Pennine Way, Central (Malham to Dufton)

Total distance covered; 84 miles (136kms)
6 days walking based in Hawes

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Hawes, our base for the central section of the Pennine Way, is a bustling market town located in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Pennine Way runs through the middle of the town.


View down onto the town of Hawes from a nearby hilltop


Hawes is home to the Wensleydale cheese and a world-famous rope manufacturers and the Tuesday market draws in both locals and visitors. Hawes has a number of inns and restaurants offering food in the evenings. It also has a number of shops where one can purchase the makings of a packed lunch.

The daily meeting point in Hawes is outside the National Park Visitor Centre.

Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Hawes and the adjoining village of Gayle, including hotels, guesthouses, self-catering cottages and a Youth Hostel. Details can be found on the following websites:

Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Hawes, whose contact details are as follows:

Hawes National Park Visitor Centre, Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NT
Telephone: 01969 666210

How to reach Hawes by public transport, The nearest railway station to Hawes is Garsdale Head (six miles distant) on the Settle to Carlisle line. There are local buses (Harrogate & District "Little White Bus' service No. 855) from Garsdale to Hawes.

Although Garsdale is the nearest station it is not always the most convenient, particularly if there is any engineering work on the Settle to Carlisle line. Another station to consider is Northallerton (36 miles distant) as there is a regular bus service (Dales & District service No. 156/157) between Northallerton station and Hawes.

If you are completing more than one section of the Pennine Way the dates allow for a full day (the Saturday) to make the transfer from Hebden Bridge to Hawes and/or Hawes to Hexham. For the convenience of guests without their own means of conveyance, who would prefer not to use public transport, there will be a minibus transfer available at a cost of £30 per passenger, per transfer.

General information on the Wensleydale area, and on the Pennine Way, can be found on the following websites:

Cicerone Press produce an informative guidebook for this route.


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Holiday Options 2024

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Date:Jul 14 - Jul 19, 2024
Grade:3 - 4
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Daily Itinerary 

Day 1: Malham to Horton-in-Ribblesdale 14 miles (23kms)
Day 2: Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Hawes 14 miles (23kms)
Day 3: Hawes to Tan Hill Inn 16 miles (26kms)
Day 4: Tan Hill Inn to Grassholme Reservoir 14 miles (23kms)
Day 5: Grassholme Reservoir to Forest-in-Teesdale 13 miles (21kms)
Day 6: Forest-in-Teesdale to Dufton 12 miles (19kms)



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