.

Day 4: Keld to Baldersdale (22.5 kms)

Well rested from your night in Keld, the day starts with an ascent along narrow lanes before coming out onto the peat moors and Tan Hill. From here, you will descend and cross the peaty Sleightholme Moor. Continuing across moors for the rest of day going up and down, you will arrive finally down into Baldersdale between Balderhead and Blackton Reservoir.

Day 5: Baldersdale to Forest in Teesdale (22.5 kms)

Setting off today you will walk between the two reservoirs and out onto Hanna’s Meadow before continuing across the undulating grassy hills and on country lanes to Middleton-in-Teesdale. From here, the walk will follow the River Tees which will be on your right. Low Force Waterfall will welcome you and shortly after you will come upon the more impressive High Force Waterfall. Continuing on, you will pass a quarry before further upstream crossing the River Tees where you will follow the road across to Forest in Teesdale, where a panoramic view of the surrounding area is a pleasant way to end your day.

Day 6: Forest in Teesdale to Dufton (19.5 kms)

Returning to the Pennine Way you left yesterday, you will start out following the River Tees then leave it for a while before meeting it again and following it upstream to Cauldron Snout, an impressive waterfall just below the Cow Green Reservoir. After the reservoir, you are back out onto the moorlands and the highlight of today High Cup Nick. This visually impressive glacial valley is well worth a short rest to admire the views. A short walk along an old miners’ track will take you downhill to Dufton.

Day 7: Dufton to Garrigill (25 kms)

The walk today is indeed a mountain walk with you climbing the highest point of the Pennine Way, Cross Fell. Today is also a day for a picnic and ensure you have plenty of supplies as there is nowhere to pick items up until you reach Garrigill. Walking across the open country will warm you up for the first ascent to Knock Fell, then Great Dun Fell and finally you will reach the summit of Cross Fell. Whilst climbing be sure to stop catch your breath and admire the view! From here you will descend to Garrigill.

Day 8: Garrigill to Knarsdale (17.5 kms)

Today is a welcome reprieve from yesterday. The Pennine Way follows the River South Tyne before crossing it to follow on the far side and across farmland to Alston. From here you can stay on the Pennine Way with its many stiles gates across the farmland or follow the easier route of the South Tyne Trail. Either route will take you to Knarsdale, a quiet country village and the end of this section.

Day 9: Knarsdale, end of walking holiday

Today we bid you farewell and look forward to seeing you again for the last 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 to Leeds Bradford. Aerlingus and Ryanair both operate flights on this route.
Get the shuttle into the town and then the train to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. (Train approx. 1hr)

From London
Get the train from London approx. 3hrs

Getting Home

To Dublin

Get a bus to Halwhistle then the train to Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Bus information from Slaggyford, Post Box (Dellamere) can be found on the following website:

https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/

Fly from Newcastle to Dublin.  Aerlingus and Ryanair both operate flights on this route.

To London

Get the bus to Carlisle then Virgin West Coast Train to London Euston.

Bus information from Slaggyford, Post Box (Dellamere) can be found on the following website:

http://www.telfordscoaches.com/

We can assist with arranging private transfer from your accommodation to the train station.  Ask our sales team for more information.

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

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