Transpennine Trail comes of age

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the cross-country Trans Pennine Trail, a series of baton relays will take place across northern England later this month.

There will be five relays from the different end points of the TPT to Barnsley, the mid point of the Trail. Local councils will be in charge of getting the baton across their section of the route during a set time period, using schools, volunteer rangers and other community groups to help.

The Trans Pennine Trail is 215 miles, mainly old railway lines, coast-to-coast from Southport to Hornsea, and 350 miles in total linking major cites across northern England. It is designed for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Cllr David White, executive member for transportation at Stockport Council, one of the local authorities within the TPT route, added: "We are very pleased to be joining in with the Trans Pennine Trail's birthday celebrations. The trail allows cyclists who are perhaps less confident to cycle off road and away from traffic."

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