Trans Pennine Trail Walk

The Route

what3words for start point: Varies depending on entry point

Start Point: The Trans Pennine Trail has multiple entry points; popular starting locations include Southport on the west coast and Hornsea on the east coast.

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walks) or different endpoint for through-hikes

Distance: Approximately 215 miles (346 kilometers) coast-to-coast; various shorter sections available

Walk Description

Starting Point: Southport, Merseyside (example starting point)

Key Highlights:

  • Coast-to-Coast Route: The trail spans from the Irish Sea at Southport to the North Sea at Hornsea, traversing the Pennines and passing through many historic towns and cities.
  • Diverse Scenery: Experience a variety of landscapes including coastal paths, riverbanks, canals, urban areas, and rural countryside.
  • Historic Towns: Pass through culturally rich areas such as Liverpool, Manchester, and York, each offering unique historical sites and landmarks.
  • Wildlife and Nature: Enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife along riversides, in woodlands, and across moorlands.

End Point: Hornsea, East Yorkshire (example endpoint)

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 215 miles (346 kilometers) coast-to-coast; sections vary in length

Difficulty: Varies – easy to moderate, with accessible sections suitable for families and people using wheelchairs and pushchairs

Terrain: Mixed terrain including well-maintained paths, urban cycleways, disused railway lines, and canalside paths. The trail is mostly flat with gentle gradients, making it accessible for a wide range of abilities.


  • By Car: Numerous car parks along the trail. Specific locations depend on the section being accessed.
  • Public Transport: The trail is accessible from many towns and cities with good public transport links, including trains and buses.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes or boots, especially waterproof ones in wet conditions.

Supplies: Bring water and snacks. Many towns and villages along the route offer cafes, pubs, and shops for refreshments.

Navigation: The route is well-signposted, but carrying a map (available from the Trans Pennine Trail office or website) and a GPS device can be helpful for additional navigation.

Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Carry waterproof clothing, warm layers, and a hat and gloves.

The Trans Pennine Trail is a versatile and scenic long-distance path that offers something for everyone, from serious hikers to families looking for a day out.

The full 215-mile route connects the Irish Sea to the North Sea, passing through diverse landscapes and numerous historic towns and cities.

Whether you choose to walk the entire trail or just a section, the Trans Pennine Trail provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of northern England.

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