Pennine Bridleway
205 mile National Trail for walkers, cyclists & horse-riders

The Pennine Bridleway is England’s newest National Trail, running 205 miles from Middleton, near Matlock in Derbyshire to Crossbank, near Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. Unlike all previous long distance paths this one is open to horse riders and cyclists as well as walkers.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

This route follows the eastern section of the Mary Townley Loop, the western section of the Settle Loop & western Selside Loop

Day 1: Middleton to Arbor Low (13m)
Day 2: Arbor Low to Tideswell (14m)
Day 3: Tideswell to Hayfield (14m)
Day 4: Hayfield to Hadfield/Padfield (9m)
Day 5: Hadfield/Padfield to Standedge (13m)
Day 6: Standedge to Mankinholes (18m)
Day 7: Mankinholes to Boulsworth Hill (with taxi into Burnley) (16m)
Day 8: Boulsworth Hill to Earby (12m)
Day 9: Earby to Long Preston (17m)
Day 10: Long Preston to Clapham (14m)
Day 11: Clapham to Ribblehead (12m)
Day 12: Ribblehead to Garsdale Head (15m)
Day 13: Garsdale Head to Crossbank/end of the route (10m)

 

£1,575 per person (single)
£1,275 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,195 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,150 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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This route follows the western section of the Mary Townley Loop, the eastern section of the Settle Loop & eastern Selside Loop

Day 1: Middleton to Arbor Low (13m)
Day 2: Arbor Low to Tideswell (14m)
Day 3: Tideswell to Hayfield (14m)
Day 4: Hayfield to Hadfield/Padfield (9m)
Day 5: Hadfield/Padfield to Standedge (13m)
Day 6: Standedge to Summit (14m) plus 1.4 mile into Littleborough
Day 7: Summit to Waterfoot (14m)
Day 8: Waterfoot to Boulsworth Hill (14m) (taxi into Burnley)
Day 9: Boulsworth Hill to Earby (12m)
Day 10: Earby to Long Preston (17m)
Day 11: Long Preston to Feizor (16m)
Day 12: Feizor to Ribblehead (15m)
Day 13: Ribblehead to Garsdale Head (15m)
Day 14: Garsdale Head to Crossbank/end of the route (10m)

 

£1,705 per person (single)
£1,375 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,280 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,235 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Primarily designed for cyclists, this itinerary follows the eastern section of the Mary Townley Loop, the eastern section of the Settle Loop & eastern Selside Loop

Day 1: Middleton to Buxton (22.5m)
Day 2: Buxton to Chapel-en-le-Frith (18.6m)
Day 3: Chapel-en-le-Frith to Hadfield (18.3m)
Day 4: Hadfield to Littleborough (23m)
Day 5: Littleborough to Colden (18m)
Day 6: Colden to Earby (21.3m)
Day 7: Earby to Long Preston (18m)
Day 8: Long Preston to Austwick (18.5m)
Day 9: Austwick to Lea Yeat (Cowgill) (19.9m)
Day 10: Cowgill to Fat Lamb (17.4m) or Black Swan (19.2m)

 

£1,175 per person (single)
£975 per person (based on two sharing)
£905 per person (based on group of 3)
£875 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Primarily designed for cyclists, this itinerary follows the eastern section of the Mary Townley Loop, the eastern section of the Settle Loop & eastern Selside Loop 

Day 1: Middleton to Buxton (22.5m)
Day 2: Buxton to Charlesworth (26.7m)
Day 3: Charlesworth to Littleborough (24.5m)
Day 4: Littleborough to Wycoller (28.6m)
Day 5: Wycoller to Long Preston (24.1m)
Day 6: Long Preston to Ribblehead (m)
Day 7: Ribblehead to Fat Lamb (25.4m) or Black Swan (27.1m)

 

£915 per person (single)
£740 per person (based on two sharing)
£685 per person (based on group of 3)
£655 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

£510 per person (single)
£255 per person (based on two people)
£175 per person (based on group of 3)
£130 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£570 per person (single)
£285 per person (based on two people)
£190 per person (based on group of 3)
£145 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£405 per person (single)
£205 per person (based on two people)
£135 per person (based on group of 3)
£105 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£350 per person (single)
£175 per person (based on two people)
£120 per person (based on group of 3)
£90 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

  • Holiday Options
  • Walk Info
  • Maps & Guide Books

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £50.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September. For walks outside those dates, please contact us. We provide a reduced out of season service, but still manage to meet the needs of most customers who contact us during this period.

Walk Information
The Pennine Bridleway is a 205 miles (330 Km) long National Trail running through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria. The route can be undertaken by mountain bikers, walkers, and horse riders. The route runs through the Pennines so expect hills and changeable weather! The most southerly section follows the High Peak Trail, a reclaimed railway line where the surface is relatively level but after this there are more changes (and challenges) in gradient and surface. The South Pennine valleys (crossed by the Mary Towneley Loop) are particularly steep.The route follows a variety of surfaces including minor roads, aggregate tracks, grassed stone tracks, stone setts and worn causey flags. Some of these have been newly created specifically for the Pennine Bridleway but some are ancient highways such as drovers roads or packhorse trails that have been in use for centuries. As the route progresses northwards through the Yorkshire Dales it becomes more remote and the settlements are fewer so Trail users should be sure to carry to supplies and be prepared for all weather conditions. The Trail includes 2 large loops. The first is the Mary Towneley Loop in the South Pennines, 47 miles long, and was the first section of the Trail to open back in 2002. The 2nd Loop is the 10 mile Settle Loop in the Yorkshire Dales.

OS Explorer Maps
OL1 - Peak District - Dark Peak area
OL2 - Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western areas
OL19 - Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley
OL24 - Peak District - White Peak area
OL41 - Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale

Guide Books
"The Pennine Bridleway" by Sue Viccars - Published by Aurum Press - ISBN: 978-1854109576

ViewRanger Digital Maps
Digital Maps can be viewed on a modern smartphone using an appropriate ‘app’, which is usually provided as part of any map purchase. Brigantes are happy to recommend ViewRanger for all your digital mapping and mobile navigation needs.

The ViewRanger Shop provides Ordnance Survey maps for all parts of the UK, as well as the National Trail and selected Long Distance Paths. Map segments can also be purchased ad-hoc, allowing you to cover any walk you plan to take.

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