South Pennine Packhorse Trails Trust

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About Us

artwork 2aThe Trust:

  •     researches for historical evidence of status
  •     applies for definitive map modification orders
  •     presents evidence at public inquiries
  •     restores routes on the ground
  •     opens and promotes trails

View a map of ancient highways in the South Pennines

Who pays?

The Trust was established with financial assistance from voluntary organizations and individuals, environmental trusts, businesses and local and central government.  It has to raise every penny it spends.  It has already raised and invested over £500,000 in opening up 100 km of ancient trails network.  Now, faced with the 2026 cut-off date,  the Trust’s work is even more vital.

What has been done so far?

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So far the Trust has:

  • secured the status of 110 km of bridleways and byways
  • improved over 100 km of bridleways and byways

These now form part of the South Pennine Bridleways Network.

With your help we could do more, so join us today!

In addition to opening up the bridleway network the Trust has published:

  • a guide to a 45-mile route from Marsden & Saddleworth to Haworth and Oxenhope
  • a book on the meaning of the term ‘cross road’ on historic maps
  • a history of the packhorse trails

View and purchase our books


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