North West Way
191 mile walk through the finest scenery in the North West

The North West Way 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. The walk begins in Preston and finishes approximately 190 miles later in Carlisle; taking in some of the finest scenery in the North of England along the way.

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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.

Day 1: Preston to Hurst Green (15m)
Day 2: Hurst Green to Sawley (12m)
Day 3: Sawley to Long Preston (12m)
Day 4: Long Preston to Malham (9m)
Day 5: Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale (15m)
Day 6: Horton in Ribblesdale to Hardraw (14m)
Day 7: Hardraw to Tan Hill (15m)
Day 8: Tan Hill to Baldersdale (14m)
Day 9: Baldersdale to Langdon Beck (14m)
Day 10: Langdon Beck to Dufton (11m)
Day 11: Dufton to Garrigill (16m)
Day 12: Garrigill to Haltwhistle (17m)
Day 13: Haltwhistle to Lanercost (14m)
Day 14: Lanercost to Carlisle (13m)

 

£1,540 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,420 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,335 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,290 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Clitheroe (23m)
Day 2: Clitheroe to Settle (21m)
Day 3: Settle to Horton in Ribblesdale (19m)
Day 4: Horton in Ribblesdale to Thwaite (22m)
Day 5: Thwaite to Baldersdale (21m)
Day 6: Baldersdale to Dufton (25m)
Day 7: Dufton to Alston (20m)
Day 8: Alston to Gilsland (20m)
Day 9: Gilsland to Carlisle (20m)

 

£1,060 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£970 per person (based on two sharing)
£910 per person (based on group of 3)
£880 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Great Mitton (19m)
Day 2: Great Mitton to Long Preston (20m)
Day 3: walk to Dale Head (nr Penyghent) (19m)
Day 4: Dale Head to Hardraw (19m)
Day 5: Hardraw to Bowes (23m)
Day 6: Bowes to Langdon Beck (20m)
Day 7: Langdon Beck to Dufton (11m)
Day 8: Dufton to Alston (20m)
Day 9: Alston to Greenhead (19m)
Day 10: Greenhead to Carlisle (21m)

 

£1,230 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,105 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,030 per person (based on group of 3)
£995 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Hurst Green (15m)
Day 2: Hurst Green to Gisburn (17m)
Day 3: Gisburn to Malham (16m)
Day 4: Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale (15m)
Day 5: Horton in Ribblesdale to Hardraw (13m)
Day 6: Hardraw to Tan Hill (15m)
Day 7: Tan Hill to Middleton in Teesdale (20.5m)
Day 8: Middleton in Teesdale to Dufton (18.5m)
Day 9: Dufton to Alston (20m)
Day 10: Alston to Greenhead (19m)
Day 11: Greenhead to Carlisle (21m)

 

£1,240 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,145 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,075 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,045 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Ribchester (11m)
Day 2: Ribchester to Clitheroe (12m)
Day 3: Clitheroe to Long Preston (16m)
Day 4: Long Preston to Malham (9m)
Day 5: Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale (15m)
Day 6: Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes (13m)
Day 7: Hawes to Frith Lodge (13m)
Day 8: Frith Lodge to Bowes (11m)
Day 9: Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale (13m)
Day 10: Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck (8m)
Day 11: Langdon Beck to Dufton (11m)
Day 12: Dufton to Garrigill (16m)
Day 13: Garrigill to Haltwhistle (17m)
Day 14: Haltwhistle to Lanercost (14m)
Day 15: Lanercost to Carlisle (13m)

 

£1,635 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,505 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,415 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,370 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Ribchester (11m)
Day 2: Ribchester to Clitheroe (12m)
Day 3: Clitheroe to Gisburn (9m)
Day 4: Gisburn to Settle (12m)
Day 5: Settle to Dale Head (nr Penyghent) (14m)
Day 6: Dale Head to Ribblehead (11.5m)
Day 7: Ribblehead to Hardraw (7.5m)
Day 8: Hardraw to Frith Lodge (12m)
Day 9: Frith Lodge to Bowes (11m)
Day 10: Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale (13m)
Day 11: Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck (8m)
Day 12: Langdon Beck to Dufton (11m)
Day 13: Dufton to Garrigill (16m)
Day 14: Garrigill to Haltwhistle (17m)
Day 15: Haltwhistle to Lanercost (14m)
Day 16: Lanercost to Carlisle (13m)

 

£1,785 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,625 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,530 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,480 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Ribchester (11m)
Day 2: Ribchester to Clitheroe (12m)
Day 3: Clitheroe to Gisburn (9m)
Day 4: Gisburn to Settle (12m)
Day 5: Settle to Dale Head (nr Penyghent) (14m)
Day 6: Dale Head to Ribblehead (11.5m)
Day 7: Ribblehead to Thwaite (15.5m)
Day 8: Thwaite to Bowes (15m)
Day 9: Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale (13m)
Day 10: Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck (8m)
Day 11: Langdon Beck to Dufton (11m)
Day 12: Dufton to Garrigill (16m)
Day 13: Garrigill to Knarsdale (9m), Haltwhistle
Day 14: Knarsdale to Haltwhislte (8m)
Day 15: Haltwhistle to Gilsland (7m)
Day 16: Gilsland to Newtown (11m)
Day 17: Newtown to Carlisle (9m)

 

£1,860 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,705 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,610 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,565 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Ribchester (11m)
Day 2: Ribchester to Great Mitton (8m)
Day 3: Great Mitton to Sawley (8m)
Day 4: Sawley to Long Preston (12m)
Day 5: Long Preston to Malham (9m)
Day 6: Malham to Dale Head (nr Penyghent) (10m)
Day 7: Dale Head to Ribblehead (11.5m)
Day 8: Ribblehead to Hardraw (7.5m)
Day 9: Hardraw to Keld (11m)
Day 10: Keld to Bowes (12m)
Day 11: Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale (13m)
Day 12: Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck (8m)
Day 13: Langdon Beck to Dufton (11m)
Day 14: Dufton to Garrigill (16m)
Day 15: Garrigill to Knarsdale (9m), Haltwhistle
Day 16: Knarsdale to Haltwhislte (8m)
Day 17: Haltwhistle to Gilsland (7m)
Day 18: Gilsland to Newtown (11m)
Day 19: Newtown to Carlisle (9m)

 

£2,060 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,890 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,790 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,735 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Preston to Ribchester (11m)
Day 2: Ribchester to Great Mitton (8m)
Day 3: Great Mitton to Sawley (8m)
Day 4: Sawley to Long Preston (12m)
Day 5: Long Preston to Malham (9m)
Day 6: Malham to Dale Head (nr Penyghent) (10m)
Day 7: Dale Head to Horton in Ribblesdale (5m)
Day 8: Horton in Ribblesdale to Ribblehead (6.5m)
Day 9: Ribblehead to Hawes (6.5m)
Day 10: Hawes to Thwaite (9m)
Day 11: Thwaite to Tan Hill (7m)
Day 12: Tan Hill to Bowes (8m)
Day 13: Bowes to Baldersdale (6m)
Day 14: Baldersdale to Middleton in Teesdale (6.5m)
Day 15: Middleton in Teesdale to Langdon Beck (8m)
Day 16: Langdon Beck to Dufton (11m)
Day 17: Dufton to Garrigill (16m)
Day 18: Garrigill to Knarsdale (9m), Haltwhistle
Day 19: Knarsdale to Haltwhislte (8m)
Day 20: Haltwhistle to Gilsland (7m)
Day 21: Gilsland to Lanercost (7m)
Day 22: Lanercost to Irthington (6m)
Day 23: Irthington to Carlisle (7m)

 

£2,430 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£2,240 per person (based on two sharing)
£2,120 per person (based on group of 3)
£2,060 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.

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.

£400 per person (single)
£280 per person (based on two people)
£195 per person (based on group of 3)
£150 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£290 per person (single)
£200 per person (based on two people)
£140 per person (based on group of 3)
£110 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£350 per person (single)
£245 per person (based on two people)
£170 per person (based on group of 3)
£135 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£320 per person (single)
£225 per person (based on two people)
£155 per person (based on group of 3)
£125 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£420 per person (single)
£290 per person (based on two people)
£200 per person (based on group of 3)
£155 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£450 per person (single)
£310 per person (based on two people)
£215 per person (based on group of 3)
£165 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£450 per person (single)
£315 per person (based on two people)
£220 per person (based on group of 3)
£175 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£490 per person (single)
£340 per person (based on two people)
£240 per person (based on group of 3)
£185 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£570 per person (single)
£400 per person (based on two people)
£280 per person (based on group of 3)
£220 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 £55.00 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
This walk was devised to incorporate some of the best walking in the North of England. Starting 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.

OS Explorer Maps
OL2 - Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western areas
OL19 - Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley
OL30 - Yorkshire Dales - Northern & Central areas
OL31 - North Pennines
OL41 - Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale
OL43 - Hadrian's Wall
315 - Carlisle

Guide Books
"The North West Way" by Steve Garrill - Published byTrail Guides - ISBN: 978-1005444588

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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  1. I walked the North West way in September 2020. Absolutely loved this walk. Varied as it covers 3 national trails. Really well signed. Easy to get to the start and return from the finish. I will be doing this walk again at some point. Highly recommend doing it.

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