Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail
A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders
Trans Pennine Trail – where to go
The Trail stretches the breadth of northern England – 215 miles (345 km) from Southport in the west to Hornsea in the east.
Additionally there is a 70 mile (112 km) north-south route running from Leeds to Chesterfield, and a 15-mile (24 km) spur between Selby and York. The various route options add up to around 350 miles (560 km) of signed route.
To help you explore some of the hundreds of attractions along the route, we have divided this section of the website into three parts:
Covers the route from Leeds to Chesterfield. Starts by the royal armouries in the centre of Leeds and travels alongside the Aire & Calder Navigation before skirting Wakefield and continuing south to cross the east-west route at Barnsley. There are a number of route choices through Sheffield and Rotherham before the Trail heads to its southern-most point at Chesterfield.
Covers the route from Barnsley to Hornsea. Starting at RSPB Old Moor Barnsley, through the Dearne Valley before reaching the River Don at Doncaster. The route turns north here via quiet lanes and alongside the New Junction Canal to Selby. At Selby an extension of the Trail continues north to the historic city of York, whilst the main Trail swings east following parallel to the Rivers Ouse and Humber. After passing through the foothills of the Yorkshire Wolds, the Trail reaches Kingston upon Hull and then on to the eastern terminus at the seaside town of Hornsea on the North Sea coast – which is also marked by a specially-commissioned Seamark on the seafront.