Trans Pennine Trail (Central)

Route Details

  • From - to: Penistone to Sprotbrough. Leeds to Chesterfield.
  • Distance: Penistone to Sprotbrough is 21 miles. Leeds to Chesterfield is 55 miles.
  • National Cycle Network: Route 62 and Route 67
  • Type: Most of the trail is traffic-free.
  • Current closures /diversions on this route.

Route Description

Although part of the National Cycle Network, the Trans Pennine Trail is a separately managed and funded project. The central section comprises the north-south route of the Trans Pennine Trail running between the bustling city of Leeds and Chesterfield.

The central section of the Trans Pennine Trail starts in Leeds at the Royal Armouries - Britain's oldest museum and home to one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world.  From here it travels for several miles along the traffic free path next to the River Aire and the Aire Calder Navigation canal before joining the railway path at Bottom Boat.  The path takes you onto Stanley Ferry marina and heads towards Wakefield, taking you to Anglers Country Park and Barnsley Canal.

After this you join the Elsecar Greenway which passes through Elsecar Industrial Heritage Centre.  There is a choice of three routes via Wharncliffe Woods, Wentworth Estate or Sheffield's Forest Loop (through Westwood Country Park and Greno Wood) all of which lead you to Meadowhall shopping centre.

The route then travels onto Rotherham and passes the Magna Science Adventure Centre where it joins quiet roads into the Rother Valley.  Arriving in Sheffield the route travels into the heart of Sheffield and out of it on cycle paths and quiet lanes. The route arrives at the lovely Rother Valley Country Park which has beautiful lakes and lots of water sports facilities.

A disused railway path south from here takes you into Derbyshire on the Beighton-Staveley section of the route. After Renishaw you can either join the Chesterfield canal towpath or using a railway path and bridleways via Inkersall. On arriving in Chesterfield, make sure you visit the town's crooked spire church.

Things to see and do

  • Royal Armouries, Leeds
  • Stanley Ferry Marina
  • Anglers Country Park
  • Elsecar Industrial Heritage Centre
  • Meadowhall Shopping Centre
  • Magna Science Adventure Centre
  • Rother Valley Country Park

Related maps

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

Route diversions/closures

Between February 23rd  2015 and January 2017 Route 67 between Thwaites Mill - to the east of Leeds - and Old Mill Lane is being diverted because of flood defence work. The alternative route is to the south of the river and will be signed.

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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

The central section of the Trans Pennine Trail covers a whole network of routes, linking the major urban centres of the region including Sheffield, Rotherham, Wakefield and Barnsley.

76 miles