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 Low Raisgill (16.2m)
Day 2: Low Raisgill to Askrigg (14.5m)
Day 3: Askrigg to Tan Hill (14.8m)
Day 4: Tan Hill to Baldersdale (12.9m) personal transport to Cotherstone
Day 5: personal transport to Baldersdale, walk to Langdon Beck (15.8m)
Day 6: Langdon Beck to Rookhope (13.1m)
Day 7: Rookhope to Hexham (17.3m)
Day 8: Hexham to Old Repeater Station (13.6m)
Day 9: Old Repeater Station to Kellah (17.6m)
Day 10: Kellah to Garrigill (16.7m)
Day 11: Garrigill to Dufton (16.5m)
Day 12: Dufton to Brough (15.3m)
Day 13: Brough to Garsdale Head (18.2m)
Day 14: Garsdale Head to Sedbergh (13.8m)
Day 15: Sedbergh to Ingleton (17.8m)
Day 16: Ingleton to Settle (13.9m)

 

£1,680 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,510 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,405 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,350 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Settle to Low Raisgill (16.2m)
Day 2: Low Raisgill to Askrigg (14.5m)
Day 3: Askrigg to Tan Hill (14.8m)
Day 4: walk to Baldersdale (12.9m) personal transport to Cotherstone
Day 5: personal transport to Baldersdale, walk to Langdon Beck (15.8m)
Day 6: Langdon Beck to Rookhope (13.1m)
Day 7: Rookhope to Hexham (17.3m)
Day 8: Hexham to Old Repeater Station (13.6m)
Day 9: Old Repeater Station to Greenhead (12.6m)
Day 10: Greenhead to Alston (17.2m)
Day 11: Alston to Milburn (16.5m) personal transport to Appleby
Day 12: personal transport to Milburn, walk to Sandford (13.9m)
Day 13: Sandford to Nateby (12.7m)
Day 14: Nateby to Garsdale Head (11m)
Day 15: Garsdale Head to Sedbergh (13.8m)
Day 16: Sedbergh to Ingleton (17.8m)
Day 17: Ingleton to Settle (13.9m)

 

£1,815 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,615 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,510 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,455 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Settle to Low Raisgill (16.2m)
Day 2: Low Raisgill to Bainbridge (12.9m)
Day 3: Bainbridge to Keld (12.8m)
Day 4: Keld to Bowes (12.6m)
Day 5: Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale (12.1m)
Day 6: Middleton to Westgate in Weardale (15.4m)
Day 7: Westgate to Blanchland (10.7m)
Day 8: Blanchland to Hexham (11.7m)
Day 9: Hexham to Old Repeater Station (13.6m)
Day 10: Old Repeater Station to Greenhead (12.6m)
Day 11: Greenhead to Alston (17.2m)
Day 12: Alston to Milburn (16.5m) personal transport to Appleby
Day 13: personal transport to Milburn, walk to Sandford (13.9m)
Day 14: Sandford to Nateby (12.7m)
Day 15: Nateby to Garsdale Head (11m)
Day 16: Garsdale Head to Sedbergh (13.8m)
Day 17: Sedbergh to Ingleton (17.8m)
Day 18: Ingleton to Settle (13.9m)

 

£1,890 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,700 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,590 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,530 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 Hubberholme (10.8m)
Day 3: Hubberholme to Bainbridge (11m)
Day 4: Bainbridge to Keld (12.8m)
Day 5: Keld to Bowes (12.6m)
Day 6: Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale (12.1m)
Day 7: Middleton to Langdon Beck (9m)
Day 8: Langdon Beck to Westgate in Weardale (8m)
Day 9: Westgate to Blanchland (10.7m)
Day 10: Blanchland to Hexham (11.7m)
Day 11: Hexham to Carraw (10.2m)
Day 12: Carraw to Burnhead (11m)
Day 13: Burnhead to Kellah (9m)
Day 14: Kellah to Alston (13m)
Day 15: Alston to Milburn (16.5m) personal transport to Appleby
Day 16: personal transport to Milburn, walk to Appleby (8.5m)
Day 17: Appleby to Brough (10.5m)
Day 18: Brough to Nateby (7.2m)
Day 19: Nateby to Garsdale Head (11m)
Day 20: Garsdale Head to Sedbergh (13.8m)
Day 21: Sedbergh to Ingleton (17.8m)
Day 22: Ingleton to Settle (13.9m)

 

£2,235 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£2,020 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,890 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,825 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Settle to Cray (20.6m)
Day 2: Cray to Muker (18.5m)
Day 3: Muker to Baldersdale (19.3m) personal transport to Cotherstone
Day 4: personal transport to Baldersdale, walk to Langdon Beck (15.8m)
Day 5: Langdon Beck to Blanchland (18.7m)
Day 6: Blanchland to Humshaugh (18.6m)
Day 7: Humshaugh to Greenhead (19.5m)
Day 8: Greenhead to Alston (17.2m)
Day 9: Alston to Dufton (20.6m)
Day 10: Dufton to Kirkby Stephen (20.2m)
Day 11: Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale Head (12.5m)
Day 12: Garsdale Head to Dent (19.4m)
Day 13: Dent to Settle (26.5m)

 

£1,400 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,265 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,175 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,125 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 Hubberholme (10.8m)
Day 3: Hubberholme to Bainbridge (11m)
Day 4: Bainbridge to Muker (10m)
Day 5: Muker to Tan Hill (6.4m)
Day 6: Tan Hill to Bowes (8.2m)
Day 7: Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale (12.1m)
Day 8: Middleton to Langdon Beck (9m)
Day 9: Langdon Beck to Westgate in Weardale (8m)
Day 10: Westgate to Blanchland (10.7m)
Day 11: Blanchland to Hexham (11.7m)
Day 12: Hexham to Humshaugh (6.9m)
Day 13: Humshaugh to Old Repeater (7.9m)
Day 14: Old Repeater to Burnhead (8.6m)
Day 15: Burnhead to Kellah (9m)
Day 16: Kellah to Slaggyford (7.3m), personal transport to Greenhead
Day 17: personal transport to Slaggyford, walk to Garrigill (9.4m)
Day 18: walk to Milburn (12.4m) personal transport to Appleby
Day 19: personal transport to Milburn, walk to Appleby (8.5m)
Day 20: Appleby to Brough (10.5m)
Day 21: Brough to Nateby (7.2m)
Day 22: Nateby to Garsdale Head (11m)
Day 23: Garsdale Head to Cautley (8.8m)
Day 24: Cautley to Dent (10.6m)
Day 25: Dent to Chapel le Dale (8.8m)
Day 26: Chapel le Dale to Ingleton (5.8m)
Day 27: Ingleton to Clapham (7.8m)
Day 28: Clapham to Settle (7.1m)

 

£3,795 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£2,520 per person (based on two sharing)
£2,375 per person (based on group of 3)
£2,305 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.

£500 (single)
£330 per person (based on two people)
£225 per person (based on group of 3)
£170 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£505 (single)
£335 per person (based on two people)
£230 per person (based on group of 3)
£175 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£510 (single)
£350 per person (based on two people)
£240 per person (based on group of 3)
£180 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£585 (single)
£400 per person (based on two people)
£270 per person (based on group of 3)
£205 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£425 (single)
£290 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

£660 (single)
£455 per person (based on two people)
£310 per person (based on group of 3)
£240 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
  • 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.

£40 per person (1 passenger)
£20 per person (2 passengers)
£15 per person (3 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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6 Replies to “Wainwright’s Pennine Journey”

  1. With friends, I just completed the Pennine Journey. Annette and Brigantes were terrific. Everything went as planned. I highly recommend this company.
    Catherine Bernard

  2. Westgate-Appleby, second part for us, and again not a drop of rain and blue sky !
    A bit difficult to find the way between Westgate and Blanchland, just need to be carefull near the quarry and when leaving the C2C cycle track.
    And baggage transfer absolutely perfect as always !

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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