The Monsal Trail is wonderful traffic-free trail for walkers, cyclists, 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.
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.
October 2, 2018
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