Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail, Bakewell: Hours, Address, Monsal Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Monsal Trail
4.5
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Monday
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Friday
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
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Gina H
1 contribution
Ruined by cyclists speeding past at dangerous speeds with no regard for walkers
May 2021 • Family
Could have been a nice walk but was unfortunately ruined by cyclist after cyclist speeding past at dangerous speeds who expected walkers to move out of their way. No regard for others whatsoever and they would ride about an inch away from my dog, most of them didn’t seem to know how to use a bell either and would just speed up behind you as close as possible with no warning! If you want a leisurely stroll make sure you visit on a weekday as weekends are way too busy or go somewhere else! Won’t be returning unfortunately.
Written June 17, 2021
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RCD_31
Essex, UK59 contributions
Nice, easy and picturesque whether on foot or by bike
Jun 2021 • Couples
If you're looking for something that's not too strenuous whether by bike or on foot then this is it. Nice and flat and an easy journey and picturesque along the way
Written June 16, 2021
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V44MYS
Atherstone, UK317 contributions
A must when visiting the Peaks.
May 2021 • Family
I came here for May Day bank holiday. We hired bikes from the Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire and rode down to Bakewell. I found starting at that end it was alot quieter and you start right at the beginning of the trail, whereas at Hessop Station you miss part of the trail unless you double back on yourself. Along the trail we got off and rode down to Thornbridge Hall which was just a couple of minutes down the road. We sat outside the cafe and had coffee and cake which broke the ride up for us. Even though its an old railway line so should be flat, going down to Bakewell is nice and easy but coming back there is a slight incline and it was harder going than we thought. In total we did over 17 miles that day. Totally worth it but if you're going with younger children just be aware that it's hard work.
Written June 16, 2021
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John B
Chester, UK80 contributions
Short walk to viaduct from top car park
May 2021 • Couples
We visited the trail via the pathway from the top car par overlooking the viaduct. It’s a really beautiful place but the pathway is a bit on the steep side so chose your footwear wisely.
Written June 13, 2021
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Jane B
Birmingham, UK131 contributions
Excellent walk
May 2021 • Friends
This is a beautiful and unchallenging walk except for the distance, We got a taxi to the start and walked all the way to Bakewell. Stunning scenery and plenty of opportunities to go off the trail to explore more.
Written June 12, 2021
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Jon mellish
15 contributions
Monsal trail - access questionable
Jun 2021
This is a lovely trail which is wide but it could be improved. The reason is there are access points (ie Monsal Head) where you have a steep walk down - or up to get to the trail. This will make it difficult for anyone not having good mobility. There are other points along the trail where you may think you could access it with your own bike but can’t so factor this in. Bakewell is fine and no doubt the other end is too but we only walked the centre section. The toilets at Bakewell are coin operated and we thought there might be others along the route but we didn’t see any. Also it would be good for distances to be marked on the information boards and possibly times between the various points. The surface is mostly a loose powdery gravel.
Written June 11, 2021
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Les
Hindley, UK303 contributions
Keep left
Jun 2021
What a great trail, loads to see and nice wide track to easily social distance yourself from others.
There are loads of signs telling you to keep to the left and bingo if everyone does it you are kept apart and safe.
The tunnels can be long and a bit chilly, but you have the option of taking the footpath over the tunnels.
We walked the whole trail and can heartedly recommend it
Written June 11, 2021
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uptownfunk1970
Lancashire, UK22 contributions
Unique historic railway trail
Jun 2021
This is a lovely scenic bridleway to walk or cycle or run along.we a family of 2 adults and 2 kids arrived at the millers dale station car park at around 930am during school holidays and the car park was 85% full…so on a nice sunny day get there early or you might struggle to park.car park charges are varied depending on how long you want to stay…we paid £4.75 which is the max for the full day.the electronic pay machine takes coins and card…it is somewhat confusing to use as I ended up paying on my card .this is a converted train station which has toilets & cafe.we started our journey & turned left onto the trail. It’s very well maintained & easy to walk along or cycle along.it is fairly flat and pushchair or wheelchair users will find it easy. It is very popular with cyclists but nearly all users obeyed the keep left rule . Some often ring their cycle bells to warn you . Parts of the trail are thankfully under tree shade as you walk along so offer quite a bit of well wanted shade in the warm sun. There are some great views as you walk along and the tunnels to cycle through or walk through are just spectacular,…they are lit , just keep left so cyclists can pass , the majority of whom switch their lights on….lovely atmosphere as you walk through the tunnels…it’s like stepping back in time.if you have young children….just either keep them safe with you in the tunnels or ensure they keep left as some cyclists do cycle quickly past you.the popular stop off place is at monsall head viaduct, but we found people stopped for a short time to admire the view .it was disappointing at this location, that whilst the views were lovely, you can’t actually see the design of the arched viaduct as you are standing & walking on it, which in many respects is a real shame and you don’t fully appreciate the engineering.there is a path at this location where you can walk down a steep grassy path where you can sit below beside the river & truly admire the viaduct.however, probably too difficult for the elderly , wheelchair & pram users.
We continued through the tunnels for a few hours arriving at the hassop station stop. This is a busy stop..lovely outdoor seating with a cafe.it is a large car park , again , due to school hols, very busy.we managed to sit down & 2 x chips, 1 black coffee, 1 large piece of chocolate cake & 1 large piece of bakewell cake….all for £15. Very tasty cakes. Important note for us….the chips are fried in palm oil. Staff very polite.
Toilets at this site too.we got back onto the trail here after lunch & started our return walk back the same route. Slight gradient on our return but this is really unnoticeable.
We returned back at the millers dale station car park around 330pm….so it’s a fair long walk…a total of around 12.8 miles ….so this full length not ideal for young kids to do the full length as we did see some young families with some rather upset children…
My advice is, have a look at the official Peak District monsall trail map…and plan your walk if you have young children & want to see the full length. To the right of millers dale station, the trail continues for another couple of miles and takes you past some kilns..we didn’t get to see these due to being exhausted but will pay another visit during the summer.take a packed lunch & plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated…I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Written June 6, 2021
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RossT1984
Braintree, UK333 contributions
‘Easy’ Peak District walking
May 2021 • Couples
So lovely that this walk is here effectively linking Buxton and Bakewell and it’s all flat and easy to walk or cycle. Equally there are dozens of points where you can veer off into the countryside and/or onto some more challenging hillside walks. You could really spend your entire holiday on or around the trail.
Written June 3, 2021
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Michelle Q
Whiston, UK144 contributions
A brilliant day out
Jun 2021 • Couples
Would recommend hiring bikes from Blackwell Cycle Hire as you can rent them out all day. Cycled the trail in 2 hours and I hadn't ridden a bike for years. Smooth ride down to Bakewell, a slight incline coming back so a bit more difficult on return. I recommend the short but steep trail up to the top of the viaduct, great views. There's a few stops along the trail for toilet breaks and refreshments. Had an amazing day!
Written June 1, 2021
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