Using public transport to walk the Pennine Way
Edale - The start of the walk is easily reached by train from either Manchester or Sheffield with an hourly service. I stayed overnight in Sheffield and, at the end of the first day, went down into Manchester from Hadfield.
Crowden - An extra couple of miles walk down to Hadfield and there is a frequent service to Manchester.
Standedge - There's a good bus service between Huddersfield and Oldham and an hourly train service between Manchester and Huddersfield a few miles down hill at Marsden. I stayed overnight at the hotel at Standedge.
Hebden Bridge - an excellent train service to Leeds, Bradford, York, Preston, Blackpool and Manchester.
Stanbury - There's an hourly bus service to Keighley, which has excellent train services to Leeds, Bradford, Skipton, Lancaster and Carlisle.
Thornton in Craven - There's an hourly bus service between Skipton and Burnley.
Malham - There's a very limited weekday bus service to Skipton. ( I arrived the day before and stayed in Malham).
Horton in Ribblesdale - There is a fairly frequent service on the Leeds to Carlisle line.
Hawes - Hawes has a good bus service to Leyburn with connections there to the railway station at Northallerton on the main East Coast and Trans Pennine lines
Keld - Keld has just two buses a day from Richmond which in turn has a good bus service to Darlington for mainline services.
Bowes - there's a rather poor bus service the short distance to Barnard Castle, where there is an hourly service to Darlington.
Middleton in Teesdale - Middleton has an hourly bus service to Darlington with a change at Barnard Castle. Be aware that buses stop at two different stops in Middleton so check which side of the road you need to be.
Dufton - There is a bus three times a week from Appleby, where trains can be caught on the Leeds to Carlisle route, but I chose to walk the Pennine Way from Middleton in Teesdale to Greenhead.
Alston - There are bus services to both Carlisle and Haltwhistle (for trains or buses on the Newcastle to Carlisle routes) but they are very infrequent.
Greenhead - There is an hourly bus service between Carlisle, Haltwhistle, Hexham and Newcastle, with train services available from all these stations, which makes Greenhead an excellent place to leave the Pennine Way by public transport. Also from April to the end of October the Hadrian's Wall bus service provides a good service from Carlisle, Newcastle and Hexham to reach Greenhead.
Housesteads - From April to the end of October the Hadrian's Wall bus service provides a good service from Carlisle, Newcastle and Hexham to reach Housesteads.
Bellingham - There is a reasonably frequent bus service from Hexham bus station (near the railway station) to Bellingham although services finish just after 18.00.
Byrness - there is a National Express coach service 383 from Edinburgh to Wrexham and Munros operate a daily Jedburgh to Newcastle service.
Kirk Yetholm - There are reasonably frequent bus services to Kelso for connections to Edinburgh.
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