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Pennine Way Trail Running Short Break

A self-guided running holiday from Alston to Bellingham along the Pennine Way National Trail.

3 nights
38 miles
Moderate

From £270 per person

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About this route

For those eager to explore the world-renowned Pennine Way, but not quite ready to tackle the full trail in one go, we have developed this short running break which takes in some of the best bits of the northern section of this iconic National Trail.

Winding northwards from Alston in the North Pennines to Bellingham on the outskirts of Northumberland, this short trail running break encounters the best-preserved section of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, including several of its forts, turrets and mile castles, perfect for runners with a taste for British history. While the rugged and remote terrain poses a hearty challenge throughout, the views from the many hill tops along the way are breath-taking and exceptionally rewarding.

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© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way Trail Running Short Break map
Alston/Bellingham
38 miles (61 km)
14th March to 25th October

Holiday highlights

Winding through the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty.

Glimpsing Roman history as the trail runs along a rich stretch of Hadrian's Wall, with opportunities to drop into Vindolanda and Housesteads.

Enjoying a warm welcome at cosy Northumbrian accommodation along the way.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-PENSB From Alston to Bellingham 3 nights, 2 days running Moderate£270

Pennine Way Trail Run Short Break 3 nights, 2 days running

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

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

Day 1

Alston to Once Brewed. 22.5 miles (36km) / 2805 ft (855 m) ascent

Day 2

Once Brewed to Bellingham. 15.5 miles (25km) / 1421 ft (433 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Bellingham 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
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 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.

Once Brewed is another good choice for a rest day, particularly if you're looking for a quiet place in which to relax. The village is nestled in some of the most beautiful countryside along the trail and would be perfect for a gentle jog around the local area to get you warmed up for the rest of your holiday. The Twice Brewed Inn is a famous pub that also makes its home here, and is a great place to unwind at the end of the day and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Once Brewed)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 38 miles (61 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 15.5 miles (25 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22.5 miles (36 km)
Code: R-PENSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 14th March - 25th October
Start of holiday: Alston
End of holiday: Bellingham

Route Profile

Pennine Way Trail Run Short Break 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 international airports for the start of the trail are Manchester Airport and Leeds-Bradford Airport.

By Rail - The most convenient railway stations to the start of the trail (Alston) are either Haltwhistle (16 miles away) or Haydon Bridge (17.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Bellingham) is Hexham (16 miles away).

By Bus - Regular buses run between Alston and Haltwhistle. Various buses run to and from Bellingham.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Haltwhistle where a bus/taxi will be required to take you to Alston.

Return to the Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus from Bellingham to Hexham, followed by a train from Hexham to Haltwhistle, then a bus to Alston.

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.

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