- From/To: Penistone Train Station
- Distance:13 miles return journey. 6.5 miles each way (2 hours approximately)
- Type: Totally traffic free
- National Cycle Network: National Route 62 and part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
- Access: Penistone Train Station
- Bike hire: Bike hire is available at the start of the route.
This beautiful, traffic-free ride takes you from the busy market town of Penistone to the rolling moors of the Peak District at Dunford Bridge. Fully surfaced, and so ideal for children, the path follows the route of the old Great Central Railway, winding through glorious countryside, with stunning views across the valley, and a wealth of wild flowers.
If you arrive by train you travel across the magnificent Grade II 29 arch viaduct! On arrival, families may want to pause in Penistone, it's a lovely market town. There is a Skate/Bike Park right beside the route and for younger children, the playground is just out of sight, up the grassy slope beyond the Skate Park.
To follow the route:
- Join the route from Penistone Station directly onto the Trans Pennine Trail through a wooden gate at the east end of the platform (sign posted); turn right, and pedal on!
- Read the lively information panels as you pedal along: find out about the terrible disaster of 1884, when a passenger train tumbled over the embankment at Bullhouse Bridge; discover which of the lovely wild flowers along the route you’ll need to help you detect witches, sorcerers, and fairies; read about the boy who fell down a coal chute at Hazlehead Bridge Station, and imagine when the station was full of the roar and hiss of steam engines.
- Check out the Magic Wood just beyond Hazlehead Bridge Station and Wogden Foot Nature Reserve, an important habitat for wildlife alongside the route as it approaches Dunford Bridge.
- Look out for the whirling windmills across the valley, the bright orange lagoon, to the left of the route, between Bullhouse and Hazlehead, and watch out for two gnomes!
- There are seats with lovely views all along the route and picnic sites at Bullhouse Bridge, Hazelhead Bridge Station and Dunford Bridge so you can stop and relax whenever you want!
- At Dunford Bridge, retrace the route back to Penistone.
Download the free map here.
Things to see and do
- Magic Wood
- Wogden Foot Nature Reserve
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
This beautiful, traffic-free ride takes you from the busy market town of Penistone to the rolling moors of the Peak District at Dunford Bridge. Fully surfaced, and so ideal for children, the path follows the route of the old Great Central Railway, winding through glorious countryside, with stunning views across the valley, and a wealth of wild flowers. This route forms part of the Trans Pennine Trail.