This section of the Trans Pennine Trail travels from Southport to Barnsley. The Trail travels south-east through Liverpool before turning east and following the River Mersey through Widnes and on through Warrington, Sale and Stockport before beginning to ascend the Pennines through Hyde and Hadfield. The Trail continues to climb along the dramatic and rugged Longdendale Valley in the Peak District National Park, ending at the Trail's highest point on Woodhead Pass. A swift descent follows to the market town of Penistone and then Barnsley to the halfway point at RSPB Old Moor.
Although signed as part of the National Cycle Network, the Trans Pennine Trail is a separately managed and funded project. The Trans Pennine Trail Project has published 3 maps to the Trail. The Western section includes the Liverpool Loop Line and the Cheshire Lines path and passes through the Peak District National park.
Further information is available on the Trans Pennine Trail.
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.