Trans Pennine Trail (East)

This great long-distance cycle route is the eastern section of the Trans Pennine Trail coast-to-coast route. It goes between Barnsley and Hornsea via Doncaster, Selby and Hull. There is also a Selby to York link.

This section of the Trans Pennine Trail is a fantastic ride taking you through some of the most interesting cities and scenery in North England.

Starting in Sprotbrough the route takes you all the way to the port of Kingston upon Hull, via the lovely seaside town of Hornsea. 

For those wanting to visit the historic city of York, there is a link from Selby.

The route starts at Sprotbrough near Doncaster, where you have the opportunity to take a boat trip and get impressive views of the old railway viaduct spanning the Don Gorge.

From Sprotbrough, the route follows traffic-free paths to Bentley and then northwards through quaint villages including Braithwaite and Sykehouse.

The route then follows quiet roads onto Pollington before joining the canal towpath into Selby. Selby is a great place to stop off - there is a fantastic abbey, built in 1069, which is well worth exploring. 

The Trans Pennine Trail splits here with one braid heading to historic York using the York - Selby railway path.

The main route heads eastwards near to the Rivers Ouse and Humber. The route arrives in Kingston upon Hull and takes you right up to King George Dock, which is rich in maritime history. 

From Hull the route takes the Hull-Hornsea railway path all the way out to Hornsea, travelling past the large freshwater lake at Hornsea Mere.

Although many sections are signed as part of the National Cycle Network, the Trans Pennine Trail is a separately managed and funded project.

Further information is available on the Trans Pennine Trail website.


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Please note

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.


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