Gnomes appear in Trans Pennine Trail's Magic Wood

Man and child in wood, posing next to woodcarving of gnome

Wood carver Stephen Tarr with Ruby, who named the carved gnome 'Sleepy John'

27 September 2018

Two friendly gnomes are the latest fantastical creatures which have appeared along a section of the Trans Pennine Trail maintained by Sustrans volunteers in Yorkshire.

Sleepy John and Clumbsy were christened by local children Ruby Waite, Daisy Perry and Lily Burns, who won our competition to name the new additions to the ‘Magic Wood’ in The Dell, which is halfway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead.

Woodcarver Stephen Tarr created the gnomes from the stumps of two goat willows which volunteers felled to improve the soil and open up the view.

Kate Dobson, our volunteer group co-ordinator for the Penistone to Dunford Bridge section of the Trans Pennine Trail said:

“We’re delighted to have names for the gnomes now and that so many more children know about them and the Dell. We hope it encourages them - and their parents - to get out here and explore! There’s now a gorgeous view from the bench and a big increase of sunlight to help wildflowers.”

Visitors to the Dell can step inside a mystical world of fairy doors, eyes on trees, money trees and an upside-down tree.

The Trans Pennine Trail is one of the most popular coast to coast routes on the National Cycle Network, and runs 215 miles from Southport to Hornsea.

There are many traffic-free sections, including the picturesque former railway line from Penistone to Dunford Bridge.

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