The Pennine Bridleway is the only National Trail designed specifically for horse riders and cyclists and it’s a fantastic trail for walkers too. The trail starts in the Derbyshire Peak District and stretches up to Ravenstonedale in the Yorkshire Dales. This varied and often hilly trail follows old drovers’ roads, ancient packhorse routes and newly created bridleways on a journey through the industrial history of the beautiful Pennines.
The route is 205 miles in length but sections of it can be enjoyed as part of a day walk or longer distances can be explored over multiple days or weeks by stopping off at the many local accommodation options available on or near the trail. Much of the trail is stile-free and sections of it are accessible for those using all-terrain wheelchairs.
For dog owners, the lack of stiles makes it dog friendly and for horse riders wanting to explore, you’ll find equestrian facilities such as horse box parking, mounting blocks and water troughs at key points along the way.
The trail includes 2 large loop sections: The Mary Towneley Loop and the Settle Loop. The Mary Towneley Loop in the Southern Pennines is a 47 mile loop that makes a great weekend walk or ride. The Settle Loop is a 10 mile circuit through the limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and is a great day’s walk or ride with stunning scenery.