Trans Pennine Trail fact sheet
An exciting, innovative, national recreational route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with good access and availability in many areas for wheelchair users.
- The coast-to-coast route from Southport to Hornsea is approximately 207 miles long. With the addition of the north / south route from Leeds to Chesterfield and a link up to York, the whole route is over 350 miles.
- In September 2006, in a public vote the Trans Pennine Trail the won the Amazing Space category in the National Lottery Awards 2006.
- Devised in 1989, the Trail officially opened in September 2001 following expenditure of £30m to ensure provision of a high quality route and regeneration of some previously derelict areas. Completion of the Trail was secured by funding from the Millennium Commission.
- An imaginative initiative developed through the co-operation of 26 local authorities in the North of England.
- According to counters installed on the route, 700,000 visits are made to the Trail each year.
- Stretching from Southport to Hornsea and from Leeds to Chesterfield, the Trail passes through a wide range of urban and rural environments including national parks, industrial heritage areas, coastlines and city centres.
- Developed using existing resources wherever feasible, the Trail uses canal towpaths, disused railway lines, riverside pathways, urban cycle paths and minor roads for the majority of its course.
- With the exception of some Pennine areas the Trail is relatively flat so provides easy progress for families, the elderly and people with physical difficulties.
- Beautiful countryside, villages, castles, abbeys, minsters, historic bridges, canals, wooded valleys and rugged hills abound along the route.
- An ideal route for taking gentle exercise as part of an active lifestyle.
- The TPT is part of the National Cycle Network, so the Trail helps improve air quality and reduce congestion by encouraging people to adopt green transport in their daily routines.
- A free, safe and pleasant place to exercise alone or as part of a group with local council Ranger services available at many points.
- A voluntary group, the “Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail” helps promote the route and lobby in the interest of the Trail. Membership costs just £6 / annum and is open to everyone.
- Within 20 miles of a quarter of the UK population, yet a high proportion of the route passes through spectacular, peaceful, unspoiled countryside away from all congestion and with an abundance of flora and fauna to see and enjoy.
- A perfect place to reconnect with the environment in a green corridor providing a haven for wildlife, within easy reach of all facilities provided by numerous vibrant cities and yet accessible by public transport or the motorway network.
- Becoming ever more popular with visitors from abroad, the walkers route from Liverpool to Hull is the British leg of the E8 European Long Distance Walking Route.
- Well signed throughout its length and supported by an extensive range of purpose designed maps and booklets, using the TPT has never been easier.
Pat and Bryan’s story has helped our Partners right across the Trans Pennine Trail network to see how changes can make the route more accessible. Take a look at what they've helped to accomplish.