Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Interesting route and very suitable for families as completely traffic free and relatively flat. Used to be an old railway line so gradients are very gentle.
Crushed stone surface suitable for all bikes.
The tunnels on the old railway have been reopened and lit so you can now walk or cycle through them. Bike lights aren't necessary but might be useful to stop other cyclists crashing into you!
August 17, 2018
Great 1 day ride for all the family. We started at the Bakewell end (parked at the farmers auction site/ cattle market) as the trial goes ever so slighty uphill from there. Doing it this way made it easier to cycle back as it's then slighty down hill. We then went into Bakewell village for a bite to eat before setting off home.
October 5, 2018
An excellent asset of the local cycling community to have this dedicate off-road cycle trail - even more exciting with the lit tunnels through the hillside and open viaducts to scale.
December 2, 2019
This trail is a great way to get a long way in or out of Buxton when you've got tired legs or its windy and you want to avoid the hills. Just mind other road users on the A6 section leading up to it and mind other trails users if you are on the trail in busy times. Don't forget to say hi!
September 17, 2020
The Monsal Trail is wonderful traffic-free trail for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users. A former railway line, the trail runs for 8.5 miles (13.7 km) between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, in Bakewell. The compacted gravel trail — which is relatively easygoing and is perfect for all ages and abilities — winds through some of the Peak District's most picturesque limestone dales and heads through characterful tunnels along the way. The trail follows a section of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, which was built in 1863 to link Manchester with London. The line was closed in 1968 and remained unused for 12 years before being taken over by the Peak District National Park.
September 1, 2021
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