Riding the Monsal Trail in Derbyshire

The Monsal Trail is almost 9 miles long and stretches from Coombs Road, Bakewell to Topley Pike Junction, Wye Dale. We always enjoy cycling on the Monsal Trail, It is a great route which anyone can enjoy riding regardless of their level of cycling proficiency.

Riding the monsal trail
Cycling on the Monsal Trail

Hassop Station is our starting location of choice as it is a great resource along the Monsal trail, it has a Cafe, Bike Hire, and a book shop as well as ample paid parking.

The route follows part of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction railway. The railway was closed in 1968 and passed into the hands of the Peak District National Park in 1980, at this time numerous tunnel sections were closed for safety. Roads or paths were used to link the various sections as a result.

Paul winning the Monsal Trail
Paul winning the Monsal Trail

Work by the Peak District National Park Authority costing in the region of £2.25M started on the four tunnel sections in 2009 to make them safe. This work was completed in 2011 removing the need for the footpaths taking people around them were no longer needed. All this work created the continuous trail that we know today.

Monsal Trail cycle group
Riding on the Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is a great traffic-free route in the heart of the peak district. This trail makes for a great family-friendly destination. But what makes it extra special are the 6 tunnels, the great scenery and the accessibility of the cycle route.

We return to the Monsal trail year after year in any weather condition its a great day out. Enjoy the video and until next time stay safe on those trails.


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