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Journey through the Pennines

A week-long self-drive exploration of Yorkshire, the North Pennines and into Northumberland.

If you’d rather not walk 266 miles, enjoy the same stunning scenery by car and train on this two centre holiday. England’s Pennine Way starts in the Peak District and heads north through the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before winding up in Northumberland. Staying slightly off the beaten track in carefully selected small hotels, this holiday allows you ample time to enjoy the superb countryside and landmarks. Why not walk a short part of the way, just to say you’ve done it?

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Mar - Nov

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Day 1: Arrival in Yorkshire

Your base for the first three nights is the picturesque village of Clapham, staying in a traditional coaching inn which has recently been refurbished to an exceptional standard. There are numerous walks from the door including a stroll to one of England’s finest show caves, Ingleborough. Also in easy walking distance are the Norber Erratics, huge boulders left by glacial movement.

Day 2: Exploring the Dales by car/ on foot

Your holiday includes a half day walking and exploring with a knowledgeable local guide – we’ll tailor the itinerary to suit your interests and fitness. Perhaps head to Malham Cove: a beautiful spot with stunning views towards the three peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen y Ghent. From the tiny town of Settle an interesting walk takes in three historic Dales villages, again with views towards the Three Peaks plus an interesting detour to the historic Victoria Cave & Attermire Scar. Seek out the fascinating Hoffman Kiln at Craven Limeworks near Settle for some long since abandoned Victorian industrial heritage along the River Ribble.

 Day 3: Exploring the Dales by train

Today you may choose to take the train from Settle to the Ribblehead Viaduct. Walk underneath and beside the viaduct to really appreciate this massive feat of engineering. Limestone pavements cover this area of outstanding natural beauty – at first glance a lifeless grey expanse, but look closely and you’ll find ferns and other species clinging in the crevasses. The Force Ghyll Aqueduct is an interesting piece of engineering on Blea Moor between the viaduct and Whernside.

 Day 4: The road to the North Pennines

Drive the scenic route through the Dales via Buttertubs Pass to Blanchland in The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Britain’s first Unesco Global Geopark.  Perhaps pay a visit en route to the home of creamy, crumbly Wensleydale Cheese or stop off in Reeth for lunch – we’ll provide plenty of local recommendations. On the way you’ll pass amazing places such as Crackpot and Booze, worth a detour just for the road signs. An alternate route will take you to the Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest public house, an ideal refreshment stop. Your base for the next three nights is a most impressive former 12th century priory, now an award winning hotel.

Day 5: Blanchland and the North Pennines AONB

Blanchland is in the middle of nowhere but at the same time in the middle of everywhere! You can stay local and enjoy the scenery and wildlife in the valley or a few minutes up the road you’ll come across Derwent Reservoir, a haven of wildlife and an easy circuit walk, with fishing and watersports for enthusiasts. Nearby Allenheads and Nenthead both vie for the accolade of England’s highest village. This is remote lead mining country and no visitor should miss the wonderful Killhope Museum, complete with accessible mine – here you can even pan for galena or quartz.

Day 6: Full day Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall, a half hour drive into Northumberland, stretches 80 Roman miles (73 modern miles) from the Solway Firth to the North Sea. Completed in AD128 to defend the Roman Empire against the Picts, the Wall consists of a continuous line of defence with vallum ditch, mile castles, turrets, forts, temples and civilian settlements from the cities of Carlisle in the west to Newcastle in the east. It sits majestically on top of the Whin Sill, an ancient layer of igneous rock and provides countless opportunities for stunning walks amid this spectacular Northumbrian landscape. Choose to visit the Roman settlements, of which there are many, or simply enjoy the views and imagine what life must have been like for the Roman foot soldiers standing guard in the bleak mid- winter. The main visitor attractions on the Wall are the Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda where live excavations take place and the huge forts at Housesteads and Chesters. Guided tours are also available with knowledgeable local historians – we can pre-book this for you if you wish.

Day 7: Durham city and departure

Before heading for home, spend the morning exploring this tiny but impressive city. Durham Cathedral is a must see and is one of the most magnificent buildings in Europe if not the world. The tower can be climbed for amazing views. The River Wear provides a picturesque walk along its banks and through woodland beneath the castle and there are plenty of options for getting out onto the water.  Durham is full of variety: it boasts one of the best universities in the world, a vibrant café culture, galleries, boutiques, museums and a bustling indoor market hall.


A two centre holiday covering the length of the Pennines, from Yorkshire to Northumberland.


£660 per person for March & November, £705 per person for April & October, and £725 per person for May through September.

Price is based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for six nights in our hand-picked selection of small hotels and inns on a bed & breakfast basis. The holiday includes a half day private guided walk in the Yorkshire Dales, tailored to suit your preferences.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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