Monsal Trail
Monsal Trail
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  • JULIE D
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Filthy toilets at Millersdale Station
    The Monsal trail station and cafe toilets . They are not cleaned filthy and a health hazard. After walking the dog we decided to have lunch. We used the restrooms which are adjacent to the cafe, and left without lunch. I will not go back to the cafe. and have been on holiday in Millersdale for a few years.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Tracy B
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Amazing place. Loved the walks, the weir and viaduct. Great for walking and cycling. You need good legs when coming down from Monsal Head as there are steep steps and paths. The hotel at the top does lovely food and you can buy ice creams at the top. We stopped at a campsite two min walk away from Monsal Head
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • WanderingAroundTheWorld
    St Helens, United Kingdom5,202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely flat walk, but can be slippery and uneven
    We did part of this Monsal trail route this weekend as a lovely walk. It was very flat, with most of it alongside a river. It takes in lovely scenery and was suitable for all ages (with many different ages seen along the route). However, it is not very accessible, particularly as there are 2 sets of lovely steeping stones which were slippery and uneven & parts of the trial that were very slippery (despite good July weather) where we had to really watch our footing and crouch down to climb down. We’re glad we had on our walking boots and not trainers. We walked a circular route from Millers Dale car park to Chee Dale, taking in the old lime kiln, 2 lots of stepping stones and the three tunnels, and ending back at the start point of the cafe in the millers Dale car park. It was 7.5k in total. We’ll defo be back.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Victoria Campbell
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning walk, completed in 2 parts!
    We completed the Monsal Trail in 2 parts over 2 days. On day one we parked on the road near Bakewell Station. As we walked through the station we turned right, and so got the small end of the walk (we should have turned left!). We walked back, and then continued just beyond the Thornbridge Estate. At this point we had not seen any tunnels, but we had stopped at Haddon Station for a pint and ice cream. At Thirnbridge Estate we met a lovely elderly couple who advised us of how far ahead the tunnels were, and told us that Thornbridge Estate was free to park at, so we decided to call it a day and walk back to our car and return for the rest on Friday. We came back on Friday, parked up at the Thornbridge Estate and went into the Quakers cafe for breakfast before setting off. We completed the trail, seeing all the wonderful tunnels and viaducts. It is worth noting I was on foot with the husband and elderly dog, my step son was on his bike. We covered almost 12 miles on the second day. On the way back we stopped at the lovely Anglers Rest at Millers Dale (I will review separately) It is a lovely activity to do whether you are young or old. You can also hire bikes if that takes your fancy! Highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Cickany
    593 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Monsal Trail Experience: Biking Through Beauty and Beyond
    After reading a mix of positive and negative reviews about the Monsal Trail, we decided to experience it firsthand. We rented bikes at Hassop station, which offered a swift and efficient service, and cycled to the trail's end and back. We weren't disappointed. The trail showcased a range of sights, from breathtaking scenery to observing walkers and abseilers. Cycling through the tunnels was particularly enjoyable, though a heads-up for the occasional drips from above! While there aren't many facilities directly on the trail, a short detour can lead to refreshment spots. Indeed, there are other magnificent hiking areas nearby, but it would have been a missed opportunity not to savor the trail itself.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • KandATravels
    Manchester, United Kingdom102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family day out!
    A lovely place for a day out on the bikes (or walking). We took two 7 year olds and our own bikes. The paths are well maintained, it’s safe and the scenery beautiful. Plenty of opportunities and benches to stop along the way to have our packed lunch. We’ll be back!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Kate G
    Norwich, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trail, excellent views
    Brilliant trail for all whether you're walking or biking! We hired bikes from Blackwell Mill and cycled to Bakewell, taking our time and enjoying the sights. The kids especially like the tunnels! The way back from Bakewell is slightly uphill so a bit of a slog compared to how easy it is on the way there. So would probably go from Bakewell next time to give my legs a rest! The trail was busy with lots of people strolling, hiking, leisurely biking or cycling with a purpose so it's a good idea to stick to the left and use your bell to let people know you're coming up behind them so they can move over. Unfortunately, on the way back, we got a front tyre puncture on the adult bike with the tag along (no one's fault, these things happen!) just before Cressbrook tunnel. Be aware that phone signal is spotty so my husband and son had to cycle on to find somewhere that they could call the cycle hire place - this turned out to be the Millers Dale stop! But we were soon on our way again so the day was not spoilt. When we got to Bakewell, we locked the bikes up at the old station and walked in - there is a hill! - but it was good to stretch our legs and have wander around the town.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Sarah W
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be prepared
    This it a really lovely family bike trail. We enjoyed it as a family - my Son was 6, it was his first big bike ride and he loved it. The only reason we weren't prepared was that we hadn't being on a bike ride in so long and it's a long journey and the saddle holds no prisoners. I ended up walking quite a bit of it, biking through the tunnels.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Cliff
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flat area for a walk
    We parked in a pay and display car park and waked a central section of this trail. There are a few different start end points on this walk but it was built on on old railway line so flat to walk on. The section we walked took us through 3 tunnels one was long enough to need lighting. Calm peaceful area for a leisurely stroll
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • TermiteTravels
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monsal Head
    Monsal head view point is beautiful. There is a pay and display car park, and a pub. We parked here, at the top, - but you can easily park at Millers Dale station and walk along the Monsal trail. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the views, looking out over the old railway viaduct, and down the valley.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
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Avux99
Cheshire, UK599 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Family
Visited as a family of four to ride the trail. Parked at Wyedale, where you have a 3/4 mile ride along a decently surfaced bridleway to Blackwell Mill, where there is a short steep slope up to join the Monsal Trail proper.

The trail is well documented, you go over a series of viaducts & through six tunnels. It slopes gradually downhill from Blackwell Mill to Coombes Road in Bakewell. If you have unfit cyclists/young children, you can have the fittest in your party (in our case, lucky me) to turn around heading back up hill to Wyedale to get the car & pick the lazy/unfit up from Bakewell station!

The novelty aspect of the trail with the tunnels etc is great fun & some of the scenery is top drawer when it pops out from amongst the trees. However, as with a lot of these ex-railway tracks for significant stretches of the route you are effectively in a green trench. But overall the positives easily outweigh any negatives here.

Another positive thing which sets this trail apart are the facilities en route. eg at Hassop, there is a communal bike pump complete with bike tools & even a jetwash to wash the bike down post-ride. Excellent & unheard of on any other ex-railway trail I’ve ridden (so far).

Obviously the trail can get busy, so arrive early during peak season or even contemplate arriving late. If the sun isn’t going down until 9/10pm & you don’t mind a later finish, start later in the day when most have gone home ;)

If the other Peak cycle trails are this good, I’ll be a happy bunny.
Written August 23, 2021
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Karen H
Stanford-Le-Hope, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We spent a few days in the Peak District whilst visiting our daughter, we decided to park at Monsal Head and walk part of the trail. The trek down the hill was interesting, the walk itself was beautiful and picturesque, there are an awful lot of bikes whipping past and some of them don’t even have the courtesy to wait for a space between 2 groups of people waking in opposite directions. We stopped for a drink at the cafe which was lovely. A point of note is the car park at the top of the Monsal trail by the pub is pay and display, not a problem except it’s cash only and no change given. Quite surprised as in this time of a pandemic and most things are cashless thought this may have updated. We parked in the lane opposite as only had £1.50 between us and a days parking was £6, there were a lot of cars parked In the lane and I wonder if a large part of this was the inability to pay for parking cashless?
A beautiful place and a lovely walk, would nit hesitate to do again
Written August 19, 2020
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Wontolla1
Manchester, UK400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Incredible FLAT walk along one of the most scenic closed railways anywhere!
Full of history, some relics of the time of steam train UK can be found along it's length.
Wildlife in abundance on and around the track. Cafe's, pubs and other delights can be found on and around the walk to make it more pleasurable.
Written March 16, 2020
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Atul P
Coventry, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
From Bakewell to Wyedale car park this is around 10 miles on a former railway line. This path is for walking, horse riding and cycling. There are 3 long tunnels and many bridges. We did this over 2 days. Day 1 we started from Blackwell car park to Jct Little Longstone and Ashford and on day 2 we started from Wyedale car park till Jct above. Hassop and Miller's Dale for WC/refreshments stop. Plenty of places to stop and admire the peak and deviate on other paths and explore what the Peak district has to offer.
Did not see any horse riding, but plentiful of cyclist over the weekend, compared to weekdays, just need to be vigilant, especially in the tunnels.
Car park at Wyedale is small so arrive early and pay for full day £4.75 (great value) so you could enjoy without having to return early.
Love to do it all over again when it's dry and sunny.
Written August 29, 2020
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Paul B
Helston126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Park in the visitors centre at Hassop station and take the circular route into Ashford, following the wye river on into Bakewell.
It's a walk of 6 miles, but probably more like 7 after wondering around bakewell, which is a must on this route.
The scenery is breathtaking, and reminds you why the peak District is a Mecca for walkers of all ages.
The route we took was easy and only had two reasonable climbs, ideal for children and the reasonably mobile elderly, but not the disabled. However, the longer and flatter monsal trai that follows the now disused railway track is suitable for all comers.
The walks are well rewarded at the visitors centre which serves a good range of refreshments. Parking at the centre cost £5.50 for all day, and I'd recommend an all day stay, irrespective of how long you're walk is, there's nothing worse than having to cut short an enjoyable visit somewhere because your parking ticket is about to run out! But good luck with ticket machine, which requires a degree in applied science to operate!
Written October 11, 2020
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Dembot
Cambridge, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We decided to drive directly to the Monsal viaduct as two parts of the Mosal Trail was closed so we fitted this is with other activities during our day. Amazing view from standing on the viaduct and beneath it. As it was later in the day that we arrived it was nice and quiet which was lovely as we know it gets quite busy here. The walk back up to the car parking is steep so i would recommend wearing decent footwear and taking your time.
Written October 10, 2020
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Joanie H
Dagenham, UK567 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is the first time we have gone along this trail even though we have been visiting this area for a number of years. We walked back from Bakewell to the place we were staying and we found it a lovely walk, really interesting, lots of beautiful scenery to see. After a steep hill to get into the trail it was flat the rest of the way. You pass a lot of the old railway stations that were there before the tracks were taken up and this is the the line that the trail takes.
We also walked through some of the old tunnels, they have lights in them to help you through and you are told not use them after dusk as this is when the lights go off. It’s great walking through these old tunnels, thinking about the old steam trains going through them.
You can cycle along the trail, and there were lots of cyclists using the trail, of course most of them were very sensible, but of course there were some who did not follow the measures listed in the many signs along the trail. People should not cycle through the tunnels but they do!! That’s my only moan! Other than that it is great and when I go back I will be walking along it again.
Written August 22, 2022
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Taylor & Lauren
United Kingdom9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We hired E-bikes from Hassop Station to complete the trail.
Going in slightly pessimistic due to our lack of fitness levels, we completed the trail in 3 hours 30, including 2x 20 minute stops along the way.

We highly recommend the E-bikes for anyone that may struggle slightly with the nearly 18 mile journey, they made it much more enjoyable.

We stopped for a coffee at ‘The refreshment Room’ at Millers Dale Station - a lovely spot with equally lovely views, dog friendly, plenty of bike stands, picnic bench and toilets.

This was easily our favourite part of our 3 night stay in Buxton/Bakewell.
Written February 8, 2022
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Charlie T
Sevenoaks, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Great bike ride but little parking avaible all along the route. Would highly recommend getting there early to find a spot or if you are staying early just walk/cycle there. Great little spot to get a drink/coffee near the Blackwell Mill end with very friendly staff.
Smooth ride round and the tunnels were a nice surprise.
Written August 3, 2020
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Margaret Research
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Dec 2020 • Friends
Having never visited the famous town of the Bakedwell Tart I was extremely pleased when my good friend Colin offered to take me there for a trundle. It was one of those gloomy damp days that happen upon us during December and my gout was giving me jip but nevertheless I managed to have an agreeable time. After breaking my new hiking boots in I found my lilting gate much improved. So much so that we managed to undertake 5 typically aggressive cyclists in brightly clad lycra one of whom growled as he toppled into the embarkment. It was then that we discovered the Hasslopt Station and wow what a find! During these covid times I was brought to wet eyes by the fact that I could order a beer and drink it outside under the barn covering. Truly joyous was that moment...until Sharon's mishap on the well-trodden Monsail Tral back to Backwell.
Written January 13, 2021
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