Tips for cyclists
The Trail is a multi-user route designed with cyclists in mind and provides a great way to explore both urban areas and the countryside – whether that’s just an afternoon ride or a journey across northern England.
Here are a few points to help you enjoy cycling on the Trail:
- Get the right bike. Most of the Trail is off-road, but not all is surfaced; you will need a bike and tyres capable of being taken off-road. A mountain bike or sturdy tourer will be more than capable of riding the Trail, thin racing wheels / tyres are not recommended.
- Check your bike. Always check your bike and especially the brakes before cycling on the Trail. Pay particular attention with the extra weight if you are touring.
- Ride responsibly. The Trail is a multi-user facility for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, families and mobility-impaired users. All these users share many of the section of path, so always ride with care, courtesy and consideration. Ensure your bike is fitted with a bell and make sure you have read the Trail Users Code
- 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.
- Don’t forget your spares. There are many cycle shops on the Trail, but on some sections you could be a few hours ride away from one. Take some spares and tools with you at least a spare inner tube, or puncture repair kit and pump.
- 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!
- Beware of glass and other obstructions. Sadly, not everyone using the Trail does so responsibly, and like many urban cycle trails, the TPT can have a particular problem with glass debris. Keep a lookout, especially in urban areas.
- Take a map. The Trail is comprehensively signed, but mistakes do happen; there are maps of the whole Trail available from the TPT office.
- Park with care and consideration. The Trail links many towns and cities in northern England and with a little route planning you may find you can leave the car at home. If you have to drive to the Trail, please park your car where it is safe and not causing an obstruction – preferably in one of the Trail’s dedicated car parks shown on the TPT maps.