Trans Penine

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Trans Penine

Postby johnk1 » 13 Jan 2019, 11:11am

Has anyone done the Trans Penine route? I would love to do it and am looking for any info on it including places to stay and what to take from someone who has actually done it.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby HobbesOnTour » 13 Jan 2019, 1:40pm

I did most of the TransPenine trail back in September as part of a roundtrip from NL to Ireland.

I did minimal research before departing because my first option fell through so parts of it were a surprise! :D

I was camping & cooking and given that it was nearly October when I was returning I packed accordingly and I was testing out my new toy - an ExtraWheel trailer.

Sections of the eastern parts were definitely suited to mountain bikes - some of the descents were downright hairy! A bike-packing setup would be ideal if that's your thing, but not necessary.

I recall lots of issues with gates/barriers along the way. Some the bike/trailer could squeeze through, others not. There was no uniformity in terms of height/width, but that's all part of the adventure :D

I spent less than 15 minutes plotting the route/accommodation options and had I spent a bit more time on that it would have meant a few less dead ends in the evenings. In any case, there were lots of camping options along the way, or not too far off route.

I used a Wahoo Elemnt with the route preloaded so did not need to depend on the signage and cannot comment on how effective or otherwise it is. There were lots of signs, but can't say if they were all in the right places.

I really enjoyed it. I was lucky in terms of the weather. I was pleasantly surprised at the rural nature of most of the tracks that went close to the big urban areas. Of course, the foot-traffic increased here too.
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Re: Trans Penine

Postby MockCyclist » 13 Jan 2019, 7:38pm

There's the Trans Pennine Trail, Southport to Hornsea, and there's the C2C, Whitehaven to Tynemouth. I have a suspicion HobbesOnTour is describing C2C.

It's a few years since I've done the TPT. It's mostly off-road, often on redundant railway routes. Travelling eastwards, the TPT is flat from Doncaster to Hornsea. Before that, it's mostly downhill from the high point near Dunford Bridge. Don't know about camping options I'm afraid.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby foxyrider » 13 Jan 2019, 10:07pm

I've ridden quite a few segments at different times, quite happily on road bikes. In South Yorkshire there are loads of side bits - for example the route down to Chesterfield is included and signed as TPT. A friend has ridden it all on a cheap hybrid without any issues.
It is largely on well surfaced rail trails and bridleways but of course it has to climb from sea level to some 400m and it does that in a comparatively short distance.
As i'm local to a lot of the route i've never investigated accomodation but whilst missing urban centres it's often close enough that a short diversion will open up options quite close to the route. Likewise food stops, cafes and pubs are often signed from the trail.
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Re: Trans Penine

Postby robgul » 14 Jan 2019, 8:35am

There is/was a useful guide book if you are talking about the TPT Southport-Hornsea - see https://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/ (I have the book and maps somewhere)

I rode it in about 2003/4 - fairly enjoyable, just a couple of really stiff climbs - lots of off-road but OK surfaces. The bit across the corner of Liverpool near Aintree was grim with lots of needles and dead rats on the old railway track.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby Paulatic » 14 Jan 2019, 8:48am

robgul wrote:There is/was a useful guide book if you are talking about the TPT Southport-Hornsea - see https://www.transpenninetrail.org.uk/ (I have the book and maps somewhere)

I rode it in about 2003/4 - fairly enjoyable, just a couple of really stiff climbs - lots of off-road but OK surfaces. The bit across the corner of Liverpool near Aintree was grim with lots of needles and dead rats on the old railway track.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby thirdcrank » 14 Jan 2019, 9:35am

I'm pretty sure there's been quite a bit posted about this before, but it may not be easy to search as TPT is the standard abbreviation which is too short. Transpennine trail should avoid the transpennine railway booking controversies which have been discussed a lot recently.

There's probably more about individual chunks than complete rides.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby Sweep » 14 Jan 2019, 9:39am

Can i ask where your second pic was taken, hobbes, ie: the one top right?
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Re: Trans Penine

Postby HobbesOnTour » 14 Jan 2019, 11:03am

MockCyclist wrote:There's the Trans Pennine Trail, Southport to Hornsea, and there's the C2C, Whitehaven to Tynemouth. I have a suspicion HobbesOnTour is describing C2C.


I've just done a little reading up and i see there are various descriptions of cycleways involving the Pennines.
I was mainly on Route 62 which according to Sustrans " National Route 62 connects Fleetwood on the Fylde region of Lancashire with Selby in North Yorkshire. It forms the west and central sections of The Trans Pennine Trail which is a long-distance path running from coast to coast across northern England."
It's well south of the C2C Whitehaven to Tynemouth and more in line with the route of the Southport to Hornsea route.
I see also there is another Pennine cycleway which seems to run along the mountain range. So, lesson for the OP is to make sure you're researching the correct route! :D It's confusing!

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby PH » 14 Jan 2019, 11:06am

I've ridden pretty much all of it, but not in one go. York down to Chesterfield is/was part of a different route (York - Derby) Then I've ridden Southport - Sheffield and Doncaster - Hornsea. I enjoyed it, but I didn't find much of it exceptional, and the good bits were broken up with some that were less so. I wouldn't suggest anyone not do it, but if someone was asking I could think of several NCN routes that I would rather do.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby Paulatic » 14 Jan 2019, 11:18am

thirdcrank wrote:I'm pretty sure there's been quite a bit posted about this before, but it may not be easy to search as TPT is the standard abbreviation which is too short. Transpennine trail should avoid the transpennine railway booking controversies which have been discussed a lot recently.

There's probably more about individual chunks than complete rides.


Just drop this in your search engine

TPT site: cyclinguk.org/forum
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Re: Trans Penine

Postby HobbesOnTour » 14 Jan 2019, 11:22am

Sweep wrote:Can i ask where your second pic was taken, hobbes, ie: the one top right?


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or as a link https://goo.gl/maps/xV9Yac6grh12

It wasn't long before I had to cross the A628 which took a while because it was constant traffic in both directions.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby thirdcrank » 14 Jan 2019, 12:04pm

Re accommodation on the TPT, it's going back a decade now but Ben Lovejoy rode an End-to-End by an eastern route and stayed at the Plough Inn in Snaith, in the East Riding, which is also on the TPT route. I think this was an unbooked stop, but when the landlord Chris learned that he was doing a charity ride, he drummed up some support at very short notice from what is a small town. It's at the end of day 8 on his blog but I think he wrote more about it which I cannot find.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby mongoose » 14 Jan 2019, 9:59pm

I have done the TPT once on my own from Southport to Hornsea and again later with a group from Southport to York - http://basu3acycling.joomla.com/past-rides/trans-pennine-trail-2016

It is mostly off-road tracks that are easily rideable on a touring bike with no steep climbs except the short off-road sheep track at the top of Woodhead Pass [can be bypassed by road] - an easy crossing of the Pennines. Both times I have stopped overnight in hotels or B&B's so travelling relatively light.

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Re: Trans Penine

Postby brynpoeth » 15 Jan 2019, 11:35am

Is the bit from Hull to Hornsey traffic-free throughout, what sort of surface? Is there much railway stuff still there, signal boxes, goods sheds?
Quite obvious maybe but one should distinguish between crossing the Pennines west-east or doing the backbone north-south :wink:
Is Woodhead still in the Peak, where do the Pennines begin, do they end at the Tyne Gap?
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