Section 2 - Gilroyd Lane to Penistone

Section 2 of the Trans-Pennine 100 continues along the multi-use bridleway of the Trans Pennine Trail towards Silkstone Common.

Passing the tunnel entrances and Just after Stubbin Wood the route leaves the multi-use trail and utilizes the footpath route towards Oxspring.

A short hop along the A629 sees the route cross the infant River Don and back on the TPT towards Penistone community center.

  • The South Yorkshire Railway & River Dun Navigation extended its Worsborough Colliery branch through to Moor End pit at Silkstone in 1852. The Trans Pennine Trail, which occupies part of the track bed, runs above ground to the east side of the tunnels. 22 years later, the line was taken over by the Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway which then set about connecting it to the company's main line at West Silkstone Junction. This link opened on 2nd August 1880 and required two tunnels - Silkstone No.1 was the longer at 289 yards whilst, to its east, No.2 was just 74 yards. Since then, following mining subsidence, the east portal of No.1 tunnel has been buried and the other end fenced off, blocking the way.
  • At the time of the Domesday Book the manor of Oxspring (then Ospring) was owned by Lord Swein, who also owned neighboring Rough Birchworth.The book records the combined manors as having the very small value of 2 geld units. It continued to be a collections of isolated buildings and farms for centuries, with Oxspring Lodge completed in 1580.
  • The River Don (also called Dun in some stretches) is a river in South Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire. It rises in the Pennines and flows for 70 miles (110 km) eastwards, through the Don Valley, via Penistone, Sheffield, Rotherham, Mexborough, Conisbrough, Doncaster and Stainforth. It originally joined the Trent, but was re-engineered by Cornelius Vermuyden as the Dutch River in the 1620s, and now joins the River Ouse at Goole.


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