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CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF THE TRANS PENNINE TRAIL

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 19 May 2004

19 May 2004

CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF THE TRANS PENNINE TRAIL

Distributed on behalf of the Trans Pennine Trail office

The Trans Pennine Trail is celebrating its 15th Anniversary with a cycle ride along the full 215-mile coast-to-coast route of the Trail from Southport to Hornsea.

In May 1989, a group of walkers and cyclists set off across the country to launch the proposals for a Trans Pennine Trail from Liverpool to Hull. The proposal was to develop a Euro-route linking these two port cities and serving many communities along the way. After much hard work, the result was the Trans Pennine Trail, the country's first largely purpose built, national multi-user route, which officially opened in September 2001.

Les Ford, Trans Pennine Trail Project Officer explained "We wanted to celebrate the success of the Trail and the vision of the all the local authorities that have come together in this partnership to create a magnificent Trail, which is accessible to so many communities and used for leisure and commuting to work, schools or shops. What better way to do that and make sure everybody knows that the Trail is there to be enjoyed than riding the full coast-to-coast route."

Thirty-five cyclists will be waved off from the seafront at Southport by the Mayor on Monday 24 May and will be received by the Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council on the seafront at Hornsea on Friday 28 May.

En route the riders will be passing through
· Monday 24 - Southport to Lymm near Warrington, via Sefton, West Lancs, Aintree, Liverpool, Widnes, and Warrington.
· Tuesday 25 - Lymm to Glossop, via Trafford, Stockport, Tameside
· Wednesday 26 - Glossop to the Earth Centre, Conisbrough, via Hadfield, the Longdendale Valley and Peak District, Penistone, Barnsley and the Dearne Valley
· Thursday 27 - The Earth Centre to Elloughton, East Yorkshire, via Doncaster, Bentley, Snaith, Selby and Howden
· Friday 28 - Elloughton to Hornsea, via Hessle and Hull

Civic dignitaries from partner local authorities will be meeting riders as they make their way along the route.

The Trail runs for 215 miles (346km) coast-to-coast between the seaside resorts of Southport and Hornsea, linking also the ports of Liverpool and Hull. Added to this are the north / south route options between Leeds, York and Chesterfield. With these and other route options there are a total of 350 miles (560km) of signed Trail available. The Trail between Liverpool and Hull forms the British section of the E8 European walking route from the West of Ireland to Istanbul.

Although the anniversary is being celebrated with a cycle ride, the whole of the TPT can be used by walkers and cyclists, with horse riders also able to use many sections. Easy gradients and surfaced paths make much of the Trail suitable for people using wheelchairs or pushchairs. Much of the Trail is traffic free providing a great facility for families.

Trans Pennine Trail, Central Offices, Kendray Street, Barnsley, S70 2TN. Tel. 01226 772574
Email: transpenninetrail@barnsley.gov.uk Web: www.transpenninetrail.org.uk

This is an archived press release

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