The Pennine Bridleway is a new purpose built trail for horse riders, mountain bikers and walkers.
The Pennine Bridleway is a 205 miles (330 Km) long National Trail running through the Pennine hills from Derbyshire to Cumbria. It has been specially designed for horse riders, and is also great for mountain bikers and walkers. The route was opened in stages with the full 205 mile route opened by Martin Clunes in June 2012.
The Trail includes 2 large loops. The first is the Mary Towneley Loop in the South Pennines that was the first section of the Trail to open back in 2002. This is 47 miles long and makes a great weekend’s walk or ride, it takes 2 days by bike and 3-4 days on horse or foot.
The 2nd Loop is the 10 mile Settle Loop in the Yorkshire Dales. This makes an excellent days walk or horse ride and can be extended by using the bridleway network to take in the village of Malham too.
The Pennine Bridleway is not the same as the Pennine Way; it follows a different route and has been designed especially for use by horse-riders and cyclists.
Check out the National Trails website for more details.
The Trail has two potential starting points in Derbyshire, the main one being at Middleton Top visitor centre on the High Peak Trail near Wirksworth. The second start point, which is recommended for horse riders, is at Hartington Station on the Tissington Trail. This route avoids a difficult section of the High Peak Trail with low walled embankments. A horsebox park with turning area has been provided here along with a shelter and watering point.
End to end, Hartington Station to Ravenstonedale: 174 miles over 12 days (less by bike)
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