Trans Pennine Trail (East)

Route Details

  • Start - finish: Sprotbrough to Hornsea via Selby and Hull plus Selby to York link
  • Distance: 88 miles plus York to Selby 15 miles
  • Type: Much of the Trail is traffic-free
  • National Cycle Network: Route 62 and Route 68

Route Description

This is a fantastic ride taking you through some of the most interesting cities and scenery in North England.  Starting in Sprotbrough the route takes you all the way to the port of Kingston upon Hull, via the lovely seaside town of Hornsea.  For those wanting to visit the historic city of York, there is a link from Selby.

The route starts at Sprotbrough near Doncaster, where you have the opportunity to take a boat trip and get impressive views of the old railway viaduct spanning the Don Gorge. From Sprotbrough, the route follows traffic free paths to Bentley and then northwards through quaint villages including Braithwaite and Sykehouse. The route then follows quiet roads onto Pollington before joining the canal towpath into Selby.  Selby is a great place to stop off - there is a fantastic abbey, built in 1069, which is well worth exploring. 

The Trans Pennine Trail splits here with one braid heading to historic York using the York - Selby railway path.  The main route heads eastwards near to the Rivers Ouse and Humber. The route arrives in Kingston upon Hull and takes you right up to the King George Dock, which is rich in maritime history. 

From Hull the route takes the Hull-Hornsea railway path all the way out to Hornsea, travelling past the large freshwater lake at Hornsea Mere.

Although signed as part of the National Cycle Network, the Trans Pennine Trail is a separately managed and funded project. Further information is available on the Trans Pennine Trail website.

Related routes

The Trans Pennine Trail (East) links to the following other routes:

Things to see and do

  • Don Gorge
  • Selby Abbey
  • York Minster
  • Jorvik Viking Centre, York
  • King George Dock, Hull
  • Hornsea Mere, freshwater lake

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The official route map for the 136-mile (219km) southern part of the Pennine Cycleway on National Cycle Network.

A great long distance route that takes you from Sprotbrough to Hornsea via Selby and Hull.  There is also a Selby to York link.

88 miles