The Trans Pennine Trail is an exciting route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders linking the coastal towns of Southport in the West with Hornsea in the East. On its route across the north of England, the trail passes through major towns and cities including Liverpool, Manchester and Hull.


The Trans Pennine Trail

The Trans Pennine Trail (TPT), officially opened in September 2001, is the first long distance multi-user trail in the country.

The main trail runs from coast to coast. A north south route linking Leeds and Chesterfield with a spur to York and a spur to Kirk Burton provides a total of approximately 370 miles (595km)  of easy graded surfaced paths. Walkers and cyclists can use the entire trail, with many miles also available for horse riders. Most of the route is also suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users, providing a great facility for families.

The trail is also part of the national cycle network route 62, and is the first path in the country to be designated as part of an international walking route. Between the ferry terminals of Liverpool and Hull, the trail forms part the European Long Distance walking Route 8 (E8), which will eventually connect the west Coast of Ireland with Istanbul.


The Trans Pennine Trail in Doncaster

Some 25 miles (40 Km) of the trail passes through Doncaster from its western boundary at Bolton Upon Dearne to its northern boundary at Sykehouse. As you travel along the trail you will follow riverbanks, canal towpaths and disused railway lines, pass through woodland, farmland and villages. Look out for signs of our industrial past and keep your eyes open for the wildlife too.

Much of the trail is traffic free, making it ideal for recreation and even travelling to work and school.

Please proceed with care on Trail adjacent to New Junction Canal at Sykehouse

A couple of holes have appeared in the surface of the Trans Pennine Trail on the New Junction Canal towpath section, at Sykehouse. The trail is still open but users are advised to proceed with care between Sykehouse Lock and Kirk Lane Bridge until repairs can be carried out.

Route Changes

Occasionally it is necessary to divert or temporarily close the Trans Pennine Trail to allow maintenance and development work to be carried out.

Details of such diversions and closures in the Doncaster area can be found on our Rights of Way Temporary Closures page Temporary Closures

Details of national route changes can be found on the Trans Pennine Trail website Trans Pennine Trail

Want to get involved?

The Trans Pennine Trail Volunteer Rangers provide a vital role and act as our eyes and ears on the ground on a stretch of the trail close to their home.

The Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail is a voluntary group who support the trail in a variety of ways, by lobbying, giving practical assistance, and promotion.

To find out more or to join please visit the Trans Pennine Trail website Trans Pennine Trail or telephone 01226 772574

Want to know more?

For more information on the trail in Doncaster please contact the Public Rights of Way Team:

For more information about the Trans Pennine Trail nationally please contact:

Trans Pennine Trail Office
c/o Barnsley Council 
PO Box 597 
S70 9EW


Or visit the Trans Pennine Trail website at:









Public Rights of Way Pages








Last updated: 20 February 2024 11:39:34

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