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Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail

A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders

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A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders

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The vision for the Trans Pennine Trail back in the late 1980’s has resulted in the amazing facility we have today which thousands of people across the country now enjoy and will do so for years to come.

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38 Comments

  1. Lee Copeland

    Myself and my son have just completed the TPT ride from Southport to Hornsea. What a great ride, i read lots on the site before we set off on Bank Holiday Monday. The first day we rode 50 miles to a nights stay over in Lymm @ the Lymm hotel, had a lovely night in Lymm. The next day we set out for a run up to Glossop where we stayed over again @ an old pub called the Bulls Head ” Great value for money” Day 3 we hit the hills and over the woodhead pass this is where i find out my 15 year old son is a much better climber than me. After leaving the hills behind us it really is all down hill to Hornsea, this night we stayed over in Mexbrough just outside Doncaster. At this point i will say Google maps is a must on your phone although the signs are good Google maps are needed to help you out of scrapes. Day 4 off to we had a tootle along to Brayton staying over night there Day 5 we rode into hull again nice and flat some lovely villages along the way you could a pin drop . Day 6 Hull to Hornsea again a little confusing the sign posts through Hull but with the help of the trusted Google maps we made it to Hornsea, it was a great feeling of achievement that we had made the journey. The sign says 210 miles i actually recorded 242 miles it just shows you that it easy to get lost. All i all i really enjoyed the ride.

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    • Graham Ruddick

      What a shame Warrington borough council are proposing to build a road along the stretch between Lymm and Warrington as part of a plan to build 7000 house in the greenbelt to the south east of the town …..with little consultation trying to slip it in under the radar so to speak visit facebook for more details

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      • Hannah Beaumont

        Good Morning,
        Apologies for the delay in getting back to you – i can confirm that we have submitted a consultation on behalf of the TPT and will you keep updated with progress. Rest assured we will do all we can to protect the Trail.
        Kind Regards
        Hannah

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  2. David Thomas

    hi i live in doncaster and cycle from doncaster to barnsley once a week every week rain or shine too keep fit think the route is great really clean and well maintained thinking of doing doncaster too penistone soon.

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  3. Andy C

    I live in Warrington and did the section from here to Stockport yesterday, but it was so frustrating in parts, either no sign when you come to a junction or choice of direction, or the sign is pointing in between the 2 options, maybe vandals who knows. I had problems at Chorlton Water Park, Didsbury, the A5103 junction and arriving in Stockport, no signs to be seen. Is it not possible for someone from TPT to review the trail and see where the gaps are in signage, it would be a great help and make the trail more appealing.

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  4. Martin Fenn

    To continue from my last post I forgot to mention the Gpx sat nav files. Be warned they are inaccurate.On numerous occasions they are indicating that I was off route,even when stood next to one of the rare signs. For navigation purposes I would, in hind sight take good old OS maps. the official linea ones are not detailed enough to navigate from. Be warned the moor crossing at wood head has a very un helpful signage at path junction that indicates left(signed FOOTPATH) and straight on (signed FOOTPATH) the route carries straight on to cross the main road at junction for Dunford bridge.

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  5. Martin Fenn

    Just ridden this amazing route sadly let down in the lack of signage,an impossible route to follow.I have reported this to Rotherham council who administer the route ,reading below I appear to have wasted my time, with reports of the same problem going back many years. This is not doing our tourist industry any good at all. Spent 3 hours trying to get out of Stockport,covered 30 miles only to cover 10 miles liner distance. The clown who surfaced the rail track with sand approaching Wood head tunnels needs shooting. Its impossible to ride this when wet,never mind the damage to gears systems.Whilst on the design front please please re think the barriers,they do not work. Shame really,could be a Great classic route.

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  6. Ian Stewart

    Ran from Disbury to Broadbottom last night and have to say the signage was awful! Really struggled to follow the route in several places. Does anyone actually check this? Signs are hidden or non-existent in many places. Maybe someone should ride or walk it and check?

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    • Mandy Loach

      Hi Ian
      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I will contact the Local Authority officer for that part of the TPT and see if we can look into updating the signage.

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  7. bob sweet

    Can I suggest we get a list of the local B&B’s, cafés & pubs close to the route put up on the web site.
    At Dunham Massey the rope and anchor pub is 100 yards from the trail, but many people would pass without knowing. At the next Junction Atlantic street Altrincham the café at the local shops and the Asda café are handy, but no one would find those.

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  8. marcus

    we have issues with motorcycles in stanley wakefield near St peters crescent wf34ap- youths on dirt bikes and now a neighbor with a brand new yellow speed motorcycle going up and down on the trail. The police has been informed and we are waiting for something to happen. Having the back garden literally next to the trail we get all the noise and all the fumes from these bastards. There are no visible signs against motorcycles- could someone do something about this?

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    • Mandy Loach

      Hello Marcus

      sorry to hear about the issues are having with the motorcycles. I imagine that can be very unpleasant. I can inform the local authority officer for your area of the issue and forward your concerns to hear and see if we can get somebody to come down and see if they can put up some signage regarding this.

      Kind Regards Trans Pennine Trail Team

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  9. david hansford

    I have sent an email to Warrington borough council highlighting an ongoing flooding problem which frequently renders a section of the trail impassable. The section runs between Bradshaw lane, Grappenhall, Warrington and Thelwall British legion, Thelwall, Warrington. I would appreciate you monitoring the situation.

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    • Hannah Beaumont

      Thank you for letting us know – we have made a note of this on the TPT problem database so we will be able to monitor this for you.
      I know we have experienced some extreme weather in the past few months so this is also a big contributor.
      If you experience any further issues whilst out on the Trail please let us know via this website or info@transpenninetrail.org.uk
      Kind Regards
      TPT National Office

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  10. Karl Thornley

    Can anything be done about the state of the TPT through Tapton Golf Course? It’s passable only by mountain bikes and only by riders willing to get wet and muddy. It would, and should, be a useful way to avoid the steep and narrow Crow Lane, and link to the new route that the Chesterfield Council are building from Queens Park to Chesterfield Railway Station, but I’ve fallen off here because of the poor condition of the surface, and it would be very dangerous for my children to use it to get into town. I’ve been in contact with Chesterfield Council, who are in contact with the owner to little effect. I’m not entirely sure who’s responsible for the maintenance of the route, but they’re currently failing to provide anything other than a technical mountain bike trail.

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  11. Mick Yeomans

    There’s a new sign been erected near me on Pipering Lane, Scawthorpe, it’s a joint sign with Doncaster Greenway.
    The previous ‘Selby-Bentley’ sign directed TPW followers down Pipering Lane towards Bentley Park and the path to the disused Railway line at the back of the park. The new sign directs followers over the road towards Jossey Lane, where I imagine it must then go over the railway bridge towards the park.

    I’m just pointing this out, as, if it’s correct, the roadway over the bridge is very difficult with road traffic, or is the sign just pointing the wrong way??

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  12. Carole Griffiths

    What a fantastic resource!! I am new to cycling as I’m training for a charity ride in Cambodia. I need to practice on varied terrain and get really scared on roads. The route from Lymm to Southport was ideal. I did purchase the map which is really clear but the route is so well signposted we could have managed without. We stayed at the Leicester in Southport which was really nice and they locked our bikes away overnight. Brilliant thank you!!!

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  13. Claire Young

    I plan to walk the entire trail from Southport to Hornsea in May/June 2016. I am struggling to find cheapish accomodation and dont want to “tent it.” Any suggestions about where to stay and which towns may warrant more than 1 night, would be great. Thank you.

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    • Alex Langley

      Hi Claire,
      Did you make any progress on this topic? I am planning on walking the trail later this year as well and have not found much on sites such as airbnb, especially in some of the more rural locations
      Alex

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  14. Richard B

    TPT – Stockport to Sheffield/Rotherham

    Hi, my girlfriend and I are very keen cyclists looking for adventure and love the TPT. We’ve been out to Reddish Vale today. We’re just wondering if there’s an off road trail over the Pennines to Sheffield/Rotherham ?

    Best Regards
    Rich

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  15. Steve Irvine

    Spent 2 great days, picking up the trail in Sheffield and riding through to Hornsea – (Note – friendly helpful staff @ The Wishing Well/Selby)
    Generally – we found the signs/directions really well placed
    Worst section was Hull city centre, signs not great and route far too “urban” (Elloughton > Beverly > Hornsea – a detour?).
    But overall a great route and experience

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    • Hannah Beaumont

      Thank you for your comment Steve I am glad you enjoyed your experience along Trail apart from your time in Hull. I will pass your comments over to our Hull officer to respond to regarding the signage issues you experienced.
      Kind Regards
      Hannah

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  16. Kevin Riddehough

    Each year we have our adults only long distance ride. For almost 4 years one guy has asked for this route and as always it’s been shelved in favour of other routes. I’m an out and out roadie with little interest in trail riding. How wrong I’ve been. This route is up there with best of all we’ve previously done. It’s got everything you could want and more. If you’re wavering on wether or not to do this, take the plunge… You won’t regret it

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  17. Elliott F

    I’ve read a couple of things on the web that give differing answers on the distance of the central transpennine trail (Chesterfield to Leeds). Would it be possible to clarify what the distance is (we’re trying to work out whether it is possible to complete the route over 2 days)?

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    • Hannah Beaumont

      Morning, I can confirm the central route is approximately 75 miles in total depending on which route you take.
      If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
      Kind Regards
      Hannah

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  18. Christine H

    Great to have this route across, but wish signing was more consistent. We had no problem on Yorkshire side with Selby to Bewdley and up to Dunford Bridge, but then found signing far less good on western side. Completely missed turn down to Woodhead from the rough moorland track so ended up on main road. On the road sections this side some of the simple lamppost sickers with NCN route numbers would help a lot as reassurance.

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  19. Anne Taylor

    planning a trip in May cycling from Southport to Barnsley and then from Barnsley to Hornsea in July.
    Can any one recommend any places to stay, bike friendly!! around Lymm in Cheshire and Selby in Yorkshire. thank you.

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  20. Sarah C

    Had a good day today cycling from Widnes to Warrington and back with the kids aged 14, 11 and the toddler in the trailer. Just found a couple of places where we struggled to get our bike trailer through some gates and had to lift it over one of them. I was glad I wasn’t on my own with the kids.

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  21. Daryl Hall

    I am planning to cover the tpt from Southport to Hornsea, the will be 3-5 people doing this hoping to complete in 3days covering 70-80 mile per day. Just wondering if anyone can give me any advise on places to stay. Thanks!!

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  22. Paul Clayton

    Just planning a cycle route from southport to chesterfield,any info would be appreciated,ps is the trial easily followed as some locally seems to lose there way.plus how far is it? Thanks in advance.

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  23. Guy W

    Great website!
    Looking forward to a long weekend 3-6 Oct 2014 to cycle Southport to Hornsea with Dr Brown. I’ll be on a re-purposed MTB with skinny tyres, and Fraser will be sporting his C’dale badboy…. both plus panniers – are tents a good idea in Oct?
    Both probably wearing way too much hi-viz but avoiding the lycra look, and speaking Scottish! If you see us, say hello 🙂
    Guy.

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  24. Shaun

    Went on the TPT met a ranger who showed me how to get fro Meadowhall to Sheffield then on to Sheffield airport then down towards Rother Vally Country park then up through Ully and on to Rotherham then back on to Meadowbank. Well tiring but a sence of achievement if it wasn’t for Ted i wouldn’t have found the route and been so shattered but going to do it again.

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  25. RAMP IT UP!

    The riverside area between Spike Island, Widnes and Pickering’s Pasture has a massive series of wooden steps reaching up many metres and wheelchair users are warned that their lovely riverside journey must end. Can’t a campaign be started to get ramps built – maybe by volunteers who work in trade and use the route? It reaches up to a great height. I spoke to kids there who said it should be changed for wheelchair users but I suspect they might have liked biking or skateboarding down the ramps too.

    Can the authorities not build a route and better access for wheelchair users but also build the kids their own activities ramp so as not to disturb wheelchair users as well? The view is good there and it seems a shame if they can see so much more of the TPT but not that section. If this has been mentioned before why is it still not sorted? If TPT organizers have a pot of money and have to choose where to make improvements I am nominating this spot as a place to be improved.

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    • Hannah Beaumont

      Thank you for your comment – we are now in the process of putting together a formal response.

      Kind Regards
      The Trans Pennine Trail Team

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  26. Darren middlemore

    Me and my mate chris are going from southport to Hornsea the 1st week in July . Can’t wait ,

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  27. Anna Reid

    I cycled Warrington to Altrincham in August 2013. Glorious day. Crops being harvested. Well signed route and lots of early blackberries.

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  28. Ruth Jenkins

    Nothing stops us! What a fantastic find this was. Me and 2 good friends have been trying to cover as much of the T.P.T as possible pushing my husband in his manual wheelchair. We can only do 7-8 miles at a time as he has M.S, is unable to walk and gets very uncomfortable, and of course due to family commitments and weather conditions we have sadly had to cancel some planned days. The fabulous days,laughs and experiences we have had could not be replaced! Up to now (Jan 2014) we have covered 160 miles West to East, and 41 miles on legs. Now for the tricky bit in the middle! Fingers crossed for the completion this year.
    Many thanks to the Planners, Signers and Volunteers, we have had some amazing unforgettable memories! We have logs of all our walks if anyone needs information on terrain, facilities etc. from experienced pushers!!

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    • Colin Evans

      That’s an uplifting story, Ruth. My wife and I wish you all the best in attempting the completion.

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