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Discover the Penistone Line with new walking guides

Monday 17 April 2023

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Penistone Line Partnership are upgrading the popular guidebook that covers scenic walks between Sheffield and Huddersfield.

The 44-page booklet, which includes a foreword by broadcaster Alan Whitehouse and includes a history of the Penistone Line and the local area, will replace the original guide from 20 years ago. Reproducing the guide in a modern digital format means the partnership are able to regularly update sections and not wait another two decades for the next installment. The new guide features tourism hotspots and focal points including quaint villages, viaducts, miles of countryside, disused railway structures, the region’s industrial history and lots of local heritage.

Funded by CrossCountry and the Community Rail Network, volunteers have worked many hours to update walking routes, by gathering new information on areas and refreshing the information for the station-to-station walk between Sheffield and Huddersfield.

Sarah Wells, Community Rail Officer at Penistone Line Partnership, said “Now the line walks are available digitally on our website, viewers can see the options to explore what’s on the doorstep of the Penistone Line. There are trails to suit everyone, with walks varying between 1.5 miles between Shepley and Stocksmoor, to just over 6 miles between Penistone and Denby Dale.”

Each station on the line will have a display with a QR code to view or download the trails, with a limited number of leaflets being produced too. Plans are also in place to promote the area alongside local attractions, tourism promoters, walking groups and local councils.

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