Welcome to the Trans Pennine Trail
A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse riders
Here are the experiences of some who have tried the Trail for a couple of days or longer – perhaps it will enspire you to get out there.
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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 Welcome A national coast to coast route for recreation and transport – for walkers, cyclists and (in parts) horse...
…and, to continue the pattern, the youngest in the group was just 8 years old.
Three of us – me and two boys, then aged 10 and 12 – had cycled the TPT from Southport to
Hornsea in 2015. And when I found out my brother-in-law had been doing 30-mile bike rides with his two boys, aged 8 and 10, it seemed logical to suggest another TPT adventure – this time as a group of six.
In mid-August this year Wane Drinkwater organised the inaugural Ultra Great Britain event. This is a coast to coast, 200 mile, Ultra Marathon Running Race using the Trans-Pennine Trail. Wayne was the Event Director who developed the project from its conception through to a very successful conclusion. He has a lot of experience in organising this kind of race which presents some unique challenges.
I’ve now finished what was a very challenging unsupported cycle ride, due to the very wet weather and strong winds all round the coast.
I set off on June 1st heading into a strong head wind and rain going East from my home then South. There were some Steep climbs on my route especially in Somerset (a few15% 20% and a 30%) and a few more in Scotland.
A great start but a quick stop! The plan to be bussed from Walkington near Beverley East Yorkshire to the start line at Southport came to a sudden halt on the M62 at Junction 21. This was Monday 04 July (American Independence Day) and far from being independent the road was chock-a-block with vehicles. Unfortunately there had been a serious road accident. However, after about an hour we had managed to creep forward far enough to slip off at J21 and circumnavigate the area returning to the M62 at J20. We glided passed the 20 mile tale back on the other side and eventually reach Southport at 1.15 pm after leaving at 8.15 that morning.
I was first introduced to the TPT, when my wife Sue, and I joined the “Cafnbak Cycling Group” run by Geoff Preston. We were new to riding in 2014, and felt welcomed and readily accepted by what was then a small group of mature riders.
I’ve read quite a few of the stories here. They’re impressive! I stand in awe of those who can attempt the TPT in a day, or who can cycle over the Pennines with a bike-load of camping equipment.
Having lived in Warrington growing up, I’ve been aware of the Trans Pennine Trail since it opened in 2001. Completing the trail from Southport to Hornsea had been an ambition fourteen years in the making. I’d decided to cycle the trail solo over five days and raise money for Cancer Research UK in the process. This is my story.
Nothing stops us! What a fantastic find this was. Me (Ruth) my Husband Lincoln and our great friends Sue and Paul, tried to cover as much of the TPT as possible pushing my husband in his manual wheelchair. We only expected to do 7-8 miles at a time because Lincoln has MS, is unable to walk and gets very uncomfortable.
My name is Wayne Mysiuk. Myself and my 2 sons, Dermot aged 9 and Kian 13 decided to attempt to cycle the Trans Pennine Trail Coast to Coast to raise money for Wakefield Hospice. The event took place between the 23rd and 27th May 2015.