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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In 2012 myself and my friend Paul completed the Trans Pennine Trail crossing and I wrote a short story on the TPT website (July 2012 Southport – Hornsea) and since then was looking for a bigger challenge. Living in Doncaster and only 1 mile from the trail I thought why not attempt it again. Probably a few beers later and a bit of bravado I decided to attempt it to see if our fitness levels had improved.
Trans Pennine Trail in 6 parts. An adventure over 14 months for David (8 ¾ at the end) and Rosie (almost 7) with Dad and for some bits mum.
As the threat of the Ride London 100 cycle event grew nearer and nearer, Verity and myself joined our heads together to plan our training regime. The popularity of the sport has been tremendous since the success of the London 2012 Olympics and with Sir Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Tour De France winner. The difficulty, however, is finding the time to ride and sourcing a safe route free of huge lorries and speeding traffic.
At Garstang Community Academy we have a long history of Year 10 summer charity challenges. We have had heads with sufficient confidence in their staff to allow us to take students on LEJOG’s, biking the 3 Peaks, cycling to and climbing Ben Nevis, mountain biking the South Downs Way, and this year, we hope we became the first school to ride the C2C route of the Trans Pennine Trail for The North West Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes, 2 charities chosen by the students who rode.
This adventure starts in Southport and crosses to the East coast town of Hornsea 215 miles away via Liverpool, Stockport, Penistone, Selby and Hull using the ‘Trans Pennine Trail’ (TPT). The trail follows canal and river banks, country parks and disused rail tracks.
Great story about the trials, tribulations, and joys of completing the Trans Pennine Trail!
“On June 3rd, 1969 The United States Navy established an elite school for the top one percent of its mountain bike riders. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of cycling and to ensure that the handful of men who graduated were the best mountain bike riders in the world.
Think it probably started one drunken night when we were deciding what mad idea we could come up with for the summer, myself ( Simon ) and my best mate Paul, with being avid mountain bikers since our teens, came up with the idea of riding the Trans Pennine Trail.
Karen Sibson passed away in November 2011 and a couple of family and friends decided to do a bike ride to try to raise some money for Christies Hospital in Manchester.
PREPARING for my first long-distance cycle ride, I found myself packing a few essentials (water, sweets, camera and maps), but mostly my bag was filled with items I rather hoped I wouldn’t require (pump, first aid kit, waterproofs, puncture repair patches and enough spanners to strip down a car, never mind a bike).