Get Inspired: Walk The Way in a Day

Man walking along a Pennine Way trail

With 268 miles to choose from, walking a section of the Pennine Way can be a daunting prospect. Especially if you are new to walking outdoors.

Inspired by The Pennine Way series, we asked the staff at the National Trail to give us some advise on where to start if you are looking for an easy walk with a view.

Here are their top five places to experience the Pennine Way for the first time:


Swaledale along the Pennine Way

Swaledale is one of the most beautiful valleys in Yorkshire, this walk takes in part of the Pennine Way and has fabulous views, and you end a pub. It's perfect!


waterfall at Teesdale along the Pennine Way

Teesdale is an amazing place with High and Low force and stunning wildflower meadows. The Pennine Way follows the river taking you through the very best landscapes. The circular walk is a long one, but there are lots of options to shorten it, or to see the best part of the Tees park at Bowlees Visitor Centre and walk north along the river past Low Force up to High Force then return the same way.

Hadrian's Wall

a tree on a hill at Hadrian's Wall along the Pennine Way

The Pennine Way follows Hadrians' Wall for around 10 miles. This is the very best part of the famous World Heritage Site with lots of Roman history along the entire section, and fabulous views. Walk the Way in a Day has divided this section into 3 circular walks, but walking any part of the Wall is a great family day out.

Malham Cove and Tarn

Malham Cove along the Pennine Way

If you want to see limestone scenery at its best Malham is the place to go. Walk 35 takes in both the Cove and Tarn, but walkers wanting a less challenging day can choose to do one or the other, as the walk is figure of 8.

Calderdale - Stoodley Pike

Stoodley Pike along the Pennine Way

The perfect family walk as you feel on the top of the world at Stoodley Pike, especially if you brave the dark and climb up inside, but it's actually a relatively easy walk and the views are tremendous. The return route is along the canal so remember to save some of your lunch for the ducks.

Kinder Scout

Kinder Scout

And of course there is Kinder Scout, where it all started with the famous mass trespass in 1932. Our walk recreates the route of that event, although you won't have to fight with gamekeepers today as the land is now owned and managed by the National Trust.

Walk the Way in a Day

These are just a few of the gentler walks you can do in a day along the Pennine Way. To see a full list, including downloadable maps and more challenging walks, visit National Trails.

Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way on April 25th. Grab your walking shoes, download a map and take a walk making sure to tweet your photos and comments with #WalkTheWay. There are also festivals and family days out at selected locations so take a look at what's happening at a trail near you.

What Next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into walking near you.

2. Find out more about The Pennine Way and get tips on walking the way with adventurer, Paul Rose.

3. Share your story and inspire others.