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Manifold Way

13 km / 8 miles

The Manifold Way is a multi-user route along the Manifold Valley following the former Leek and Manifold Light Railway through the attractive Staffordshire Moorlands. This trail is an easy route being on a tarmacadam track and minor roads between Waterhouses and Hulme End. The route has been open since the 1930s when the railway closed, and is probably the earliest case of a disused railway line being converted to a walkers' and cyclists' route.

Marked on OS Maps as Manifold Way.

No publications available for this route however it is waymarked and easy to follow. The High Peak Trail and the Manifold Way are shown on the free 'Cycle Derbyshire' map available from Derbyshire County Council, tel: 08456 058058 or download from Derbyshire CC website. See Peakland Way.

One of several former railway lines, collectively the White Peak Trails, providing useful links with many other routes through the White Peak area and which are open for use by walkers and cyclists. They are the High Peak Trail (18 miles) Cromford - Dowlow; Tissington Trail (13 miles) Ashbourne - Parsley Hay, where it connects with the High Peak Trail; Monsal Trail (9 miles) Wye Dale - Coombs Viaduct, Bakewell; Manifold Trail (8 miles) Hulme End - Waterhouses.


Path Type
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Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; Moorland; River
SK091501 - Waterhouses, Peak District, Staffordshire
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SK103593 - Hulme End, Peak District, Staffordshire
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12.8 Km (8.0 miles)
359 m (1,178 ft) ascent
234 m (768 ft)  maximum height