Pennine Way | Maps, Routes, & Itineraries

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The Pennine Way is surely the greatest of all of the UK’s National Trails. This notoriously difficult trail runs up the spine of Britain and is typically completed in 15 – 21 days walking. The route begins in Edale in the south and meanders its way north to the village of Kirk Yetholm. Along the way you’ll encounter lovely villages, stunning views, and of course the Pennine Way’s famous bogs.

This Pennine Way map guide has been designed to provide you with an introduction to the Pennine Way by providing in-depth maps, navigational resources, and more!

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In This Pennine Way Map Guide

Pennine Way Itinerary & GPS

Plan Your Perfect Pennine Way Itinerary

  • Offline GPS Maps for 15-, 18-, & 20-stage Pennine Way walks!
  • Itinerary tables with start/finish location & daily distances.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to use your GPS files for offline navigation.

Where is the Pennine Way?

The Pennine Way runs through the heart of England and even reaches into Scotland at its northern end. The walk crosses through three national parks: Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, and Northumberland. The route is traditionally walked from south to north, although it is possible to walk in the opposite direction as well.

The walk is easily reached from the rest of the UK, with Edale having good rail access from both nearby Manchester as well as Sheffield. On the northern end, Kirk Yetholm is a bit harder to reach although there is access to Edinburgh to the north as well as plenty of rail connections available in Berwick-upon-Tweed, to the east of Kirk Yetholm on the coast.

Pennine Way Overview Map
The Pennine Way connects Edale in the south with Kirk Yetholm in thed north. (Click to enlarge)

Along the route, the Pennine Way has some of the most beautiful and difficult walking of any of the National Trails. You’ll cross seemingly endless bog ridden terrain as you make your way north. However, don’t let that dissuade you from a walk along the Pennine Way!

There are nearly endless highlights along the walk including beautiful villages such as Hebden Bridge, stunning scenery such as Malham Cove and High Cup Nick, in addition to enjoying the quintessential pint upon finishing at the Border Hotel!

View of High Cup Nick on the Pennine Way
High Cup Nick is a highlight of the Pennine Way.

Pennine Way Itineraries

The time it takes to walk the Pennine Way varies greatly depending on your fitness, desire for long days, weather, and countless other factors. That being said, it is typically completed in between 15 – 21 days, with most walkers opting for somewhere in the middle.

Below is a common 19-stage itinerary for the Pennine Way:

  • Stage 1: Edale to Crowden
  • Stage 2: Crowden to Standedge
  • Stage 3: Standedge to Hebden Bridge
  • Stage 4: Hebden Bridge to Ickornshaw or Cowling
  • Stage 5: Ickornshaw or Cowling to Gargrave
  • Stage 6: Gargrave to Malham
  • Stage 7: Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale
  • Stage 8: Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes
  • Stage 9: Hawes to Keld
  • Stage 10: Keld to the Tan Hill Inn
  • Stage 11: Tan Hill Inn to Middleton in Teesdale
  • Stage 12: Middleton in Teesdale to Dufton
  • Stage 13: Dufton to Garrigill
  • Stage 14: Garrigill to Alston
  • Stage 15: Alston to Greenhead
  • Stage 16: Greenhead to Once Brewed
  • Stage 17: Once Brewed to Bellingham
  • Stage 18: Bellingham to Byrness
  • Stage 19: Byrness to Kirk Yetholm
Pennine Way Map
Map of the Pennine Way. (Click to enlarge)

Read more: Pennine Way Accommodation Guide

If you’d like the GPS files we used to create these maps as well as plan your own Pennine Way Itinerary, you can pick up our Itinerary & GPS package below. This includes GPX files and an itinerary table for a 15-day, 18-day & 20-day Pennine Way walk.

We’re happy to provide this free of charge to help with your trip planning! However, if you’d like to thank us for the time spent creating this resource, a suggested donation of £10 is much appreciated! Check it out below:

Pennine Way Itinerary & GPS

Plan Your Perfect Pennine Way Itinerary

  • Offline GPS Maps for 15-, 18-, & 20-stage Pennine Way walks!
  • Itinerary tables with start/finish location & daily distances.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to use your GPS files for offline navigation.

Interactive Pennine Way Map

The interactive Pennine Way Way map below will allow you to zoom in on the various stages as well as view the traditional stops along the route.

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How long is the Pennine Way?

The Pennine Way is officially listed as being 268 miles long. However, in our estimation (using GPS!) we get closer to 255 miles along the route from Edale to Kirk Yetholm. Regardless, the Pennine Way is well over 250 miles and you’ll certainly need a sturdy pair of boots to walk the entire length!

Most walkers will agree that measuring the exact distance of the Pennine Way has little practical value. Given the number of days you’re likely to spend walking the route, you will certainly end up covering more miles than any guidebook provides. This is due to the fact that many of the accommodation options along the walk are located slightly off the trail requiring you to add a bit of distance. That combined with the countless side trips to local pubs and interesting attractions will have you adding up the miles in no time!

Regardless, we still find it helpful for itinerary planning to have a sense of the distances each stage of the walk entails. The two maps below show the distance of individual stages on the Pennine Way in both miles and kilometers. Be sure to consult them when planning your own route, just remember that these distance don’t include any side trips.

Map of the Pennine Way with distances
Map of the Pennine Way with distances in miles.
Map of the Pennine Way with distances in kilometers.
Stage distances on the Pennine Way in kilometers.

Pennine Way Elevation Profile

As the Pennine Way meanders from Edale to Kirk Yetholm the walk has approximately 40,000 feet or 12,000 meters of elevation gain! That averages out to be just over 2,000 feet of elevation gain per stage on the 19-day itinerary we presented above.

Of course, all of that elevation isn’t perfectly spaced out across the walk, although you will find that most stages do have some climbing. Some of the most notable climbs on the Pennine Way include the climb up Knock Fell out of Dufton, the steep ascent up Great Shunner Fell just outside of Hawes, and the long day of climbing from Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale.

Malham, UK

The high  point of the Pennine Way Way sits at Cross Fell, 2,930 feet above sea-level. You’ll reach this point between Dufton and Garrigill.

Check out the Pennine Way elevation profile below to get a sense of what each stage of the walk entails in terms of elevation gain and loss.

Elevation is shown on the left side while distance is shown on the bottom. Each blue dot represents a stop along the traditional 19-stage walk, with the stop name shown at the top.

The steepness of the line between any two points reflects the steepness of the trail for that particular stage. The distance between the two points shows the length of the stage.

Pennine Way Elevation Profile
Elevation profile of the Pennine Way. Click to enlarge.

Which Pennine Way maps should I carry?

Given that the Pennine Way is a National Trail you’ll find the route to be relatively well marked. The familiar white acorn associated with National Trails will grace signs at many trail junctions, pointing you in the correct direction. However, the sheer length and number of trail junctions you’ll encounter on the Pennine Way make having a reliable form of navigation essential.

For this reason, we always recommend that walkers bring a few map resources when walking the Pennine Way.

When we’re out on a long distance path, our general preference is to rely on GPS maps on our smartphones, and highly recommend this method for most walkers. All you need is a GPX file for the route. For that, we’ve created FREE GPX files for three Pennine Way itineraries that you can upload to your smartphone. Check it out below:

Pennine Way Itinerary & GPS

Plan Your Perfect Pennine Way Itinerary

  • Offline GPS Maps for 15-, 18-, & 20-stage Pennine Way walks!
  • Itinerary tables with start/finish location & daily distances.
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to use your GPS files for offline navigation.

As far as apps go, we like to use Gaia GPS, although any good navigation app will work just fine.

You can learn everything you need to know to create and plan your own Pennine Way Itinerary in our GPS Route Making & Navigation course. Check it out!

In addition to digital navigation methods, we also recommend you bring a paper map or map booklet along. There is simply no replacement for a physical map, after all you never know when you may find yourself with a dead battery rendering your GPS app useless!

There are several excellent physical maps available for the Pennine Way, outlined below:

The Pennine Way Map Booklet – Cicerone Guides
In our opinion, your best bet will be to pack this excellent resource from Cicerone Guides. Their Pennine Way map booklet contains Ordnance Survey Explorer maps for the entire route, neatly organized into a small and portable booklet.

Pennine Way Way South & North Adventure Atlas
The Pennine Way Adventure Atlas’ are a great option for those looking for a more traditional style of map. These handy guides use OS Explorer maps, a proven navigational resource. You’ll need to pick up both the south and north versions to cover the entire Pennine Way, but it is certainly much easier than assembling all of the Ordnance Survey maps yourself.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps
Finally, no article on walking in England would be complete without including the required Ordnance Survey maps. These detailed maps are the quintessential maps for a detailed view of the Pennine Way. However, you’ll need to carry no less than seven individual maps to cover the length of the walk.

We’d recommend picking up one of the options above instead.

For those who insist on carrying all of the OS maps, you can pick up a complete set here.

Pennine Way Maps | GPS/GPX

If you are interested in getting basic access to the GPS data for the Pennine Way head on over to the National Trails website. Here you’ll find free downloads for the walking route.

Click here to access the National Trail GPS data for the Pennine Way

Alternatively, we have created GPX files for three Pennine Way itineraries that you can access for free below. While we are happy to provide them, we do appreciate even a small donation for creating these!

Click here to download our Pennine Way Itinerary Package.

Map of the Pennine Way on a cell phone

Apps and offline mapping

As mentioned above we highly recommend utilizing offline downloadable GPS maps on our smartphones to navigate while walking the Pennine Way. This is a great way to navigate on the trail as it allows you to see your progress for the day and also doesn’t require a cell phone signal (which you may not have) to display the map.

Our GPS Route Making & Navigation Course will teach you everything you need to know to create your own itinerary, navigate offline with just your smartphone, and take control of your trip planning!

Have a great Pennine Way adventure!

We hope this post has given you all the information you need to get a basic overview of the Pennine Way. Be sure to check out our Pennine Way Accommodation Guide, too. Let us know your questions or comments below. Happy trails!

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