Trans Pennine Trail
Trans Pennine Trail, Lymm
Multiple places to get on and off - this is not an exhaustive list:
Statham Ranger Station car park (Statham avenue)
Lymmhay lane (Sow Brook playing fields car park and closest access to Lymm village centre)
Reddish Crescent (close to Sainsburys supermarket)
Birchbrook road crossing
WBC completed a consultation on planned TPT surface improvements affecting a large section of the trail in Lymm; the consultation was 'open' between 24th November 2021 & 12th December 2021. Some information still available at this link: https://www.warrington.gov.uk/TPT-Lymm.
The planned work should be completed by the end of March 2022, it appears that the work will be completed using 'flexipave' - a recycled, permeable 'soft' surface, that is suitable for mixed use (walkers, cyclists, horse riders etc) in preference to tarmac. This appears to be the first time WBC will have used this material, and appears to be a direct result of the feedback WBC received from the Lymm TPT consultation.
Trans Pennine Trail (TPT), Lymm
This trail cuts through Lymm roughly east - west, approximately parallel with the Bridgewater canal. The Trans Pennine Trail (TPT for short) follows the path of an old goods railway line that was decommissioned in the late 1970's / early 1980's. The trail is a fantastic resource for Lymm, and can be busy at weekends and public holidays. The sections away from the village centre tend to be quieter.
The trail crosses the UK east - west.
- To the West, locally from Lymm the trail heads through Thelwall, Latchford and Stockton Heath, then on towards Liverpool to the west of Lymm. The TPT has a short break in Thelwall where a disused railway bridge crosses the ship canal - there is a small adventure to be had crossing Latchford locks (extreme care with dogs & small children), else continue to the Latchford swing bridge & rejoin the trail just across the bridge.
- To the east the trail heads through Dunham, Altrincham & on to Manchester to the east. Heading east the TPT can be used to cycle into Manchester City centre almost entirely off-road, by dropping onto the 'Bridgewater Way' - the widened section of the Bridgewater Canal towpath from Atlantic street, Altrincham.
There are leaflets showing the local sections available at the transpenninetrail.org.uk website
The TPT is popular with horse riders, dog walkers, families, cyclists - with mixed use please consider others - walkers can't hear cyclists approaching - a bell is really useful EVERY time you approach by cycle anyone who's not seen you.
The trail is well surfaced, but can be muddy during and after wet weather, the surface varies quite a lot along different sections. There are two sections that are notoriously bad
- to the west of Star lane, Statham where the trail passes beneath the A56 Camsley lane -used to be almost constantly flooded in winter / wetter weather. This was addressed via improved drainage installed in April 2021, and so far this seems to be working
- To the east of Lymm & past the Parish border close to the Carr Green lane gas plant - often flooded but does dry out. There are some engineered paths to avoid the worst of the floods, but these themselves flood after prolonged rain. There are options for avoiding some of the water if you are agile / ok to climb muddy banks but after wet periods it's wellies / good boots / cycles only for short sections.
Where the TPT crosses roads there are a variety of gates / obstacles intended to prevent motor vehicle access, these can inhibit mobility scooters, wheelchairs, wide bike handlebars and bike trailers. Some of these obstacles do get replaced (& should improve significantly with the planned improvements in early 2022), though it would be worth raising any issues with Warrington Borough Council via Lymm Parish Council.
Since summer 2021 there is a Coffee Van on the TPT at Statham (follow link for details)
The Warrington section of the Trans Pennine trail is maintained by Warrington Borough Council - day to day management is by the Warrington Ranger Service, contact Ranger Tim, via Lymm Parish Council or via the phone numbers above / at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TPT heading to Statham from Thelwall:
Approaching Whitbarrow Road from Sow Brook:
TPT beneath the M6, raising more questions than are answered: