Monsal trail at Hassop
Summer storm at Monsal Trail
Monsal trail at Bakewell
Refreshments at Tissington
Monsal Dale viaduct - great for walking and cycling!

Trails for cycling and walking

Derbyshire’s countryside and the ever-changing landscape of the Peak District offer a wide variety of walks and trails, from linear walks starting and finishing at different points, to longer, circular walks. Spectacular colours, quiet paths and welcoming, cosy pubs are just some of the treasures within 500 square miles of countryside. Sean Cummins takes a look...


The High Peak Trail  is one of the longer trails in the Peak District, stretching seventeen and a half miles from High Peak Junction on the Cromford Canal to Dowlow near Buxton, and follows the old Cromford Railway.

An ideal trail for horse riders, cyclists and walkers, it is also suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs along the flat sections. Picnic sites, car parks and information centres are all provided to ensure visitors get the most out of their time in the magnificent setting of the Derbyshire countryside.

Hire cycles (replaced annually) are available between April and October and can be found at Parsley Hay car park and also at Middleton Top.


For further info contact: 01629 823204.

At Parsley Hay the trail connects with The Tissington Trail…

The Tissington Trail runs from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay and is 13 miles of picturesque beauty.

Clearly signposted routes for both rambler and cyclist take the visitor on a scenic trip along the old Buxton to Ashbourne railway line, happily bereft of the interference of cars or noise pollution.

Shorter routes are available along with an Information Point, based at Hartington’s former signal box, which is open on Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Bank Holidays during the summer. Together with the High Peak Trail, The Tissington Trail is the oldest of the Peak District trails.


For further info call 01298 84493.



The Monsal Trail runs for 8 and a half miles between Bakewell and the stunning views of Monsal Head. Following the River Wye, this trail is one of the very best you’ll find in the Peak District.

The highlight for many is the dramatic view from Monsal Head; standing high above the dale this is the best viewpoint for admiring the breathtaking Monsal Viaduct. 


The Manifold Track at 9 miles is suitable for all the family and runs from Hulme End to Waterhouses. It  follows the route of the former Leek & Manifold Light Railway along the wooded valley with lovely wild flowers in spring and summer. The trail includes an information centre, seasonal bike hire from Brown End farm at the Waterhouses end and NT tearooms at Wetton Mill. Most of the route is traffic-free, but there is one short section along a country lane used by vehicles. 

Wetton Mill to Weag's Bridge, the central part of the route, takes you into the heart of the deep-cut limestone valley, with steep wooded slopes, bare rock outcrops and the dramatic entrance to Thor's Cave far above.

For more information call 01298 542 886

Last Updated: 29 Jun 2015