Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride

25th February 2022

Millennium Bridge, Bullhouse
Millennium Bridge, Bullhouse

This bike ride is from Penistone to Dunford Bridge. It is Stage 15 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire.

It's on the trackbed of the old Great Central Railway. The path is part of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT), and it has a pretty good surface (tar spray and chip).

It's gradually uphill and against the prevailing wind on the way out; that means it could be mainly freewheeling on the way back.

Distance: 6 miles each way, so 12 miles there and back
Time: around 45 minutes each way, so 1h30 in total


Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride: Map

Penistone to Dunford Bridge Overview Map
Penistone to Dunford Bridge overview map

The overview map from OpenCycleMap above shows the route from Penistone to Dunford Bridge in red.

This is the ride on Plotaroute; you can download a navigation file from there.

Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride: Sustrans Leaflet

This is the Sustrans leaflet for the Penistone to Dunford Bridge bike ride.

Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride: Bike Shop

There's a bike shop in Penistone, Cycle Penistone CIC.

As well as sales and repairs, they hire out bikes. Their hire fleet includes a range of bikes for adults and children, plus trikes, tandems, child carriers, and inclusion bikes for the disabled.

Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride: Route Notes

Penistone Station
Penistone Station

There's direct access to the path from Platform 2 of Penistone Station. When you reach the path turn right, and as you ride through Penistone you can see the railway viaduct to your right.

Railway Viaduct, Penistone
View of the railway viaduct, Penistone

The official start of this ride is a little further on, marked by a railway signal-style Start sign.

Official start of the Penistone to Dunford Bridge ride
Official start of the Penistone to Dunford Bridge ride

The first village west of Penistone is Thurlstone. There are information boards and signs there.

Sign Boards, Thurlstone
Sign boards, Thurlstone

After Thurlstone, you pass close to Millhouse Green. This is the Upper Don Valley; you don't see much of the river, but there are good views of the valley and the wind turbines at the top of the northern valley side.

Upper Don Valley view
View of the Upper Don Valley

The TPT crosses the A628 Manchester Road at Bullhouse, and it does so on a Millennium Bridge which was finished in 1999 - see the main photo at the top of the page.

There are a few bits of artwork along the way, including this 'over the handlebars and into the bank' piece. It was created to celebrate the Tour de France 2014 passing through Penistone.

Artwork on the TPT between Penistone and Dunford Bridge
Artwork on the TPT

There are wood carvings too - a barn owl, a parrot/golden eagle, and a hare.

Hare carving on the TPT between Penistone and Dunford Bridge
Carved hare artwork on the TPT

When the trail goes over the A616 Whams Road, it crosses into the Peak District. The old railway becomes expansive here, because it is the site of the former Hazlehead Station which had several lines and platforms.

Former Hazlehead Station
Hazlehead Station

Soon after Hazlehead Station is Magic Wood. It has a path through it that kids might like to run along.

Magic Wood
Magic Wood

Just after the wood is the Magic Wood Café.

Magic Wood Café
Magic Wood Café

Head on towards Dunford Bridge. At the time of writing, National Grid is working at Dunford Bridge to remove pylons and overhead cables, burying the wires underground instead.

As the National Grid site includes the TPT there's a diversion, but it's good quality and no problem. The diversion brings you out at the car park at Dunford Bridge.

Just the far side of the road from the car park is the eastern portal of the Woodhead Tunnel - originally a railway tunnel, but now carrying National Grid power lines.

Dunford Bridge is the turn around point, but if you wish you can extend your ride by doing a little loop via Winscar Reservoir.

Extra Loop via Winscar Reservoir

Winscar Reservoir
Winscar Reservoir

To do the extra loop, turn left out of Dunford Bridge car park, on Windle Edge. It goes steeply uphill.

When you see a sign for the Pennine Sailing Club, turn right. Ride along the reservoir dam (pictured above), and continue along the water's edge until you reach a T-junction at Dunford Road. Turn right.

On Dunford Road, it's steeply downhill to another T-junction; this time, turn right on Brook Hill Lane, and you come back to Dunford Bridge.

Winscar Reservoir loop
Winscar Reservoir loop

Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride: the Return Trip

Return to Penistone the way you came.

Have you done this bike ride? What did you think of it?

OS Explorer Map OL1 Peak District

OS Explorer Map Peak District OL1

The Penistone to Dunford Bridge ride is covered by the 1:25,000 OS Explorer map of the Peak District (Dark Peak area), number OL1.

Available from Amazon.

Great Central Railway

The Great Central Railway was formed in 1897 when the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway changed its name.

One of its main routes was from Manchester London Road via Penistone, Sheffield Victoria, Brigg and Grimsby to Cleethorpes.

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