The most accessible, mainly off-road,
coast-to-coast multi-user route across the spine of Northern England.
What is the Trans Pennine Trail?
The TPT is a national recreation route for walking,
cycling and equestrian use. It was officially opened in September 2001
after over a decade of development via a unique a partnership of 26
local authorities and United Utilities, and over £30 million expenditure.
It is a signed route for Walkers, Cyclists
and Equestrian users connecting towns, cities, villages
and countryside across the North of England coast to coast between Liverpool and Hull with Spurs to Southport and Hornsea.
The Trail is largely purpose built -
using surfaced, level paths along canals, riversides, disused railways
lines, minor roads, urban cycle paths Ė making it mainly traffic free.† Most
of the Trail is relatively flat so it provides easy walking, running,
and cycling, and is very accessible, attractive for novice cyclists,
the elderly, people with disabilities, and families.
Who is it for?†
Everybody who wants to walk or ride a bicycle, with many miles also available
to horse riders. Easy gradients and surfaced paths along canals and
disused railways make much of the route suitable for people using wheelchairs
or pushchairs and lots of the trail is traffic free, providing a super
facility for families!
What do users have to say?
did not know that there was so much so walking close to home.† We do not even have to take
the car off the drive for some of them, and itís only 10 minutes drive
for the others.† The amount of people we see walking and cycling is
evidence of your success!† Mrs Anderson, Mexborough
Thanks for the wonderful
experience, an excellent way to spend a few days and I have many good
memories... I would recommend it to every cyclist I know and am looking
forward to repeating the experience. Ken Brownless (July 2002)
I must say how much Iíve
enjoyed the Trail.† Being traffic-free is a delight!† Itís also good
to see family groups able to cycle safely, and in some sections wheelchair
users can get along quite well. John Llewellyn, Didsbury (23
The most stress free and
relaxing holiday we have had... We are looking around for a trip for
this year but your trail will be very hard to beat, once again a very
big thank you for a wonderful time!† Richard Bednaarz (4
February 2003, e-mail)
My journey exceeded expectations
and I saw places even close to home that I never knew existed...† it
made a great change to get away from the hustle and bustle and most
importantly steep hills.† I am totally hooked and will definitely attempt
the whole trail.† Rob Butler, Wakefield (14 April, e-mail)