The Trail is a multi-user route designed with walkers in mind and provides a great way to explore the countryside whether that's just an afternoon stroll or a journey across northern England. Most of the Trail is relatively flat, so it provides easy walking, and the route is comprehensively signed. For much of the route, walkers share the Trail with cyclists and horse riders, but there are additional 'walkers only' sections allowing you to stay off-road for even more of the route.
Here are a few points to help you enjoy your walk on the Trail
- Wear stout shoes or boots. Although designed for walkers, some parts of the Trail are rough or muddy and you'll need appropriate footwear
- Remember your waterproofs and warm clothing. The Trail climbs right over the Pennines and is consequently liable to rapid changes in weather even on warm, sunny days
- Take some spare food and drink. Although the Trail passes through many towns and cities, there are sections with many miles between shops and pubs. Always have a little spare, just in case!
- Take a map. The Trail is comprehensively signed, but mistakes do happen; there are maps of the whole Trail available from the TPT office
- Check surfaces and access points prior to your trip if you have a disability that affects your mobility
- Leave nothing but footprints... Please take your rubbish home and clean up after your dog. The Trail is a multi-user facility for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families and mobility-impaired users. All these users may have to use the same section of path, so we ask everyone to use the Trail with care, courtesy and consideration. Please make sure you have read the Trail Users Code.