Walks, rides and activities planned for 30th anniversary of Trans Pennine Trail

A series of walks, rides and activities will help mark the 30th anniversary of the Trans Pennine Trail.

Construction of the trail – which runs from coast to coast – began in 1989 and it was officially opened in 2001.

All the events will be hosted by various partners from Local Authorities to local user groups.

Gillian Ivey, Chair of the Trans Pennine Trail partnership said: “The route is a great place to encourage an active lifestyle, helping to promote good health through gentle exercise in a safe environment.”

The coast to coast route, from Hornsea to Southport covers 350 miles, running through a number of cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Selby, attracting 1.7 million people a year.

The largely purpose-built trail includes canals, disused railway lines and riversides, encompassing both rural and urban landscapes.

Along the route, you can see historic towns and heritage sites such as, Selby Abbey the reported birthplace of Henry I. York Minister the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe and Dunham Massey Hall the early Georgian house with a beautiful garden which is open throughout the year.

Unlike most nature trails the Trans Pennine Trail is not just for walkers, it’s available to cyclist as well as, horse riders. The reasonably flat trail provides easy walking, riding and cycling and is mostly traffic-free, perfect for everyone including families, those in wheelchairs and for anyone wanting some gentle exercise.

The Trail is also part of the National Cycle Network, which aims to help reduce congestion and improve air quality, in order to make the world a greener place.

Ramblers and riders alike can plan their own events, with the Trans Pennine Trail website providing tips with on event planning. The website also has an extensive list of events taking place across the Trail throughout the summer, catering for all.

For further information about the events or if you would like to organise an event visit the Trans Pennine Trail website here.

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