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.

Itin A:   15D / 16N       £1980 pp *

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

Day 1: Middleton Top to Parsley Hay (11.4m), taxi to Youlgreave*
Day 2: Taxi to Parsley Hay, walk to Wormhill (8.3m) taxi to Tideswell*
Day 3: taxi to Wormhill, walk to Hayfield (14m)
Day 4: Hayfield to Padfield (11.6m)
Day 5: Padfield to Diggle (12.1m)
Day 6: Diggle to Hollingworth Lake (11.2m)
Day 7: Hollingworth Lake to Hebden Bridge (14.8m)
Day 8: Hebden Bridge to Thursden (13.9m), taxi to Burnley*
Day 9: taxi to Thursden, walk to Kelbrook (11.2m)
Day 10: Kelbrook to Gisburn (11m)
Day 11: Gisburn to Settle (12.3m)
Day 12: Settle to Clapham (11.5m)
Day 13: Clapham to Whinshaw (11.3m)
Day 14: Whinshaw to Garsdale Head (13.9m)
Day 15: Garsdale Head to Crossbank/end of the route (10.7m)

£2,275 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,980 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,825 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,750 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

*price includes taxis

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Itin B:   4D / 5N       £700 pp *

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

Day 1: Middleton Top to Glossop (45.8m)
Day 2: Glossop to Hebden Bridge (39.3m)
Day 3: Hebden Bridge to Settle (56.6m)
Day 4: Settle to Crossbank/end of the route (43.4m)

£815 singles (plus single supplements)
£700 per person (based on two sharing)
£625 per person (based on group of 3)
£585 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

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Itin C:   5D / 6N       £815 pp *

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 Top to Hayfield (35.8m)
Day 2: Hayfield to Hollingworth Lake (33.3m)
Day 3: Hollingworth Lake to Kelbrook (36.9m)
Day 4: Kelbrook to Clapham (33.8m)
Day 5: Clapham to Crossbank/end of the route (32.9m)

£940 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£815 per person (based on two sharing)
£730 per person (based on group of 3)
£685 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

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Itin D:   6D / 7N       £930 pp *

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 Top to Hayfield (35.8m)
Day 2: Hayfield to Diggle (22.1m)
Day 3: Diggle to Hebden Bridge (24.6m)
Day 4: Hebden Bridge to Kelbrook (25.1m)
Day 5: Kelbrook to Austwick (30.7m)
Day 6: Austwick to Crossbank/end of the route (34.5m)

£1,065 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£930 per person (based on two sharing)
£835 per person (based on group of 3)
£790 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

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Itin E:   8D / 9N       £1130 pp *

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 Top to Monyash (15.1m)
Day 2: Monyash to Hayfield (23.9m)
Day 3: Hayfield to Diggle (22.1m)
Day 4: Diggle to Hebden Bridge (24.6m)
Day 5: Hebden Bridge to Kelbrook (25.1m)
Day 6: Kelbrook to Settle (22.3m)
Day 7: Settle to Whinshaw (21.8m)
Day 8: Whinshaw to Crossbank/end of the route (24.6m)

£1,280 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,130 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,025 per person (based on group of 3)
£975 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

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Itin F:   12D / 13N       £1680 pp *

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 Top to Wormhill (21.8m), taxi to Tideswell*
Day 2: taxi to Wormhill, walk to Hayfield (14m)
Day 3: Hayfield to Padfield (11.6m)
Day 4: Padfield to Diggle (12.1m)
Day 5: Diggle to Hollingworth Lake (11.2m)
Day 6: Hollingworth Lake to Hebden Bridge (14.8m)
Day 7: Hebden Bridge to Laneshawbridge (21.2m)
Day 8: Laneshawbridge to Gisburn (15.5m)
Day 9: Gisburn to Austwick (21.7m)
Day 10: Austwick to Whinshaw (13m)
Day 11: Whinshaw to Garsdale Head (13.9m)
Day 12: Garsdale Head to Crossbank/end of the route (10.7m)

£1,965 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,680 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,540 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,470 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

*price includes taxi

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Itin G:   19D / 20N       £2580 pp *

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

Day 1: Middleton Top to Friden (9m), taxi to Hartington
Day 2: Taxi to Friden, walk to Monyash (6.1m)
Day 3: walk to Wormhill (9.9m), taxi to Tideswell
Day 4: taxi to Wormhill, walk to Rushop Hall (7.2m), taxi to Castleton*
Day 5: taxi to Rushop Hall, walk to Hayfield (6.8m)
Day 6: Hayfield to Padfield (11.6m)
Day 7: Padfield to Diggle (12.1m)
Day 8: Diggle to Hollingworth Lake (11.2m)
Day 9: Hollingworth Lake to Mankinholes (10.7m)
Day 10: Manikinholes to Hebden Bridge (4.8m)
Day 11: Hebden Bridge to Thursden (13.9m), taxi to Burnley*
Day 12: taxi to Thursden, walk to Kelbrook (11.2m)
Day 13: Kelbrook to Gisburn (11m)
Day 14: Gisburn to Long Preston (8.5m) taxi to Settle*
Day 15: Taxi to Long Preston, walk to Settle (3.8m)
Day 16: Settle to Clapham (4m)
Day 17: Clapham to Whinshaw (11.3m)
Day 18: Whinshaw to Garsdale Head (13.9m)
Day 19: Garsdale Head to Crossbank/end of the route (10.7m)

£3,065 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£2,580 per person (based on two sharing)
£2,395 per person (based on group of 3)
£2,305 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

*price includes taxis

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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.

All Itineraries

Prices available on request

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

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £70.00 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.

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

Mobile Digital Mapping
Digital maps can be viewed on most modern smartphones using an appropriate app, downloaded from the app store associated with your device. Brigantes recommend that whichever app you use, it should support Ordnance Survey 1:25k or 1:50k scale maps. There are many apps to choose from, but the two main providers are Ordnance Survey and Memory Map.

Each provider’s app has its own benefits, but both provide all-important offline navigation, meaning your device does not need a mobile signal to work effectively on the trail.

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One Reply to “Pennine Bridleway”

  1. I walked the linear route of the Pennine Bridleway over 15 days with Brigantes and I have to say that the organisation was exceptional. I stayed in a mixture of bed and breakfasts and inns, all of which catered well for walkers. These were also within easy walking distance from the path, or if not, Brigantes had organised a taxi collection service, returning to the path the next morning.
    Despite this being called the Pennine Bridleway, I saw no horse riders, few walkers and just a few cyclists. If you’re after a quiet and peaceful walk through lovely countryside then I would thoroughly recommend this walk.

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