The Longdendale Trail is a short trail which follows part of the route of the Woodhead railway line, which used to run between Manchester & Sheffield. The part we ride in this video stretches from the Woodhead Tunnel’s Westerly entrance down to Hadfield and back.
The trail, which opened in May 1992, forms part of the longer Transpennine Trail (TPT) also known as the National Cycle Network Route 62. The TPT is a coast to coast route which stretches from Southport on the West coast to Hornsea on the East coast.
We have ridden this route many times and generally the scenery and views encountered on this ride breathtaking, however on this occasion there appeared to be a lot of work under way to make changes to the trail and provide easier access to heavy plant/vehicles.
Some sections, like the cobbled section, what appears to be an old mill pond and unspoiled original trail still hold a lot of appeal.
On the occasion myself, Sarah, John and Doogie hit the trail it had been a little wet over night, brake carefully if it is wet, I can’t count the amount of brake pads I have ruined on this trail due to wet sand from the trail eating them, ohh actually I can, it’s two 😉
At only 6 miles each way it’s a great trail that is good for all the family, or cyclists of any ability and with only one road crossing it’s considered traffic free. If you tackle the trail on a Saturday the options for lunch in Hadfield are much better than on a Sunday.
Enjoy the video, and feel free to comment. Thanks for watching.