Heading North – Train Assisted

From Sheffield trains head north through Meadowhall, and then go either north-east to Doncaster for the East Coast Main Line and further East to Hull and Cleethorpes, or North West to Barnsley and hence either Huddersfield or Leeds, or straight up to Leeds with some trains heading to York and further north.

There is also an occasional stopping service to York via Pontefract which can be useful if you have a bike. Departures as of 11th April 2017 are 09:29 & 13:30, returns 11:06 & 15:05

Bike carriage details – based on typical daytime service. Times and platforms may vary, contact National Rail for updates.

Heading Calder Valley Way?  Have a look at travelling via Wakefield Kirkgate and Brighouse or Mirfield. You can cut your journey time and have a lot less hassle if you get the right connections.

If you search on the Journey Planner for journeys between Hebden Bridge and Sheffield you will be routed via Huddersfield or Leeds, with journey times of between 2 hours 9 mins & 2 hours 19. However, if you change at Mirfield & Wakefield you can do the journey in 1hr 55, maybe even 45, but if you select “via Mirfield” in the planner it gives you 2hrs 45mins as the journey time. We’ve raised this as an issue that the timetablers could perhaps fix.

This option avoids the congested Bradford-Leeds-Wakefield Section so as well as being quicker is more convenient if you have a bike. When I tried it both the revenue protection guys and the cafe staff offered to look after my bike at Kirkgate while I had a coffee – top service!

 xx:06     Leeds via Barnsley:  Northern service calling at all stations via Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate.  2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times.

xx:10     Cleethorpes  Trans-Pennine Express. Normallly Class 185: 2 bikes per train, reservable. As well as the official bike space in the centre of the train there is a flexible luggage/seating space on the other side of First Class which can be worth heading for if the train’s busy. (Note Oct 2014: TPEX are increasingly using 2 Class 170 2-car units joined up for these services, giving an extra carriage. This means there are 4 spaces per train – 2 in each unit – for bikes although it is not clear whether 4 spaces are reservable – if you have any info on this please let us know. The bike spaces are in the centre of each unit – look for the flexible space next to the disabled toilet, there should be a bike symbol by the door as well )

xx:15     Leeds   Via Bolton-on-Dearne, quite slow. 2 Bikes per train but can be flexible at off-peak times

xx:18     Leeds via Barnsley:  Northern “Express” service only calling at Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate. 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times.

On Sundays, the 10:17 is a through service to Carlisle – handy if you want to head up to the Dales and try out some of those Tour De France stages. On other days you need to change at Leeds for the Settle – Carlisle line.

xx:21     Cross-Country Train via Leeds, destinations vary but they all serve York & Newcastle. Generally very busy. On Voyager trains 3 Bike spaces, 1 first come first served, 2 reservable, (generally not enforced)  in the second coach from the end in the second class section. You need to be able to lift your bike and hang it on a hook.   Some services are operated by the older HST’s, these trains have a guard’s compartment in the end of the coach next to  the power unit in 2nd class with room for at least 4 bikes (although it is not clear how many you can reserve – could anyone with experience of this please leave a comment?

xx:24     Scunthorpe  Northern stopping train,2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times

xx:36     Huddersfield  via Barnsley. Northern stopping train,2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times   Note that it can be just as quick and more comfortable to take a Northern express to Wakefield Kirkgate and change.

xx:41     Scarborough via Hull, also calls at Beverley and Bempton for the fabulous RSPB reserve on the cliffs – a Puffin nesting place. Northern stopping train, 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times. Note this service can get very full of bikes from Bridlington because of the large number of cyclists completing the Way of the Roses.

xx:50  Leeds via Barnsley:  Northern “Express” service only calling at Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate. 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times.

xx:47    Cross-Country via Doncaster.  destinations vary but they all serve York & Newcastle. Generally very busy. 3 Bike spaces, 1 first come first served, 2 reservable, (generally not enforced)  in the second coach from the end in the second class section. You need to be able to lift your bike and hang it on a hook. Some people put their bikes in the luggage space just behind the bike space.

xx:53     Adwick  via Doncaster Northern stopping train, travelling along the Don Valley to Doncaster and extending to Adwick, 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times. Handy for accessing the Trans-Pennine Trail at Conisbrough  – now resurfaced to Sprotborough!