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North West Way

307 km / 191 miles

Cumbria, Lancashire
This walk was devised to incorporate some of the best walking in the north of England. It has been broken into manageable sections with overnight stops where good accommodation is available. Starting and finishing at mainline railway stations, this walk is designed for anyone of reasonable fitness. Based on years of experience of walking using guidebooks which are vague, misleading and sometimes simply totally wrong, the author has taken great care to give simple instructions which have been rigorously checked.

Starting in Preston the walk follows the Ribble Way on the riverside paths of the delightful Ribble Valley, through Ribchester and Hurst Green to Gisburn. Shortly after Gisburn it heads eastwards to pick up the Pennine Way at Malham with its dramatic limestone outcrops. Follow it northwards through what anyone who has completed the Pennine Way would agree is its best section. There are many scenic highlights such as the exciting scramble over Pen-y-Ghent, the formidable heights of Great Dun Fell and Cross Fell, the awesome falls of High Force, the glacial valley of High Cup Nick - which many consider to be the highlight of the walk and many more too numerous to mention. At Alston, the highest market town in England, the Pennine Way reaches one of its poorer sections. Our walk instead takes a more gentle route up the beautiful South Tyne Trail, following the line of a disused railway to Haltwhistle. The walk now links with the Hadrian's Wall National Trail and heads west towards Carlisle along an inspiring walk rich with history and over the incomparable Walltown Craggs, one of the highlights of walking in the north of England.


Details:

Path Type
Other Paths
Attributes
Challenging; Moorland; Mountain; National Park
Start
SD535290 - Preston, Lancashire
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Finish
NY402555 - Carlisle, Cumbria
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Paperback
North West Way (Trailguides Ltd - 2013)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Caravan Park
Gallaber Park  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
62 Km
B & B Accommodation
Littlebank Guest House  (bookable online)
4 Km
68 Km
Hostel Accommodation
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77 Km
Hostel Accommodation
4 Km
77 Km
Bunk House
5 Km
90 Km
Self-catering
Gaudy House Farm  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
120 Km
Camping Barn
4 Km
121 Km
Camping Barn
5 Km
121 Km
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121 Km
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121 Km
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124 Km
Bunk House
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142 Km
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192 Km
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The Hollies  (bookable online)
4 Km
211 Km
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Bongate House  (bookable online)
5 Km
211 Km
Self-catering
Low Edge Cottage  (bookable online)
5 Km
211 Km
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Appleby Castle  (bookable online)
5 Km
211 Km
Other
Brow Farm Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
211 Km
Self-catering
Fellside Cottages  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
211 Km
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< 1 Km
211 Km
Self-catering
Long Marton Station  (bookable online)
2 Km
211 Km
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Kirkby Thore Hall  (bookable online)
5 Km
211 Km
Self-catering
2 Km
213 Km
Self-catering
High Slakes  (bookable online)
3 Km
213 Km
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Low Howgill Farm  (bookable online)
3 Km
213 Km
Self-catering
The Granary  (bookable online)
4 Km
213 Km
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Kirkland Hall Cottages  (bookable online)
4 Km
224 Km
Bunk House
< 1 Km
236 Km
Self-catering
Isaac's Byre  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
236 Km
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< 1 Km
236 Km
Self-catering
Sunrise Cottage  (bookable online)
4 Km
236 Km
Self-catering
Ghyll Burn Cottage  (bookable online)
1 Km
240 Km
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242 Km
Walkers are Welcome
< 1 Km
242 Km
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Alston Art Apartments  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
242 Km
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Lowbyer Manor Country House  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
242 Km
Bunk House
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265 Km
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4 Km
267 Km
Hostel Accommodation
< 1 Km
273 Km
Group Accommodation
< 1 Km
278 Km
Self-catering
3 Km
283 Km
Walkers are Welcome
3 Km
289 Km
Self-catering
Old Chapel  (bookable online)
4 Km
294 Km
Self-catering
Linstock Barn  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
303 Km
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Warren Guest House  (bookable online)
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305 Km
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Cherry Grove Guest House  (bookable online)
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306 Km
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Langleigh House  (bookable online)
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306 Km
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The Angus  (bookable online)
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306 Km
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The Halston Aparthotel  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
306 Km
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< 1 Km
307 Km
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Crown and Mitre Hotel  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
307 Km
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< 1 Km
307 Km
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Crossroads House  (bookable online)
5 Km
307 Km

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