Parts of the trail follow the Tran-Pennine Trail, which is open to cycles. The entire trail from Rotherham to the end at Sheffield is on cycle paths.
From Doncaster the trail follows public footpaths until it joins the Trans-Pennine Trail at Sprotbrough. From here it is open to cycles all the way to the crossing of the River Dearne near Denaby Ings Nature Reserve. This section can be muddy in winter and includes a steep pull up to Conisbrough Viaduct, along a track with a loose surface. Cycles can’t follow the path down to the canal at Mexborough lock, but can continue along the Trans-Pennine Trail then follow the cycleway down into Mexborough.
The trail from Mexborough to Rotherham is not open to cycles. Some sections are on public footpaths or permissive paths that cannot be used by cyclists.
From Rotherham station to the end of the trail the route is perfect for cycling.