The trail runs from Sheffield to Huddersfield, between all 17 of the Stations on the Penistone Line, highlighted in 16 route leaflets available to download below. Covering immensely varied landscapes from inner urban to woods and farmland. It crosses and mingles with many ancient footpaths, causeys, packhorse trails, canal towpaths, and disused railways. The walk passes through three local authority areas in Sheffield, Barnsley and Kirklees.
Between Sheffield and Barnsley, the trail follows the rivers Don and Dearne. The land undulates between Barnsley and Huddersfield again following the Dearne, and then the trail drops down into the Upper Don Valley at Oxspring. It then rises and descends into valleys and streams which eventually become the young Dearne. The route then crosses into the Holme Valley, which joins with the Colne Valley at Huddersfield.
The remains of mining activity are in evidence along the whole of the route. The ancient history of the region is seen in the ramparts of the Iron Age fort at Wincobank, above the Don Valley at the eastern end of the walk and the earthworks of Castle Hill at Almondbury looming over Huddersfield in the west.
Agriculture is a major activity around the trails with dairy farming and some arable in the east changing emphasis to cattle and sheep in the west.
Sheffield and Rotherham are known for the production of high-quality steels and cutlery. Barnsley’s industries include glass, textiles and metal products. Huddersfield is known worldwide for fine worsteds, textiles and engineering products.
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