Tissington Trail

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Tissington Trail
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shane😁😁
Northamptonshire, UK12,297 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We rented 2 electric bikes at Ashbourne at the beginning of the trail at a cost of £32 each plus a deposit of £100 per bike.
This particular trail is 17 miles in length, we managed 5 miles earlier today and stopped for at Tissington village for a bite to eat and a cuppa.
Apparently the first 10 miles of this old railway line is a gradual climb and being bike novices we certainly felt it as it took 40 minutes in driving rain to complete 3.5 miles.....I could have walk it quicker!
There are parts of the trail which lend stunning views out into gorgeous countryside and there were a few places to sit along the way.
There is an old cafe by the old Tissington platforms about 3.5 miles from Ashbourne where we began.
Today the weather beat us so we decided to complete about a third of the trail but thoroughly enjoyed what we did.
The ride back was a pleasure as it took us 15 minutes......downhill.
A very pretty old rail walk with ample toilet stops and very level paths too.
Visited 17th May 2021.
Written May 17, 2021
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Mike
Glossop, UK293 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
A nice walk with great views over the moors and dales of Derbyshire and Staffordshire border. I got a bus to near Hartington and walked to Ashbourne, about 14 miles. There was a little cafe on the trail at Tissington and when you get to Ashbourne you can go through the old tunnel to the town centre. There are buses from Ashbourne either back to Buxton or to Uttoxeter where you can pick up a train to Stoke.
Written April 14, 2022
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Beverley S
Cambridge, UK139 contributions
May 2022
Hired bikes at the Uber friendly Parsley Hay shop. We ended up doing a 20 mile 'round trip Parsley Hay to Tissington but you can do less or more as it suits. There were refreshments at Parsley Hay and Tissington (also at Ashbourne but we didn't get that far). Be aware that Parsley Hay to Ashbourne is mostly downhill so coming back is slightly uphill so allow half as much again for the timings. we went on a weekday and it was beautifully peaceful and not at all crowded. Awesome scenery on the trail and the village of Tissington well worth a look.
Written May 11, 2022
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nessie2
Lichfield, UK153 contributions
Aug 2021
This review is only aimed at the expensive High Peak Junction Car Park - we really do not recommend parking here to cycle as it costs £4.80 for more than 3 hours while the hill out is terribly steep and gravelly. We soon realised why not a single other person was cycling up or down the two hills leading to Middle Top. We had to push bikes up this hill first (admittedly there are fabulous views from the top) and then another one before arriving at Middleton Top. On the way back we knew we couldn't cycle down these hills (and indeed the advice is not to do so) so returned (after Middle Top) via roads through Cromford; these are also dangerously steep and very unpleasant with traffic. It's a much better idea (as clearly most people knew) to park at Middleton Top or one of the many free car parks along the way. The cafe by the canal at the car park was reasonable but the smell from the sewage works rather off putting.
Written August 30, 2021
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kerry_hulton
North West England, UK126 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We parked at high peak trail car park ( only accepts coins in the machine, £4.80 for the day). We started the trail and it is a steep incline immediately! We were cycling and it was very tough, I would only recommend doing this if you do this often because it was really hard or if you have an electric bike. You can also park at the top of the Peak which I would recommend if you want to avoid this steep incline as the path at the top was mostly flat but again there are several inclines. Many people were walking which I think this would be easy to do so would recommend instead of cycling. There’s a cafe at the bottom, there are toilets. I would add there is a sewage plant nearby so the cafe isn’t that nice to sit outside of due to the smell.
Written September 9, 2020
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK465 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Tissington Trail

Cycled the Tissington Trail from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne & back for a distance of nearly 28 miles.

As well documented, the trail runs predominantly downhill in this direction. The gradient is more downhill after Tissington station to Ashbourne.

I really enjoyed this trail & so far out of the Peak bike trails I’ve done so far (Monsal, Manifold & Derwent Reservoirs) I’d rate it a close second to the Monsal Trail though I’ve still to do the High Peak Trail.

The views are great from this trail & there are less trees obscuring those views unlike the Monsal.

The downsides are the trail path isn’t as wide as the Monsal so be courteous & the trail is more exposed to any wind due to less trees. I did it on a calm September day with weather around 20 degrees & sunny - perfect!

The surface is gravelled & on one or two stretches there is evidence of water erosion causing ruts on the path surface. So, it’s probably best tackled on an MTB with off-road tyres, though I managed it on a hybrid bike with slicks!

Don’t forget your bike lights for the Ashbourne Tunnel ;)
Written September 18, 2021
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Ranbir S
Solihull, UK23 contributions
Sep 2020
After reading other reviews. We decided to start in Ashbourne, and we’re told no probs with just turning up and there would be bikes.
There are no bikes left in Ashbourne so we called up to Parsley Hay and luckily they had some bikes that we could reserve. was a bit concerned about having to cycle down hill and then at hill on the return however the bikes that we hired were fabulous and the gears were good enough that riding back was not actually a problem - it was absolutely beautiful weather lovely trail thoroughly recommend it.
Written September 28, 2020
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fluffymonkey
Worcester, UK2,640 contributions
Aug 2020
We hired bikes from the Middleton Top Countryside Centre (£50 for 3 hours for 2 adult & 2 children's bikes) and had a leisurely ride to Minninglow for a picnic and then headed back. Once you get past the busy quarries its a beautiful stretch of open and largely flat ride (once you get past the small Hopton incline 1:14 challenge!) through White Peak landscapes.
For a Monday in Summer it was quiet, very few walkers, mostly cyclists on the trail when we visited.
Written August 25, 2020
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Cruiser36995
1 contribution
Sep 2021
Such helpful staff at the Ashbourne Cycle Hire who helped me out when my road bike brake cable snapped at the start of a groups day out on the Tissington Trail. Quick rental arranged and it was fully repaired on my return later in the day although they were extremely busy that day. So thank you. Having used one of their rental mountain bikes I would certainly recommend the use of these instead of a road bike as its much safer and enjoyable.
Written September 27, 2021
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Bigbadtref
4 contributions
Oct 2020
Parsley Hay Cycle Hire - Superb. Absolutely superb. This was out first family bike ride....I hear some of you say....what! But trust me we have a very good reason why this was and having phoned only an hour ahead on a Thursday morning the staff told us they had special equipment available (a trike) and would keep us one. Arriving an hour or so later we will so well looked after and our daughter was given some private tuition to ride the trike. The lady and gent were just brilliant. They took time with our daughter to aid her confidence and off we went. We had a great 4 hours on the bike and the trail is just super for this purpose.

I must say as a keen hiker and climber as well I would avoid the trail for a walk. There is a lot of bike traffic. If on foot, keep your time on the trail to a minimum though I found most cyclists very courteous of walkers. This is soooo important - message to cyclists.
Written October 24, 2020
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