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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 part) horse riders

Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail

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


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



Trans Pennine Trail National Office

The Trans Pennine Trail national office is hosted by Barnsley Council, as the idea from the Trail was the vision of two Council employees back in the 1980’s. Our national office provides the day-to-day leadership of the project, reporting directly to the Trans Pennine Trail Executive.

Some of our roles and responsibilities are:

  • Co-ordinate the TPT project through regular meetings and good communications with all partners, providing all necessary reports.
  • Promote the TPT to ensure that it is recognised nationally and internationally.
  • Represent the TPT at a national level.
  • Co-ordinate and where appropriate initiate and lead route development and improvement work.
  • Identify opportunities and lead funding bids on behalf of the project.
  • Manage the Volunteer Ranger network in partnership with Sustrans.
  • Monitor the condition of the TPT and ensure authorities take the necessary action to manage and maintain the route to a high standard, including consistent standards and signage across the route.
  • Ensure that the project and the TPT Partner Authorities comply with the monitoring and other obligations any relevant funding bodies.
  • Ensure appropriate annual returns, quarterly accounts and 5-year budget programmes are presented to the Executive Group for review and approval annually.
  • Support our charity the Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail (funding bids, budget reports, reports and minutes).

We pride ourselves in having a long-standing partnership between the TPT national office, 27 local authority partners, our supporters and other key stakeholders over the past 30 years.

Meet the Team

At the head office we have a small team of 3 members of staff – learn about what their role involves, why they love the Trail and their contact details:

Mandy Loach – TPT Officer

I’m a Barnsley lass, born and bred, with a hubby, two grown up children and now a Grannie.  I’m very proud to come from the place where the TPT was born, starting with the project in 1997 after leaving PLM Redfern after 13 years.  It was a huge change from working in the glass industry to working on a multi-user route with so many different partners – I’d never had so much post and answered so many letters (this was all before email was even a twinkle).

I started life with the TPT office as an Information Assistant working for Louise. After Louise left, Debbie became the Project Manager and then Les.  It was only when Les decided that he was ready for a new challenge that I ever thought about taking up the Project Manager post and here we are today.  I’ve now been with the Trail office for nearly 25 years!

Get in touch with Mandy: or

Hannah Beaumont – TPT Development Officer

I live close to the Trail in Penistone, Barnsley after moving from the Wirral in 2009. I am married and have two young boys and a dog. We enjoy walks along different sections of the Trail and even got my two boys looking out for the TPT signs as we travel across the North of England!

I have worked for the Trail for 11 years and started as a temporary position helping out two days a week – it really is true once you get involved with the TPT there is no escaping!

A highlight of my time so far at the TPT was doing filming with Jon Mitchell at ITV Calendar on a series of recordings to promote the TPT during our 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Get in touch with Hannah: or

Robert Drummond – TPT Technical Assistant

The newest member of the TPT team, I live just 2 miles away from the Trail in Hade Edge, Holmfirth.  I am married to Sarah with three grown up children, two border terriers and a beautiful granddaughter.

I join the Trail after almost 30 years working within the local newspaper industry and hospitality sector, and believe I’ve landed my dream job in allowing me to combine my love of marketing and project management with the love of the outdoors.  An enthusiastic runner, cyclist, rambler and wild swimmer, I have been a regular user of the Trail throughout my working life, taking the family on bike rides to Penistone for coffee and cake, participating in Penistone Parkrun and walking the Trail with friends.

It has been great to see how the Trail has evolved over the years with better access, better path surfaces and more people using it, and I’m thrilled to be part of the hardworking team that continues this work in making the Trail an accessible recreational route for all.

Get in touch with Robert:

Useful Documents

TPT Development Strategy 2023 to 2028

TPT Annual Report 2023

TPT Visitor Survey Report 2023

Useful Links for Information

Check our useful links regarding accessibility 

Accessible Venues

Here is a list of Accessible Venues across TPT


Using the tables below you can work out how far you want to go on the TPT. 

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