Youngsters take first trail steps

Pupils of Denby C 0f E First School leading members and officers from the Trail Partnership and trail users at  official opening of the new section of the Trans Pennine Trail from Penistone to Kirkburton at Upper Denby See Story Martin Slack Picture Chris Lawton   '16 October 2012
Pupils of Denby C 0f E First School leading members and officers from the Trail Partnership and trail users at official opening of the new section of the Trans Pennine Trail from Penistone to Kirkburton at Upper Denby See Story Martin Slack Picture Chris Lawton '16 October 2012
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Walkers pulled on their boots and took to the great outdoors to try out a new section of the Trans Pennine Trail which starts in Penistone.

Pupils from Denby First School in Barnsley were among the first to try it out.

The new part of the trail runs from the South Yorkshire market town to Kirkburton in West Yorkshire.

It is hoped the extension of the trail will encourage more tourists to the area, and that visitors will spend their money in shops, pubs and businesses along the way.

The trail has been built with a grant from the East Peak Innovation Partnership, a body which awards funds to countryside projects.

The money for the project has come from the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

A spokesman said: “There are on-road and off-road options.

“The on-road part travels from Kirkburton, through Stocksmoor, Shepley, Haddingley and Royd Moor and joins the trail at Millhouse Green.

“The route is primarily for cyclists but can also be used by walkers.”

The off-road route is slightly longer and goes through Kirkburton, through Shelley, Shepley, Cumberworth Common, Denby Dale, Upper Denby, Igbirchworth, Royd Moor and joins the Trans Pennine Trial at Thurlstone.

That section has been designed for use by walkers, cyclists and horseriders.

The new part of the trail was opened by three local councillors, one from Barnsley and two from Kirklees.

A partnership spokesman said: “The route is well signed and provides an ideal route to encourage and active lifestyle and re-engage with nature.”