Transpennine Trail Barnsley Circular Cycle Route

Cycle Route Details
Route NameTranspennine Trail Barnsley Circular
Cycle Route Location
Town/CityRoyston Lane, Carlton
County/RegionSouth Yorkshire
Start LocationRoyston Lane, Carlton
End LocationRoyston Lane, Carlton
Cycle Steps
1. A leisurely 36 mile ride that uses the Transpennine Trail for most of the route with some short stretches of main road. Hence more suited to Hybrid or Mountain Bikes. The route takes in the old rail line from Wombwell to Worsborough, which is a gentle incline for approx 6 miles to Silkstone Common. Descends into Oxpsring before a short a short climb to join the old Woodhead Rail line heading south towards Thurgoland Tunnels and Wortley. Coming off the line at Wortley, there is a steady climb into Wortley Village before heading past Wortley Golf Club and a good climb up Pilley Hill. The route takes you around Harley and Elsecar on a steady descent, passing the Cortonwood retail park, before rejoining the Trail on what was the Wath to Worsbrough/Stairfoot railway, heading back to Carlton.
Landmarks/Sites to see?
Trail passes the side of Worsbrough Reservoir and Mill Museum and Wigfield Farm (good for kids), Thurgoland Tunnels, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Cortonwood Retail Park (where there is a large Halfords store).