The western section of the Trans Pennine Trail travels from Southport to Barnsley as National Cycle Network Route 62, with a spur to Liverpool city centre being part of Route 56. The route travels south-east through the eastern suburbs of 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.
There are sections of this route near Tameside that are not part of the National Cycle Network.
Further information is available on the Trans Pennine Trail website.
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.