- To/From: Coast to coast from Southport to Hornsea
- Distance: The Trail from coast-to-coast between Southport and Hornsea is 215 miles. A north-south route connecting Leeds and Chesterfield, a spur to York and a spur to Kirkburton means there are approximately 370 miles in total to explore!
- Terrain: A large percentage is traffic free and surprisingly level
- National Cycle Network: National Routes 56, 62, 67, 68
- Current closures /diversions on this route.
The Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) is a fantastic long distance route linking the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. Head to this detailed website about the Trans Pennine Trail if you are planning a trip - it has lots of helpful tips and ideas.
The route can be broken down into 3 shorter sections:
Trans Pennine Trail West (96 miles)
This section 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.
Trans Pennine Trail Central (Penistone to Sprotbrough is 21 miles. Leeds to Chesterfield is 55 miles)
This section travels from Leeds to Chesterfield, starting by the royal armouries in the centre of Leeds. You travel alongside the Aire & Calder Navigation before skirting Wakefield and continuing south to cross the east-west route at Barnsley. There are a number of route choices through Sheffield and Rotherham before the Trail heads to its southern-most point at Chesterfield.
Trans Pennine Trail East (88 miles, plus York to Selby is 15 miles)
Travelling between Barnsley to Hornsea, you set out from RSPB Old Moor Barnsley, through the Dearne Valley before reaching the River Don at Doncaster. The route turns north here via quiet lanes and alongside the New Junction Canal to Selby. At Selby an extension of the Trail continues north to the historic city of York, whilst the main Trail swings east following parallel to the Rivers Ouse and Humber. After passing through the foothills of the Yorkshire Wolds, the Trail reaches Kingston upon Hull and then on to the eastern terminus at the seaside town of Hornsea on the North Sea coast.
Recommended sections for families
- Liverpool Loopline - A popular traffic free, wildlife route running from Halewood to Aintree and onto Southport on the Cheshire lines path.
- Penistone to Dunford Bridge - 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.
- Garforth to Woodlesford - A traffic-free section from the small town of Garforth just outside Leeds through lovely countryside, passing a nature reserve and an RSPB site, along a river and canal ending at Woodlesford station.
- Hornsea Rail Trail - This enjoyable traffic-free ride along the Hornsea Rail Trail goes from the centre of the maritime city of Hull, out across the flat and fertile Holderness plain to finish at the small seaside town of Hornsea.
Things to see and do
There are so many attractions on the way - here are just a few of our favourites!
- Albert Dock, Liverpool
- Royal Armouries, Leeds
- Stanley Ferry Marina
- Magna Science Adventure Centre
- Rother Valley Country Park
- Don Gorge
- Selby Abbey
- York Minster
- Hornsea Mere, freshwater lake
- The Walton Tunnel on the Liverpool Loopline is currently closed as a sewage pipe has burst. Please see Liverpool Loopline page for details.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.
The official route map for the 136-mile (219km) southern part of the Pennine Cycleway on National Cycle Network Route 68.
The Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) is a fantastic long distance route linking the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England.