Pennine Bridleway

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Riding helmets off to Mary Towneley who rode from Derbyshire to Northumberland in 1986 to underline the poor state of the country’s bridleways and to launch the idea of a Pennine Bridleway. It is the only national trail specifically designed for horse riders but a great route for walkers too and an good alternative to the challenging Pennine Way.

It's currently an impressive 205 miles (330km) in length, and the third longest of England’s national trails. The first section, the Mary Towneley Loop, a 47 mile short circuit through the south Pennines around Todmorden and Bacup, was opened in May 2002. The latest section was opened by the actor (and horse fanatic) Martin Clunes in June 2012.

It starts at Middleton Top or Hartington Station (the routes merge south of Parsley Hay), winding its way through the Peak District to the steep-sided valleys of the South Pennines. From there it heads north to the striking limestone of the Yorkshire Dales National Park before skirting the western edge of the North Pennines to finish at Street, near Ravenstonedale in Cumbria.


Does anyone know when the walking guide to the northern section will be available? Thanks.

Coming soon!

We're adding long distance trails to Ramblers Routes - our online library of walking routes. Independent walker


The Derbyshire to South Pennines route of the Pennine Bridelway take an average of five days to complete on foot. The Mary Towneley Loop takes an average of three days.

Our involvement with the Pennine Bridleway

We supported the creation of the Pennine Bridleway, a new National Trail for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers that follows old packhorse routes, drovers roads and newly created bridleways.