In order to make the most of
the TPT, we've assembled some practical information about using
Enjoy the TPT
There: Travel and Parking Information
Please reduce impact on the environment by using public transport to
get to the TPT wherever you can. Much of the TPT can be easily accessed
by bus and train and covering a linear stretch of the route is easier
with no need to retrace your steps! You’ll be helping to support
local services too. Railway stations near the trail are clearly shown
on the maps.
If you do travel by car – car parks are sparse on many parts of
the route. Please be considerate and be do not obstruct farm gates or
residential access points when you park.
National Rail Enquiries
Western Section Hornsea to Penistone
Southport & Liverpool Travel Enquiries (Merseytravel)
0151 227 5181
Widnes, Warrington & Lymm
01244 602 666
0161 228 7811
0870 608 2608
01709 515 151
Cycles on trains: local trains take cycles free (no need to book).
May need to book on other services. Manchester Metro (tram) does
not permit cycles.
If you do travel by car – car parks are sparse on many parts
of the route. Please be considerate and be do not obstruct farm gates
or residential access points when you park.
Central Section Penistone to Sprotbrough and Leeds to Sheffield
Derbyshire area (Chesterfield)
0870 608 2608
South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster Rotherham)
01709 515 151
West Yorkshire (Leeds, Wakefield)
0161 228 7811
Cycles on trains: local trains take bicycles free (no need to book).
Sheffield Supertram does not permit cycles.
Eastern Section Sprotbrough to Hornsea
Cycles on trains: local trains take bicycles free
(no need to book). Some peak time restrictions on York-Hull.
Trans Pennine Trail and E8
The Trans Pennine Trail is part of European Long Distance Footpath
E8, which is a route under development in 10 European Countries, including
Britain. E8 currently ends at the Polish Ukraine border. The Trans
Pennine Trail was the first designated E route in Britain and is the
only section of the E8 that is multi-user. The rest of the E8 route
on Continental Europe is for walkers only.
The E8 is already available for walkers in the Netherlands, Germany,
Austria, Slovakia, Poland and part of Bulgaria.
The European Ramblers Association has identified the walking route
of the Trans Pennine Trail as the British leg of the E8. Daily sailing’s
between the King George Dock in Hull and Rotterdam by North Sea Ferries
form a vital link between the mainland sections of the route. From
Liverpool, the Dublin ferry makes Ireland accessible for walkers, where
the E8 route from Dublin to Kerry, following the Wicklow Way, is almost
Walkers can take up the E8 route from the Europort at Rotterdam. The
route then passes through the Netherlands, crossing into Germany to
Bonn, through the Rhine Valley. It then crosses north Austria and rejoins
the Danube from Vienna to the border of Slovakia. Here the route rises
through the mountains and leaves through the Dukla Pass, passing through
the southern tip of Poland into the Ukraine. It then travels south
through Romania and Bulgaria. It is hoped that it will eventually continue
through Turkey on to Istanbul, on the Bosporus, but there is no set
timescale for this at the moment.
The Long Distance Walkers Association has set up a web
site covering E8. Their Internet address is: http://www.ldwa.org.uk/.
The Trans Pennine Trail national office in Barnsley does not publish
a guide to the rest of the E8 in Europe.
We would love to hear your comments on the TPT, good or bad, whether
you use only the section of trail near your home or have travelled
the TPT right across the country !
Please contact us at the TPT office.
TPT Stamping Scheme - Been There, Done That, Now get the T-Shirt!
If you plan to complete the TPT from Liverpool or Southport to Hull
or Hornsea or the full trail including north and south sections, you
can collect stamps on your card at set locations as you walk or ride
across the trail to keep a souvenir of your journey or to apply
for an official free certificate to prove you’ve completed the
Notes for Horse Riders
There is not a continuous TPT route suitable for horse riders
. The needs of different horses and riders vary dramatically so we
sections of the TPT where the route is generally accessible for most
horse riders on the officeial map. You will encounter step over ‘horse
stiles’ at many access points – designed to BHS guidelines
when the TPT started. Parking suitable for horseboxes is indicated
where we know it exists, again on the maps. The British Horse Society
is investigating the best routes to link gaps in the TPT horse riding
route and the TPT office will be publishing a short guide for riders.
Please contact the BHS for more details:-
Greater Manchester County Access & Bridleways Officer
British Horse Society
285 Greenacres Road
Oldham, OL4 2DP
Tel: (0161) 6333004
The official TPT Accommodation Guide contains details of some stables
across the TPT.
TPT on a Recumbent Bike (coast to coast)
Surfaces are very varied. Over 60% of the coast to coast route is
'off road' on traffic free paths. This is usually crushed stone,
paths with off road tarmac surfaces in some places (disused railway
lines, canal towpaths etc.) Sometimes you will be on the highway
but over the whole length of trail this is quite low and much of
is quiet county lanes - e.g. long stretches on lanes in east Yorkshire
- but there are a few urban bits too. The quality of the purpose
built crushed stone paths varies - the TPT is not designed for road
as it is for walkers and horse riders too so the surfaces used have
been a compromise between what the different users like ! In a few
places you follow farm tracks and these can be a bit rough.
Some sections of the TPT have problems with illegal use by motor
vehicle (esp. motor bikes) so the local authorities who have
built the Trial
have installed access controls at access points along the route.
There are several different types. You may find some of these difficult
to get through on a recumbent depending on how wide/long it is.
There are wide variety of access controls on the TPT and you will
find some easier than others to get through. Some are an 'A
frame' type design. There is no length restriction on these and the
width is wide enough for most pushchairs/wheelchairs.
There are others that have an upside down 'U' shape designed for pushchairs,
wheelchairs etc. with no length restriction.
In some places there is a chicane type barrier or kissing gate type
- you will probably find these most difficult and may have to lift
you bike over some of them - so be warned !
We are aware of the problem these barriers cause some legitimate users
- they are real nuisance for some people. But the motorbike issue is
also a big problem too on some parts of the TPT and although they don't
stop the problem, the access gates have been shown to deter some motorbikes
and at least slow them down - so the Local Authorities who have developed
and look after the TPT will not take the gates out in the foreseeable