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The Monsal Trail

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Location Monsal Trail, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9UQ
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About The Monsal Trail

Formally part of the Midland Railway’s route between Manchester and London, this 8.5 mile trail offers an amazing journey through narrow cuttings and over impressive viaducts above the River Wye, plus four fantastic re-opened tunnels to whizz through! You don’t even need to bring your own bikes as there are cycle hire centres at either end of the trail, one at Blackwell Mill and another at Hassop Station.

If you’re arriving by train into Buxton, Matlock or Matlock Bath with your bikes then book onto the Peak Cycle Shuttle (a bespoke vehicle which carries passengers comfortably in the front and bikes in the rear). Operated by the Peak District National Park Authority, this service will pick you up from the station and take you to the trail, then at the end of the day transfer you back to your start point.

Once on the trail there’s loads to discover along the way, keep an eye out for old lime-kilns, the old station at Millers Dale and the cotton mills of Litton and Cressbrook where in the 18th century the force of the River Wye used to power the waterwheels. Enjoy a welcome break at Hassop Station, now home to a café, book and gift shop, it’s the perfect stop off to rest your weary legs, have a break and a good old nosey around the shop! Hop back on your bike for a short journey onwards to the popular market town of Bakewell with attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafes and of course home to the confection made by a recipe slip up by a cook in the 19th century resulting in Bakewell Pudding – make sure you try some while you’re there, you’ll burn off the calories on your return journey!

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