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Pennine Way – Stage 3 – Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm – 5 Nights

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Pennine Way – Stage 3 – Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm – 5 Nights

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About this Adventure

Experience the United Kingdom’s first designated and most iconic national trail opened on the 24th April 1965. The full adventure covers the backbone of England, encompassing stunning varied landscapes, three National parks, a multitude of terrain types and is one of the most challenging and rewarding long distance walks.

Stage 3 takes you from the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country in Greenhead, to the finishing point in Kirk Yetholm over 5-hiking days. This section of the trail starts with a journey along some of the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall, before heading North through the Northumberland countryside – passing Hareshaw Linn and Whitley Pike. You spend some time straddling the England-Scotland border, crossing over regularly to bag summits as the trail passes through the Cheviot Hills, before you decide whether to tackle the summit of The Cheviot – the giant among this range. You then descend into the valley and across to Kirk Yetholm, where the finish line and a well-earned drink awaits you.

 

Quick Facts

  • 73 miles (92km), 1,340m (10,175ft) of ascent
  • Stage 3 of the UK’s original National Trail designated in 1965, crossing three National Parks along the spine of England.
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 days’ walking
  • Guidebook and map included
  • Daily door to door luggage transfers
  • 24hr telephone support during your walk if necessary

About & Details

This self-guided long-distance walk along the Pennine Way is a traverse of the backbone and wilderness of England covering three national parks, a World Heritage Site and the huge Area of Outstanding National Beauty that is the wild North Pennines.

It is well signposted and can be strenuous with some longer days walking and some steeper ascending and high-level walking with no phone reception.  Experience with map & compass navigation is strongly recommended. Due to prevailing winds the route is offered South-North to allow you to keep the wind predominately on your back which is a much nicer walking experience.  It is a challenging and rewarding walk and one that will leave you with a lifelong memorable experience and feeling of achievement.

Stage 3 takes you from the heart of the Hadrian’s Wall country in Greenhead, to the finishing point in Kirk Yetholm over 5-hiking days. This section of the trail starts with a journey along some of the best preserved sections of Hadrian’s Wall, before heading North through the Northumberland countryside – passing Hareshaw Linn and Whitley Pike. You spend some time straddling the England-Scotland border, crossing over regularly to bag summits as the trail passes through the Cheviot Hills, before you decide whether to tackle the summit of The Cheviot – the giant among this range. You then descend into the valley and across to Kirk Yetholm, where the finish line and a well-earned drink awaits you.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking.

This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Please note due to the remote nature of some stopovers with limited available accommodation, several transfers will be required on the full route. A supplement may be payable.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24hr on call assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Taxis to- and from- accommodation if located off the trail.
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveler supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Add a well-earned rest day into your trip £95 per person based on twin room sharing
  • Transfer back to your car at the end of your walk available upon request

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road: Greenhead is located on the A69, approximately 1 hour from Newcastle.

By public transport:
There are public bus services from Newcastle to Carlisle (Stagecoach 685), which stop at Greenhead (Mon-Sat).  The journey between the two cities takes 2hrs 30 mins.  There are good links from either Newcastle or Carlisle.

By air:
The nearest airport is Newcastle (NCL), to reach Newcastle Airport from Greenhead you can get the bus and change at Newcastle.

Getting Away

By road: Kirk Yetholm is located on the Scottish Boarders, near the A697 and A68, approximately 1 hour 30 mins from Newcastle.

By public transport:
There are public bus services from Kirk Yetholm to Berwick-upon-Tweed which takes around 2 hours. From here you can connect to most major cities using the East Coast main line.

By air:
The nearest airports are Edinburgh or Newcastle (NCL), to reach Newcastle Airport from Berwick-upon-Tweed you will change at Newcastle Central Station (NCL). You can return to Manchester Airport from Berwick-upon-Tweed by train via a change at Leeds (LDS).

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Transfers

Due to the route of the walk, there is limited accommodation in some locations. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. There may be between 6-7 transfers during the whole route. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Rest days

The Pennine Way is a long distance trek. It is not a bad idea to have a day or two off on route to rest the weary legs, and are obviously also nice as sightseeing days.

 

Complete your walk in stages

If you are UK based, the trip lends itself to splitting into three sections. With Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Greenhead being the splitting points. Therefore the stages would be:

Stage 1: Edale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Stage 2: Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Greenhead

Stage 3: Greenhead to Kirk Yetholm

The stages can be split into a varying number of days.

Please ask us for details if you would like to split your walk.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

Dates and prices

For available dates please click on the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Kirk Yetholm , you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Kirk Yetholm at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - arrival in Greenhead

    Check into your accommodation in (or close) to Greenhead.

  • Day 2 – Greenhead to Housesteads (Once Brewed)

    A shorter day walking today but a very exciting one as you follow Hadrian’s Wall across an undulating route from Greenhead passing through Walltown, Cawfields and onto Winshields Crag the highest point of the wall and admiring the fantastic views across the surrounding countryside. Prepare yourself for the most iconic section of the wall at Steel Rigg and Sycamore Gap – famous as the site of numerous films including Robin Hood, the wall follows the escarpment before descending to Housesteads Roman Fort where you can see the enormous scale of the military operations and civilian settlement which was here almost 2000 years ago.

    Tonight’s accommodation will be at Housesteads, or the nearby settlement of Once Brewed.

    11 miles (17km), 550m (1,805ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Housesteads to Bellingham

    A quieter day walking as you leave the relative bustle of the Hadrian’s Wall and head north at Rapishaw Gap and traverse moorlands and fields towards Ealingham Rigg before descending into the village of Bellingham where you will stay for the night. If you have time and the energy the nearby waterfall of Hareshaw Linn a 3-mile round trip is well worth a visit.

    14 miles (23 km), 440m (1,445ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 - Bellingham to Bryness

    Leaving Bellingham enjoy the views across Northumberland and look back at the peak of Cross Fell. Climbing gently across grassy moorland and onto the heathery summit of Whitley Pike. Following the flagstone path, you will pass the ‘pepperpot’ cairn just off the route at Padon Hill. You will skirt the forest marked by ‘GH’ boundary stones used to mark the estate of the High Sheriff of Northumberland. Follow forest tracks down into Blakehopeburnhaugh and into the hamlet of Bryness where you will be staying tonight.

    16 miles (25 km), 500m (1,640ft) of ascent – Strenuous walking day

  • Day 5 - Byrness to Trows

    Welcome to the Cheviot Hills!  It is a steep initial climb after Byrness up to the grassy crest at Byrness Hill. From here you carry on and at Coquet, cross from England to Scotland across moorland before crossing back into England where you will pass the remains of a Roman camp. The route follows the ‘border fence’ and enjoy the views as you walk to the Yearning Saddle refuge hut.  Windy Gyle at (2,031ft) is the next summit to bag, just on the Scottish side and enjoy the views you have earned. From the summit the ‘border fence’ follows downhill to Trows where a pre-arranged taxi will collect you and transfer you to tonight’s accommodation.

    15 miles (25 km), 580m (2,790ft) of ascent – Strenuous walking day

    Due to very limited accommodation in Trows, you will be required to transfer to nearby venues for tonight’s accommodation, a supplement may be payable.

  • Day 6 - Trows to Kirk Yetholm

    After being transferred back to Trows Farm, head back to Windy Gyle Top and head to King’s Seat. From here you can decide to summit The Cheviot or chose to omit this 2.5-mile spur depending on your stamina. After that decision you pass the square cairns at Auchope Cairn and the hut at Henhole. Enjoying views along the College Valley you follow the flagstone path and moorland passing again from England to Scotland at Black Hag. Here you can choose to take the high route and soak in the views from White Law or follow the grassy lower route across Burnhead. Either way you descend into the village of Kirk Yetholm and the official end at the Border Hotel and maybe a well-earned drink! Congratulations is in order as this marks the official end of the Pennine Way’s Northern section!

    The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.

    17 miles (27 km), 760m (2,495ft) of ascent – Strenuous walking day

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

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Reviews

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Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

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