Pennine Way Trail Running

Pennine Way Trail Running

A self-guided trail running holiday from Edale to Kirk Yetholm through the Peak District, Pennines, Yorkshire and Northumberland.

11 to 16 nights
261 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £1180 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

Britain’s oldest and toughest National Trail wiggles 265 miles (424 km) from the Peak District to Scotland, providing a classic running challenge.

The legendary trail passes through the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales; climbs to England’s highest point outside the Lake District; and winds along Hadrian’s Wall and through the criminally under-rated Cheviot Hills.

Few sights compare to High Cup, an apocalyptic, glacier-scooped canyon.

These landscapes have inspired great writers and the route is dotted with inviting villages you’ve never heard of yet may never want to leave.

If you find remote places stirring, and enjoy challenging terrain, the Pennine Way is for you.

© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way Trail Running map
Edale/Kirk Yetholm
261 miles (417 km)
28th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Tackling England’s oldest, most challenging National Trail and basking when you’ve completed it.

Running through the wild landscapes of the Peaks, Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and Cheviot Hills along the spine of England.

Visiting some of the country’s most iconic sites, from Pen-y-Ghent to historic Hadrian’s Wall.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-PEN1 From Edale to Kirk Yetholm 11 nights, 10 days running Strenuous£1180
R-PEN2 From Edale to Kirk Yetholm 12 nights, 11 days running Demanding£1280
R-PEN3 From Edale to Kirk Yetholm 14 nights, 13 days running Moderate / Demanding£1400
R-PEN4 From Edale to Kirk Yetholm 16 nights, 15 days running Moderate£1600

Pennine Way Trail Run 11 nights, 10 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that due to the high volume of walkers attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks, accommodation in Horton-in-Ribblesdale is scarce at weekends. If your stop in Horton-in-Ribblesdale falls at a weekend, a transfer may be required to take you to your accommodation. Please contact us for more information.


Travel to Edale where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Edale to Standedge(T). 28 miles (45km) / 4623 ft (1409 m) ascent

Day 2

Standedge(T) to Ponden(L). 29 miles (46km) / 3068 ft (935 m) ascent

Day 3

Ponden(L) to Malham. 23.5 miles (37.5km) / 3035 ft (925 m) ascent

Day 4

Malham to Hawes. 28.5 miles (45.5km) / 3848 ft (1173 m) ascent

Day 5

Hawes to Middleton-in-Teesdale. 32.5 miles (52km) / 4616 ft (1407 m) ascent

Day 6

Middleton-in-Teesdale to Dufton(T). 20 miles (32km) / 2014 ft (614 m) ascent

Day 7

Dufton(T) to Alston. 19.5 miles (31km) / 3209 ft (978 m) ascent

Day 8

Alston to Once Brewed. 23 miles (36.5km) / 2805 ft (855 m) ascent

Day 9

Once Brewed to Byrness(L). 30.5 miles (48.5km) / 3307 ft (1008 m) ascent

Day 10

Byrness(L) to Kirk Yetholm. 27 miles (43km) / 4475 ft (1364 m) ascent


Depart from Kirk Yetholm after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 11 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

As the Pennine Way is one of the toughest trails available to run in the UK, it may be worth considering adding a few extra nights into your holiday to give you time to recover in between stints as you race along England's iconic backbone.

The market settlement of Alston is nestled in the heather-clad landscape with far-reaching views in all directions. With steep cobbled streets and ancient stone buildings dating as far back as the 17th century, Alston has a rich history specialising in lead mining that can be discovered at the nearby Nenthead Mines Heritage centre. If you choose to spend an extra night here, be sure to sample the village's many locally-produced specialities including Cumberland mustard and Alston Cheese, as well as enjoying the friendly atmosphere and a drink in The Angel Inn.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 260.5 miles (417 km)
Duration: 11 nights, 10 days running
Minimum daily distance: 19.5 miles (31 km)
Maximum daily distance: 32.5 miles (52 km)
Code: R-PEN1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Edale
End of holiday: Kirk Yetholm

Route Profile

Pennine Way Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Edale). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Kirk Yetholm) is at Berwick-upon-Tweed (about 22.5 miles away).

By Bus - There are no direct bus services to Edale. There is no viable bus service from Kirk Yetholm to Berwick-upon-Tweed, so a taxi would be the best option.

From London - Trains run from London Euston and London St Pancras International stations to Edale.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Kirk Yetholm to Berwick-Upon-Tweed rail station. From there trains run to Edale.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

Pennine Way Trail Running - South Section
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From £640 per person
A trail running holiday from Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale through the South Pennines and Yorkshire Dales.Find Out More
Pennine Way Trail Running - North Section
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A trail running holiday from Middleton-in-Teesdale to Kirk Yetholm through the North Pennines and Cheviot Hills.Find Out More
Pennine Way Trail Running Short Break
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