Pennine Way, South (Edale to Malham)
Total distance covered; 74 miles (119kms)
6 days walking based in Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge, our base for the southern section of the Pennine Way, is a former mill town which grew up in the early 19th century when its location in the Calder Valley made it a prime site for development during the Industrial Revolution. The town became famous for the production of heavy cotton cloth, but it’s prosperity declined under pressure from foreign competition.
Today those mill building which still remain have been converted to smart apartments and Hebden Bridge has a range inns, restaurants and takeaways 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 Hebden Bridge is outside the Visitor and Canal Centre on Butlers Wharf.
Accommodation; There is a variety of accommodation in Hebden Bridge and details can be found on the following websites:
Alternatively, an accommodation guide can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre in Hebden Bridge, whose contact details are as follows:
Hebden Bridge Visitor and Canal Centre, Butlers Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8AF
Tel; 01422 843831
How to reach Hebden Bridge by public transport; There is a railway station in Hebden Bridge. National Express run a coach service from London to Halifax and there are frequent local bus services from Halifax to Hebden Bridge.
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 Hebden Bridge, Calderdale and the Pennine Way can be found on the following websites:
Cicerone Press produce an informative guidebook for this route.
Day 1: Edale to Snake Pass 10 miles (16kms)
Day 2: Snake Pass to Wessenden Head Road 13 miles (21kms)
Day 3: Wessenden Head Road to Hebden Bridge 17 miles (27kms)
Day 4: Hebden Bridge to Ponden 11 miles (18kms)
Day 5: Ponden to Thornton-in-Craven 11 miles (18kms)
Day 6: Thornton-in-Craven to Malham 10 miles (16kms)
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