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Monsal Trail


14 km / 9 miles
Exploring Chee Dale, Millers 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 Way (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.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Start: SK112726 - Blackwell Visitor Car Park, Derbyshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SK230679 - Dismantled Railway, Coombs Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Peak District National Park - Monsal Trail Peak District Information - Monsal Trail Derbyshire UK - Monsal Trail Monsal Trail [YouTube video] Buxton to Bakewell, including Monsal Trail [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download Welcome to the Monsal Trail  (Peak District National Park  - 2011 ) Download
Guidebook Julia Bradbury's railway walks  (Frances Lincoln (an imprint of Quarto)  - 2010 )
Guidebook Cycling in the Peak District : 21 routes in and around the National Park  (Cicerone Press  - 2017 )
External download Derbyshire CC - Cycle Derbyshire  (Derbyshire County Council  - 2014 ) Download


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 119
OS Landranger Active 119
OS Explorer 24
OS Explorer Active 24
Other Paper Maps:
Around & About
Monsal Trail (Yellow Publications - 2024)

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Monsal Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 06/12/2020 13:12:45 - Route amendments (all tunnels now open)
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Monsal Trail Memory Map Route File
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Route Profile:

14.5 km (9.0 miles)
331 m (1,086 ft) ascent
294 m (965 ft)  maximum height

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