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Cycle Route, free entry

TPT Cycle Route

TPT Cycle Route

TPT Cycle Route


Barnsley MBC ,
PO Box 605,
S70 9FF


The Trans Pennine Trail is a mainly off road route from Southport to Hornsea and Leeds to Chesterfield, plus a link to York, with many family friendly sections. In Yorkshire the Trans Pennine Trail covers a network of routes, linking the major urban centres of the region including Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Wakefield Leeds, North Yorkshire, Selby, York, East Riding and Hull with many attractions on the way and the chance to explore lots of fantastic countryside in between.

Cycling the whole of the Trans Pennine Trail (coast to coast) can take between three and five days but if you want to start out gently, where better to start than here in Yorkshire. For day riders, you are spoilt for choice in Yorkshire. If you fancy a little longer outing, why not try a two day trip cycling from Leeds to Chesterfield, a mere 75 miles (one way).

In Leeds:
*Aire & Calder Navigation Towpath - From Thwaite Mills Museum enjoy the tranquil towpath of the Aire & Calder Navigation as it winds south-eastwards away from the city to Mickletown. Here you can take time out to discover the museum at Thwaite Mills or enjoy watching the boats go by! (5 miles)

In addition the trail runs from the Royal Armouries Museum/Clarence Dock to Thwaite Mills alongside the River Aire and Aire Calder Navigation and is also available to cyclists as well as walkers.

In Wakefield:
Barnsley Canal - The Trail wanders through woodland and impressive stone cuttings along the towpath of the disused Barnsley Canal from Walton through to Old Royston (3.25 miles). Anglers Country Park is a good place to start exploring this section of the Trail in either direction and has some additional circular tracks for you to explore. A 200m section on a quiet lane at Old Royston connects to another stretch of former canal towpath through Royston for another 2 miles of cycling.

In Barnsley:
* Penistone to Barnsley Town Centre (14 miles) - allowing you to take advantage of the local train services. You can join the Trail at Penistone station cycle on to Silkstone common, Dodworth Bottom, Worsbrough, and Aldham and then join the northern route to take you into Barnsley and the Transport Interchange.

* Oxspring to Broomhill and back to Oxspring (26 miles) - for the more adventurous, this is a great circular route taking you along the Dove Valley Trail, through Silkstone Common and Worsbrough to Wombwell. Then onto Broomhill, where you leave the main east/west route and join the Elsecar Greenway and onto the Timberland Trial. You'll also pass through the wonderful village of Wortley before joining the upper Don Trail to take you back to Oxspring.

Old Moor to Adwick Bridge - A good 4.5 family section from RSPB Old Moor reserve following the River Dearne, woodland, undulating fields and riverside paths through to the village of Harlington. A short on road section here will then connect you to the off road section at Sprotbrough.

*Penistone to Grenoside - For a short 4.5 mile trip follow the old railway from Penistone through to Oxspring where you pass through Thurgoland Tunnel and on to Wortley. For a longer challenging ride continue south into Wharncliffe Woods on forest track to Grenoside (a further 6 miles) where a wonderful wooded setting hides some challenging climbs and some enjoyable downhills.

*Penistone to Dunford Bridge - An ideal route for familes (6 miles each way). Explore the former woodhead rail line from Penistone through the Uper Don Valley to the hamlet of Dunford Bridge set deep in the Pennines. Despite heading into the hills, the route is still very easy going with only a slight incline towards Dunford Bridge (but if you start at Penistone it's downhill on the way back!).

A treasure hunt is available for this section.

In Rotherham:
* Rother Valley Country Park to Chesterfield (12 miles) - staring at Rother Valley Country Park, going south through killamarsh, Renishaw, Staveley, Brimington Common to Chesterfield. If you've still got some pedalling power left, why not do the northern chesterfield loop past Tapton Lock Visitor Centre and along the Chesterfield canal back to Staveley. Here you can re-trace your steps back up to Rother Valley (12 miles)

* Rotherham Central to Rother Valley (10 miles) - Take advantage of the Train to Rotherham and then cycle through the villages of Moorgate, Whiston and Ulley. Where you could stop off at the Country Park, before continuing south through Aston and on to Rother Valley. If you feel like another 10 miles why not cycle round Rother Valley Country Park and re-trace your steps back to the station.

In Sheffield:
* Meadowhall Southern Loop (14 miles) - Starting at Meadowhall cycle along the River Don onto the centre then travel through Corbrook Ravine Nature Reserve. Then heading back through Handsworth. High Hazels Park and use the new Europa Link to Sheffield Arena and then back to Meadowhall in Sheffield.

* The River Don is a wonderful section in Sheffield known locally as the Five Weirs Walk, steeped in heritage history, artwork and nature. Its green attractive riverside section from Meadowhall to the city centre at Lady's Bridge (5 miles). Or why not start at Lady's Bridge on the Five Weirs Walk and when you get to Meadowhall continue through to the award winning Manga Science Advenutre Centre (a further 2 miles).

* Grenoside to Wentworth (10 miles) via parsons cross, Ecclesfield and Thorpe Hesley. OR Grenoside to Wentworth (11 miles) via Grenowood, High Green, Tankersley and Hoyland. Alternatively why not combine them both for a circular 21 mile route.

In Doncaster:
* Conisbrough to Bentley (7 miles) another ideal loop for those wanting to take advantage of our local train services. Joining at Conisbrough Station and travelling along the wonderful canal side section at Sprotbrough, where you could take advantage of a canal boat trip in the summer. Then continue through Richmond Hill in to Bentley.

* For the more adventurous of you, why not continue through Owsten Wood, Thorpe in Balne, Braithwaite, Syke house, Pollington, Gowdall and on to Snaith where you will find another local train station - or even further to Selby (altogether another 29 miles!).

In York:
*The Solar System Cycle Path - Cycle at 1 times the speed of light through the Solar System! Pass Pluto just north of Riccall and follow the old East Coast main line railway to find the Sun just north of Bishopthorpe. You can then contineu on purpose built tracks to the Millennium Bridge in York (15 miles).

In East Riding:
*North Ferriby to Hessle - A short 2 mile section ideal for families. The route takes you along the foreshore of the River Humber and under the mighty Humber Bridge with fantastic views of the bridge itself and across the river.

*Hornsea Rail Path - 15 miles of old railway all the way from Hull to the most eastern terminus of the Trail, maked by the Seamark on the seafront at Hornsea. Take time to expore Hornsea Mere, the beach and don't forget to celebrate your arrival with fish and chips or ice cream!

Open all the time


Free entry


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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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