Starting at the foot of Pen-y-Ghent, you will initially ascend down onto the limestone moors which are a major characteristic of this section of the Pennine Way. By the end of your first days walking you can reward yourself with some Wensleydale Cheese. The following days take you over country meadows, up and down over the moor passes, and some beautiful waterfalls. The gentle rolling of the moors will build you up for the highest point on the Pennine Way, Cross Fell. The final day finishes with a delightful stroll along the river and across farmlands ending in the quiet village of Knarsdale.
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Typical of Hawes town, you can’t miss a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery and try the white cheese they produce. This white cheese made from cow milk has a supple and crumble texture with a taste of honey. Since 1105, when French Cistercian monks started making cheese, the production is only settled in Hawes. The cheese has the Protected Geographical Indication, proof of its renown.
High Force Waterfall
One of the most impressive waterfalls in England! To Forest-in-Teesdale where the river starts, grows and gathers in peace and then suddenly drops 21 meters into the pool below. A massive show during your walk! Standing in front of the waterfall will make you feel so small compared to the strength and the height of the waterfall.
High Cup Nick
A U-shaped valley deeply incised on the Pennine North way. Scientists considered it to have a glacial origin. You will also have the chance to see these dramatic geological formations at the top! The scenery from the High cup is stunning, a large view of all the valley. The Grand Canyon of the Pennine is waiting for you!
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HORTON IN RIBBLESDALE (Arrival)
Arrival: Horton-In-Ribblesdale is a popular village for walkers not only of the Pennine Way but also of the Yorkshire Three Peaks as it is ideally located at the foot of Pen-y-ghant, one of the iconic three peaks of Yorkshire. Be sure to visit the Pennine Way café and sign their Pennine Way book for wayfarers.
Day 2 21.5km
HORTON IN RIBBLESDALE
An initial ascent out of town will take you up onto the limestone moors. Navigation today will be easy as you follow old packhorse trails and wall-enclosed stony tracks. Passing by Ling Gill National Nature Reserve, you will come to one of the many packhorse bridges on the Pennine Way, Ling Gill Bridge. From here, the route continues to a more exposed area before you will come upon the green fields of Snaizeholme and then your stop for the day Hawes. This quaint market town still has a market every Tuesday and be sure to pop into the Wensleydale Creamery home of Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese and pick up some cheese or even enjoy a hearty meal in their restaurant where many of the dishes feature the cheese!
Day 3 20km
The start today is a gentle one through the meadows of the surrounding countryside which will warm you up nicely for the ascent of the third highest mountain in Yorkshire, Great Shunner Fell. The long and somewhat gentle descent will take you to Thwaite where you can take a well-deserved break and refuel before your next climb. Sweeping round Kidson Hill, you will continue to leave the Pennine Way briefly to enter Keld your stop for the night. Keld is where the Pennine Way and Wainwrights Coast to Coast meet and so a great sociable stop.
Day 4 22.5km
Well-rested from your night in Keld, the day starts with an ascent along narrow lanes before coming out onto the peat moors and Tan Hill. From here, you will descend and cross the peaty Sleightholme Moor. Continuing across moors for the rest of day going up and down, you will arrive finally down into Baldersdale between Balderhead and Blackton Reservoir.
Day 5 22.5km
FOREST IN TEESDALE
Setting off today you will walk between the two reservoirs and out onto Hanna’s Meadow before continuing across the undulating grassy hills and on country lanes to Middleton-in-Teesdale. From here, the walk will follow the River Tees which will be on your right. Low Force Waterfall will welcome you and shortly after you will come upon the more impressive High Force Waterfall. Continuing on, you will pass a quarry before further upstream crossing the River Tees where you will follow the road across to Forest in Teesdale, where a panoramic view of the surrounding area is a pleasant way to end your day.
Day 6 19.5km
FOREST IN TEESDALE
Returning to the Pennine Way you left yesterday, you will start out following the River Tees then leave it for a while before meeting it again and following it upstream to Cauldron Snout, an impressive waterfall just below the Cow Green Reservoir. After the reservoir, you are back out onto the moorlands and the highlight of today High Cup Nick. This visually impressive glacial valley is well worth a short rest to admire the views. A short walk along an old miners’ track will take you downhill to Dufton.
Day 7 25km
The walk today is indeed a mountain walk with you climbing the highest point of the Pennine Way, Cross Fell. Today is also a day for a picnic and ensure you have plenty of supplies as there is nowhere to pick items up until you reach Garrigill. Walking across the open country will warm you up for the first ascent to Knock Fell, then Great Dun Fell and finally you will reach the summit of Cross Fell. Whilst climbing be sure to stop catch your breath and admire the view! From here you will descend to Garrigill.
Day 8 17.5km
Today is a welcome reprieve from yesterday. The Pennine Way follows the River South Tyne before crossing it to follow on the far side and across farmland to Alston. From here you can stay on the Pennine Way with its many stiles gates across the farmland or follow the easier route of the South Tyne Trail. Either route will take you to Knarsdale, a quiet country village, and the end of this section.
Today we bid you farewell and look forward to seeing you again for the last section.
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