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Discover the Beautiful Penistone Line with iFootpath

Another corner of Yorkshire is just waiting to be discovered by iFootpath walkers thanks to a new collaboration between the Penistone Line Partnership and iFootpath. These beautiful walking routes allow you to discover some amazing Yorkshire gems from an iron-age hillfort and a community farm, to stunning abbey ruins and scenic river weirs. This charming area is simply crying out to be enjoyed…

PenistonelinelogoThe Penistone Line is a train line running between Huddersfield and Sheffield, passing through lots of charming villages and crossing some spectacular Yorkshire countryside with woodland, rolling hills, clear rivers and babbling streams. iFootpath has worked with the Penistone Line Partnership to design five walking routes that will take you through the highlights of this wonderful area. Each walk is accessible by train, starting at one Penistone Line rail station and finishing at the neighbouring station, meaning the return leg is a simple train journey taking just a handful of minutes.

The region is teeming with history and you will discover stories of the steel industry, textile production, tailoring services, farming, mining and monastic communities, all celebrated through the preservation of old buildings and the creation of public art.

penistoneberrybrowAs with all iFootpath walks, the routes are richly described with full turn-by-turn directions, historical notes, photos and the all-important live GPS map. Follow the routes using the dedicated iFootpath App and you will see your own live location on the GPS map, meaning you can say goodbye to wrong turns.

We have taken all the hard work out of walking from the Penistone Line, so the only difficult decision you have to make is which of the five routes you will sample first. We think you will be spoilt for choice...

Penistone Line: Sheffield Five Weirs

Penistone Line: Silkstone Waggonway and Woodlands

Penistone Line: Shepley Hills and Higglers

Penistone Line: Berry Brow Fort and Farms

Penistone Line: Barnsley Canal and Cloisters

You can discover more about the Penistone Line and the work of the Penistone Line Partnership at


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The length of our walking guides is given in miles and rounded to the nearest full mile (whole number) for simplicity. For short walks (of less than 2 miles) or walks that have a length that ends in .5, a more accurate walk length may be given in the first section of the walk introduction. For example, the Length in the header may be listed as 6 miles, and the introduction may confirm that the exact length of the walk is 5.5 miles. The walk length is calculated from the GPS file that was created by the walk author GPS tracking the walk whilst walking, using the iFootpath App GPS Tracker, meaning it is very accurate. Our bespoke tracker is particularly detailed and plots a walkers position about every 10 seconds. The tracker is calibrated to match two other reputable map and walking sources, Ordnance Survey and Nike. As with all standardised walk and map lengths, the distance does not take account of hills and slopes, just the distance you would measure using a piece of string on a flat map version of the terrain, so hilly walks will feel longer than stated. If you track the route using another GPS App or Tracker App or Fitness Device, you can expect the distance you record to be different due to different calibrations. This is particularly true of those Apps and devices that count your motion and steps – these can only guess the distance you have travelled with each step and so are much less accurate.

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