The major advantage of hiking rather than running the Pennine Way is that you’ll most probably do most of it in daylight and won’t miss out on any of its greatest moments. And most probably, you won’t be hallucinating wildly either.
On average it takes most hikers about 16-19 days. The majority of walkers go south-north, this direction is most common, and this also keeps the weather to your back. Spring and autumn months are usually the most pleasurable times for long-distance walks. Summer can be joyful too, but well-liked weekend walking destinations in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales can get really busy and accommodation may need booking well in advance.
The Pennine Way conveniently leads you to villages with accommodation options at regular intervals. Wild camping is the purist’s option, although it brings little local economies. If you want to hike the Pennine way as lightly as possible, check companies that offer luggage transfers. One of them is Contours Walking Holidays (contours.co.uk), owned by Mark Townsend, who completed the 2015 Spine Race in joint fourth.