Walking around Tan Hill

Embark on scenic  walks, deep in the Yorkshire countryside…

Beautifully scenic walks
on our doorstep

We’ve been catering to walkers for over 300 years.

As the highest pub in Britain and situated at the summit of the Pennine Way, the Tan Hill Inn is a popular stopover for walkers and hikers. The inn offers a range of services and amenities to cater to the needs of walkers.

The inn offers comfortable accommodations for walkers, with options ranging from private rooms to dormitories. The rooms are equipped with all the necessary amenities, including hot showers and comfortable beds, ensuring that walkers have a comfortable and restful night’s sleep.

Our services

With its range of services and amenities catering to the needs of walkers, the Tan Hill Inn is the perfect base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales on foot.

Secure Storage

The inn offers secure bike storage for cyclists, providing peace of mind that their bikes are safe and secure while they are exploring the local area.

Bike Wash

The inn also offers a bike wash service, allowing cyclists to clean off any mud or dirt from their bikes after a day of cycling.

Cycling Routes

The Tan Hill Inn is situated on several popular cycling routes, including the Tour de Yorkshire, making it the perfect base for exploring the local area on two wheels.

Packed Lunches

The inn also offers packed lunches for cyclists who prefer to pack their own lunch for the day’s ride. The lunches include a sandwich, crisps, fruit, and a drink, providing the energy needed for a full day of cycling.

Drying Room

Cyclists can also use the dedicated drying room to dry off any wet clothes or gear.

Circular Walk to Keld and Ravenseat

9.5 Miles

Start at the highest pub in Britain and take a walk along the famous Pennine Way, then walk along the Coast to Coast, stop for a tea and scone at Ravenseat before returning to the Tan Hill Inn for a well-deserved real ale in front of the roaring fire.

The Circular walk to Keld and Ravenseat is:

Distance: 9.5 miles circular

Duration: 5-6 hours

Recommended map: OS Explorer OL 19


1 – From the Tan Hill Inn turn right and take the first turn left.

2 – Keep along this moorland road until you reach a footpath sign on the right. The footpath crosses the moor diagonally towards a junction of streams. Cross the stream here and continue on the left-hand bank.

3 – Cross the stream and head up the hillside opposite, with a rather deep gully on your right.

4 – At the crest of the hill, turn left and follow the direction of the fingerpost. Keep across the moor in the same direction.

5 – Etched on the skyline to the right are the stones of Nine Standards Rigg. Continue on the path across Moorland. If you stray slightly to the right from the compass bearing you can follow a fence to reach the signpost and stile at the next waymark.

6 – Cross the stile and follow the path as it bears right and drops down into the valley. Continue downhill with the gully on your left, towards the farm below. Ford the beck via stepping stones and pass through the field gate at the farm to reach a stone bridge on your left.

7 – Cross the bridge and walk through the narrow gap between two farm buildings. Continue ahead through the gap in the next wall. Yellow route markers now make their appearance. Keep walking passed the farm buildings and through a series of gates, with the river below on your right.

8 – Where the path forks uphill here, keep right.

9 – As the track descends, with the river bridge and road in sight, take the rising footpath off to the left. The path leads onto a track, passed some derelict buildings, and continues above the river.

10 – Continue, with beautiful views of the river below on right. Climb two ladder stiles en route to the exit path at the road. Turn right and follow the road downhill around bends. Then cross the river via the road bridge.

11 – At the junction, turn left and walk along the road to return to Keld.

12 – Walk downhill to the start of the footpath, signposted to Muker. Follow the footpath downhill towards the river.

13 – The left fork leads down to the river Swale. Cross the bridge and climb to reach another fork. Turn left onto the Pennine Way, following it as it ascends.

14 – By a house where two greystone paths diverge, take neither but follow the grassy track uphill to the right. Look out for the white acorn logo and continue across the moor. Join the track from the path, and continue to walk in the same direction.

15 – At the cairn, you can take either path heading northeast (both lead to the same point but the left-hand route may be drier). Bear right onto the rising path up the side of the valley and keep following the Pennine Way signs to get back to the Tan Hill Inn.


How to find us

The Tan Hill Inn is at ‘the Top of the World’ sitting high above the beauty and delights of Arkengarthdale, Swaledale and Teesdale, click on the map below to get directions on Google Maps.

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Established 1840.

The World Famous Tan Hill Inn is Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level.

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