If you're looking for a breath
of fresh air, or wanting to sample the trail before you plan a
longer trip, why not take a day out? We've some selected routes
below, but we'd like to include more ideas here, so please email
us your suggestions if
a trip on the trail.
Sea Mark - Plains, Dunes and Dodgems 14.5 miles (traffic free 12 miles)
Aintree to Southport:
Walkers and Cyclists - Suitable for families
This route starts at the official Irish Sea marked start
to the TPT at Southport Marine Drive then follows the Sefton Coastal
the dunes, passes through the Lancashire Plains along the Cheshire
Lines disused railway before arriving at Aintree Racecourse. Exit is
at Wally's steps however these are very steep and alternative
exit point is at Chapel Lane.
This route can be done in reverse to start
off a day at the seaside, or as it is for a day at the races!
Mersey Rail services run from Liverpool to Aintree / Southport.
High on the Trail 11.5 miles - all traffic free
Dunford Bridge to Penistone return:
Walkers Cyclists Equestrians - suitable for families
extension to highest point 3 miles return)
This route starts at the market town of Penistone railway station
and follows the track bed of the old railway on the Upper Don Section
the Trail. The traffic free path runs to Dunford Bridge where horse
box parking is available (riders may prefer the route in reverse).
An optional detour on road along where the TPT and Pennine Cycleway
share ways will take you to the plinth marking the highest point on
the TPT at Windle Edge - you need to cross the road to see the
After you have completed your journey you could round the day off
with a film or an organ recital at the Penistone Paramount cinema
Regular Trains run to Penistone from Leeds, Sheffield, Barnsley and
If you have had a grand day out on the Trail please let us know so
we can tell others about your recommended trip!