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TPT Horse Route

TPT Horse Route

TPT Horse Route


Barnsley MBC ,
PO Box 605,
S70 9FF


The TPT stretches across the nort of England from Soutport to Hornsea and from Leeds to Chesterfield, plus a spur to the city of York - a total of over 350 miles. The route makes use of old railway lines, canal towpaths, purpose built sections of Trail as well as existing paths, bridleways and minor roads. Approximately 200 miles of the TPT is available to horse riders.

It was never envisaged that the whole of the route would be available for horse riders but the Yorkshire Area provides one of the best areas for riding with some circular routes to add to the variety. At many locations there are also car parks suitable for horse boxes.

Some of the most popular equestrian sections in Yorkshire are:

In Wakefield:
*Anglers Country Park to Stairfoot, Barnsley - This 9 mile ride takes you through the wonderful Anglers Country Park into Royston. From here you will follow minor roads and tracks into Cudworth and through to Barnsley.

In Barnsley:
*Dunford Bridge to Penistone (Barnsley) - Follow the former Woodhead rail line from the attractive market town of Penistone along the Upper Don Valley to the hamlet of Dunford Bridge set deep in the Pennines - 6 miles.

*Penistone to RSPB Old Moor (Barnsley) - Explore the old railway line and historic tracks from Penistone to the RSPB Old Moor reserve. At Oxspring you follow a very short road section which then leads you onto Willow Lane - a very picturesque packhorse route but with a climb - 10 miles.

*Penistone to Wortley - Follow the old railway from Penistone to Oxspring. Continue along the old railway through Thurgoland Tunnel, the longest tunnel on the TPT, through to Wortley - 4.5 miles. For a more challenging ride you can continue on into Wharncliffe Woods on forest tracks to Grenoside (a further 6 miles). This wonderful wooded setting hides some challenging climbs and some enjoyable downhills.

*Elsecar Greenway - Follow the disused Barnsley Canal from RSPB Old Moor reserve to Elsecar (3 miles). You can extend this ride through Tankersley and on to Wortley to give a 10.5 mile ride.

*Tankersley to Grenoside - From Tankersley travel through Westwood Country Park and Chapletown into Greno Woods - 5 miles.

In Rotherham:
*RSPB Old Moor to Conisbrough (Rotherham Doncaster) - Leave the RSPB and travel eastwards through woodland, undulating fields and riverside paths through Harlington and on to Conisbrough - 8 miles.

*Rother Valley Country Park to Chesterfield - From Rother Valley Country Park head down the old railway to Renishaw and on to Staveley (5 miles). From here you can continue into Chesterfield via Inkersall Green and Brimington Common (a further 5.5 miles).

In Doncaster:
*Bentley to Braithwaite - From Bentley head along easy tracks and old railway through Toll Bar to Tilts. From here quiet lanes lead you through Owston Woods and through small villages to Braithwaite - 9 miles. For a longer ride you can continue on the horse route through Fishlake, Sykehouse and on to Pollington - a further 9 miles.

In Sheffield:
*Richmond Road to Rother Valley Country Park - This 5 mile ride takes you through Shirebrook Valley Visitor Centre.

*Grenoside to Ecclesfield Road - From Greno Wood, through Grenoside, Parsons Cross and into Ecclesfield - 4 ½ miles.

In Selby:
*Solar System - Pass Pluto just north of Riccall and follow the old East Coast main line railway. On the 4 miles of horse route you will pass Neptune and Uranus.

In East Riding:-
*Barmby on the Marsh to Welton - Most of this route is on the flat minor roads through Howden, Laxton, Blacktoft, Elloughton and into Brough - 22.5 miles

*Hornsea Rail Path: Follow the old railway from Hull to the most eastern point on the Trail - marked by the seamark on the Seawall at Hornsea. Take time to explore Hornsea Mere, the beach and don't forget to celebrate your arrival with fish and chips and ice cream! 15 miles.

For more details on the sections available for horse riding or to request a copy of our Equestrian Guide please visit our website, or contact the TPT Office.

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Map reference: SE 346063  Lat: 53.55307 Long: -1.47822

By Road:
Parking facilities vary across the trail, key locations are signed with brown and white tourist signs.

By Public Transport:
The trail is accessible from various railway stations making it possible to catch the train back to your starting point

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