North West Way: Walk Information

This walk was devised to incorporate some of the best walking in the North of England. Starting and finishing at mainline railway stations, our itineraries are designed for any walking ability.

Starting at Preston the walk follows the Ribble Way through the Ribble Valley. Shortly after Gisburn it heads eastwards to pick up the Pennine Way at Malham. The Pennine Way section incorporates the ascent of Penyghent, Great Dun Fell and Cross Fell, takes in the water fall at High Force, and the glacial valley of High Cup Nick.

The path leaves the Pennine Way at Alston and follows the South Tyne Trail, following the disused railway line to Haltwhistle, the Centre of Britain.

From Haltwhistle the walk links with the Hadrians Wall Path, heading west to complete the walk in Carlisle, an area rich with history.

By taking in the best sections of established walks, there is the advantage of routes which are marked on OS maps.

Walking beside the River Tees