Heading North – Train Assisted

(Timetable info updated 16th July 2018)

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. Weekday departures as of 16th July 2018 are 08:54 & 11:59, returns 10:15 & 13:13

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 avoid the hassle of changing at Leeds if you get the right connections and you can switch to the excellent Kirklees Greenway network to complete your journey.

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:02     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:05 Adwick via DoncasterNorthern service calling at all stations.  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!

xx:10     Cleethorpes  Trans-Pennine Express.  Generally very busy 3-Car trains, 2 bikes per train, you must reserve at least 24 hours in advance.  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. TPEX put reservation cards on the tip-up seats when a bike has been reserved, which can help when negotiating with the people sitting in them.

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, returning at 15:02 – handy if you want to head up to the Dales and try out some of those Tour De France stages, but it doesn’t stop at all stations on the Settle-Carlisle. 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     Bridlington via Hull. Northern semi-fast train, 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times

xx:30 Hull via Doncaster. Northern stopping train, 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times

xx:35     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:45  Leeds via Barnsley:  Northern “Express” service starting at Lincoln and only calling at Meadowhall, Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate. 2 Bikes per train non-reservable but can be flexible at off-peak times.

xx:52    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.