Wainwright's Pennine Journey
243 mile circular recreating Wainwright's 'first' long walk

In 1938 Alfred Wainwight undertook a long distance circular walk commencing in Settle in the Yorkshire Dales, northwards towards Hadrians Wall which took him along the Eastern side of the Pennine Chain via Keld, Tan Hill, Bowes, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Blanchland, to Hexham, where the route turned westwards along the Roman wall before returning southwards over the Pennines, returning down the western side to Settle, via Kirkby Stephen, Garsdale, Sedbergh, and Ingleton. At 243 miles long, this is a fine long distance walk in the tradition of the iconic Pennine 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: Settle to Hubberholme (18m)
Day 2: Hubberholme to Askrigg (12.7m)
Day 3: Askrigg to Tan Hill (17m)
Day 4: Tan Hill to Middleton (17.3m)
Day 5: Middleton to Westgate (15.8m)
Day 6: Westgate to Blanchland (10.8m)
Day 7: Blanchland to Hexham (11.8m)
Day 8: Hexham to Once Brewed (17.5m)
Day 9: Once Brewed to Greenhead (8m)
Day 10: Greenhead to Alston (17m)
Day 11: Alston to Dufton (21m)
Day 12: Dufton to Brough (12.3m)
Day 13: Brough to Garsdale Head (18m)
Day 14: Garsdale Head to Sedbergh (13.8m)
Day 15: Sedbergh to Ingleton (17.8m)
Day 16: Ingleton to Settle (14.3m)

 

£1,775 per person (single)
£1,480 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,380 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,330 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Settle to Horton to in-Ribblesdale (7.25m)
Day 2: Horton to Cray (12.8m)
Day 3: Cray to Muker (18.8m)
Day 4: Muker to Bowes (14.6m)
Day 5: Bowes to Middleton (12.5m)
Day 6: Middleton to Westgate (15.8m)
Day 7: Westgate to Blanchland (10.8m)
Day 8: Blanchland to Hexham (11.8m)
Day 9: Hexham to Housesteads (15.8m)
Day 10: Housesteads to Greenhead (9.8m)
Day 11: Greenhead to Alston (17m)
Day 12: Alston to Milburn (16.8m)
Day 13: Milburn to Appleby (8.3m)
Day 14: Appleby to Kirkby Stephen (16m)
Day 15: Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale (12.3m)
Day 16: Garsdale to Sedbergh (13.8m)
Day 17: Sedbergh to Ingleton (17.8m)
Day 18: Ingleton to Settle (14.3m)

 

£1,945 per person (single)
£1,635 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,540 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,490 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Settle to Horton in Ribblesdale (7.3m)
Day 2: Horton to Cray (12.8m)
Day 3: Cray to Askrigg (10m)
Day 4: Askrigg to Muker (8.4m)
Day 5: Muker to Tan Hill (6.5m)
Day 6: Tan Hill to Bowes (8.3m)
Day 7: Bowes to Middleton (11.7m)
Day 8: Middleton to Westgate (15.5m)
Day 9: Westgate to Blanchland (10.8m)
Day 10: Blanchland to Hexham (11.8m)
Day 11: Hexham to Housesteads (15.8m)
Day 12: Housesteads to Greenhead (9.5m)
Day 13: Greenhead to Knarsdale (9m)
Day 14: Knarsdale to Garrigill (11m)
Day 15: Garrigill to Milburn (12m)
Day 16: Milburn to Appleby (8.3m)
Day 17: Appleby to Kirkby Stephen (16m)
Day 18: Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale (12.5m)
Day 19: Garsdale to Sedbergh (13.8m)
Day 20: Sedbergh to Chapel le Dale (13.5m)
Day 21: Chapel le Dale to Clapham (12m)
Day 22: Clapham to Settle (6.7m)

 

£2,295 per person (single)
£1,945 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,840 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,810 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.

£595 per person (single)
£300 per person (based on two people)
£200 per person (based on group of 3)
£150 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£630 per person (single)
£320 per person (based on two people)
£220 per person (based on group of 3)
£9.50 per person per day (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£665 per person (single)
£335 per person (based on two people)
£230 per person (based on group of 3)
£9.00 per person per day (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
  • Transport
  • 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.

Personal Transport
From our parking facility in Kirkby Malham to Settle, and return.

£35 per person (1 passenger)
£20 per person (2 passengers)
£15 per person (3 passengers)
£10 per person (4 to 7 passengers)

Walk Information
In 1938 Alfred Wainwight undertook a long distance circular walk commencing in Settle in the Yorkshire Dales, northwards towards Hadrians Wall which took him along the Eastern side of the Pennine Chain via Keld, Tan Hill, Bowes, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Blanchland, to Hexham, where the route turned westwards along the Roman wall before returning southwards over the Pennines, returning down the western side to Settle, via Kirkby Stephen, Garsdale, Sedbergh, and Ingleton.

The walk, as amended by members of the Wainwright Society, is approximately 247 miles in length, and involves 17 or 18 days of moderately challenging hill walking, and will prove popular with Wainwright admirers, for those who may have already completed the Coast to Coast path, and the Pennine Way. The original route walked by Wainwright involved much road walking, but the route has been amended to use the many footpaths and green lanes now available to make for a more pleasant expedition.

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
307 - Consett & Derwent Reservoir

Guide Books
"A Pennine Journey" by David & Heather Pitt - Published by Sigma Press - ISBN: 978-1910758144

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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Walkers' Testimonials

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4 Replies to “Wainwright’s Pennine Journey”

  1. Absolutely perfect luggage transfer, and Annette very helpfull finding a missing accomodation for us. We walked Horton – Westgate without a drop of rain, and blue sky. Pennine Journey looks a wonderful walk, and the absence of markways was not a real problem, just need to be carefull

  2. The Pennine Journey was a varied and challenging walk. The parts where it coincided with the Pennine Way, South Tyne Trail, Dales Way or Hadrian’s Wall were well waymarked, other parts not, but with maps and guidebook were navigable without much difficulty.

    Because of the complication of finding 18 consecutive days accommodation in mainly out of the way villages along the Pennine Journey, we decided for the first time to employ a company to arrange the walk for us and chose Brigantes. We were delighted with the service from start to finish. Annette was helpful when I phoned with a query and the accommodation was all of high quality. She even sent us downloads of the OS maps pertaining to the route. When my husband had an accident I was able to contact Annette on a Friday evening out of office hours and arrange help and when a slight problem with one of the B & Bs arose it was sorted immediately and without fuss. The bags were always at our B & B before us and it was rather a luxury to carry only a day sack rather than all our gear.

  3. This is the 8th consecutive year we have used the excellent services of Annette and her Brigantes team for our baggage transfer whilst undertaking long distance walks. The service is very reliable and the drivers all prompt and very friendly. This year we needed extra support and Annette’s help and understanding was above what we expected, so we would happily recommend them to anyone else. Thank You.

  4. My husband and I recently completed Wainwright`s Pennine Journey and a great walk it was, Bad weather prevented us sticking strictly to the route ie over Wherenside and Ingleborough but alternative route were easy to find with a trusty OS map,
    Discovery travel arranged our accommodation which was mostly excellent and Brigantes moved our luggage for us with their usual efficiency. It is great to have such companies who do all the background work so those of us who love to walk in this wonderful country can just get on with the walking

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