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



Although Mersey Gateway bridge is now complete the diversion still remains in place until Summer 2019 while construction is still in place. The diversion can be found here – Diversion mapping (updated 21st February 2018).  For information on when the Trail is due to be re-opened please contact info@merseylink.com.

Mersey Gateway – Update – June 2019:

There are 200,000 tonnes of stone that needs to be removed before reinstatement works can take place.  This entails over 200 wagons a day still utilising this section of route.  Removal of the stone is scheduled to be complete at the end of April. Works will also take place to remove the St Helen’s canal bund and also check the existing gas line currently situated under the haul road before reinstatement works can commence. A porous material has been noted for reinstatement of the Trans Pennine Trail as it is felt that this will better accommodate any high water levels and the current programme of works indicates a re-opening in early August.

The Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust has enabled hedge row works and scallops of opening up areas to encourage the biodiversity to recover and allow viewing points along the TPT.  Merseylink, as the Project Company has a successful volunteer engagement programme and this Spring will be offering the opportunity to take part in guided walks along Spike Island. The Trans Pennine Trail will be sent information on these walks to encourage local users to become involved.

As it’s also our 30th Anniversary we’re hoping that one of these can also be part of this year’s festival of events and we can come along to join in. As part of the Mersey Gateway scheme  a new swing bridge to replace the existing wooden bridge is being procured and the reinstatement programme will also ensure links to the Trans Pennine Trail are improved.

Merseylink and the Trans Pennine Trail will continue to provide monthly updates to ensure the latest information is available for Trail users.


Town Centre works – Following completion of the emergency Gas works at King Street West / Chestergate, Stockport, works will start on BT diverting their services. The traffic signals (including signalised pedestrian / cycle crossing) will remain switched off with the right turn from Chestergate to King Street West (northbound) and straight ahead from Chestergate towards the bus depot movements banned.  A diversion will be signed up to the existing Toucan on King Street West in proximity to Heaton Lane roundabout. Within a week Stockport hope to be able to open the right turn from Chestergate to King Street West (northbound), however, the traffic signals will remain switched off with the pedestrian / cycle diversion in place. Current programme to complete Spring 2019. Mapping (Updated 13th September 2018)


 Southport Promenade – Please note access to the Seamark Feature will not be allowed for safety reasons during this year’s Southport Air Show.  Access will be closed from mid-day on Friday 6th September and all day  Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. 


Haughton Green – A retaining wall has collapsed across the Peak Forest Canal towpath in Hyde. This does not affect the TPT but can cause problems for continuation of a journey along the towpath.  Advisory notices are to be placed on site until Canals & River Trust can action works. (Updated 26th February)

Apethorn Godley Turntable – Work will commence on Monday 17th June on the Turntable refurbishment programme. Trail users are asked to be mindful of site machinery during this time between Donald Avenue and the Turntable. Banksmen will be in operation. Expected duration – 3 weeks.


Dunford Bridge National Grid will be working on this section potentially in 2020 to underground the cables from Dunford Bridge Ogden Foot. Further details will be posted when available.


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View the Accessibility mapping of the TPT.(Using Google Maps)

Places on the trail

Explore some of the hundreds of attractions along the route.

Useful Links for Information

Check our useful links regarding accessibility 

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