Although part of the National Cycle Network, the Trans Pennine Trail is a separately managed and funded project. The central section comprises the north-south route of the Trans Pennine Trail running between the bustling city of Leeds and Chesterfield.
The central section of the Trans Pennine Trail starts in Leeds at the Royal Armouries - Britain's oldest museum and home to one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world. From here it travels for several miles along the traffic-free path next to the River Aire and the Aire Calder Navigation canal before joining the railway path at Bottom Boat. The path takes you onto Stanley Ferry marina and heads towards Wakefield, taking you to Anglers Country Park and Barnsley Canal.
After this, you join the Elsecar Greenway which passes through Elsecar Industrial Heritage Centre. There is a choice of three routes via Wharncliffe Woods, Wentworth Estate or Sheffield's Forest Loop (through Westwood Country Park and Greno Wood) all of which lead you to Meadowhall shopping centre.
The route then travels onto Rotherham and passes the Magna Science Adventure Centre where it joins quiet roads into the Rother Valley. Arriving in Sheffield the route travels into the heart of Sheffield and out of it on cycle paths and quiet lanes. The route arrives at the lovely Rother Valley Country Park which has beautiful lakes and lots of water sports facilities.
A disused railway path south from here takes you into Derbyshire on the Beighton-Staveley section of the route. After Renishaw, you can either join the Chesterfield canal towpath or use a railway path and bridleways via Inkersall. On arriving in Chesterfield, make sure you visit the town's crooked spire church.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.