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Monsal Trail

16 km / 10 miles

Derbyshire
Exploring Chee Dale, Millar's Dale, Upperdale and passing Monsal Head then onto the dismantled railway leading to Bakewell, it follows the former Midland Railway, much near the River Wye in a steep sided valley.

It is 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.

The planned re-opening of four abandoned railway tunnels in the Peak District (Headstone, Cressbrook, Litton, Chee Tor) went ahead in 2011. The Monsal Trail features in Chiz Dakin's guidebook Cycling in the Peak District (Route 15 Buxton to Bakewell loop) so the trail now runs from Bakewell to WyeDale (just west of Chee Tor) and the awkward descent and footpath across the river at Littondale on the interim route is no longer needed. Derbyshire County Council have submitted a funding bid to eventually create a circular route linking Matlock, Bakewell and Buxton, with another section connecting to the World Heritage Site at Cromford, with a decision expected by the summer of 2011. Planning permission would also be needed before any new sections of the route could be built, so it will be some time before the route is on the ground.


Details:

Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes
Easy; Former Railway
Start
SK111726 - Blackwell Visitor Car Park, Derbyshire
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Finish
SK230679 - Dismantled Railway, Coombs Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Welcome to the Monsal Trail (Peak District National Park - 2011)
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Booklet
Walking the Monsal Trail & Sett Valley Trails (John Merrill Foundation - 2004)
Guidebook
Julia Bradbury's railway walks (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto) - 2010)
Badge & Certificate
Badge & Certificate for Monsal Trail (John Merrill Foundation)

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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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Space2 @ The Old Vicarage  (bookable online)
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The Old Manse  (bookable online)
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Swallow Barn  (bookable online)
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Sycamore Cottage  (bookable online)
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Bubnell Cliff Farm  (bookable online)
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Peak Cottage  (bookable online)
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Pudding Cottage  (bookable online)
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Meadow Croft-Bakewell  (bookable online)
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The Old Station House  (bookable online)
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Route Profile:

16.8 Km (10.4 miles)
320 m (1,050 ft) ascent
274 m (899 ft)  maximum height