Pennine Way Trail Running - South Section

Pennine Way Trail Running - South Section

A trail running holiday from Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale through the South Pennines and Yorkshire Dales.

6 to 9 nights
141 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £640 per person

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About this route

Along packhorse trails and drovers’ ways, cross the remote, windswept moors of the South Pennines and the flowering fields of the Yorkshire Dales on our Pennine Way South trail running holiday. From Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale, you’ll tackle daunting landscapes over Kinder Scout, Pinshaw Beacon and Top Withen, and spend each night in a welcoming village nestled beneath the peaks.

The limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales awaits in the second half of your holiday, with stand-out views of Malham Cove and Tarn and the stunning green slopes of Wenselydale and Teesdale.

With the best of the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales included, the Pennine Way South is a stunning challenge run.

© Contours Walking Holidays Pennine Way Trail Running - South Section map
Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale
141 miles (226 km)
28th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Running through some of Britain's most beautiful scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, dipping through Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale.

Enjoying the breath-taking sights of Hardraw Force and dramatic moorland that culminates with immense viewpoints at Stoodley Pike and Fountains Fell.

Descending to charming villages such as Haworth, Hebden Bridge, and Malham to rest and refuel.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-PENS1 From Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale 6 nights, 5 days running Strenuous£640
R-PENS2 From Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale 7 nights, 6 days running Demanding£745
R-PENS3 From Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale 8 nights, 7 days running Moderate / Demanding£850
R-PENS4 From Edale to Middleton-in-Teesdale 9 nights, 8 days running Moderate£950

Pennine Way Trail Run - South Section 6 nights, 5 days running

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  • 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


Depart from Middleton-in-Teesdale 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

What's included?

  • 6 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.

If you would like to spend an extra day exploring the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, consider taking an extra night in Malham. Here you can take your time to absorb the beauty of nearby Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janet?s Foss, making the perfect area in which to enjoy a gentle recovery run or a more challenging climb. As well as this and all of the usual amenities, Malham also boasts a number of delicious eateries, offering fresh, locally produced food and drinks all year round.

If you would prefer to spend your day relaxing, surrounded by Victorian architecture, shops and cafes, the small town of Middleton-in-Teesdale is also a good choice for an extra night.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 141 miles (226 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days running
Minimum daily distance: 23.5 miles (37.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 32.5 miles (52 km)
Code: R-PENS1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Edale
End of holiday: Middleton-in-Teesdale

Route Profile

Pennine Way Trail Run - South Section 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 (Middleton-in-Teesdale) is at Kirkby Stephen (22.3 miles away), but the most convenient rail station is at Darlington (25 miles away).

By Bus - There are no direct bus services that run to Edale. There are no viable public transport options to Kirkby Stephen or Darlington from Middleton-in-Teesdale, so a taxi would be required.

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

Return to the start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is by taking a taxi to Darlington rail station. From here, you will need to catch the train 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.

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