From Bakewell to Chee Dale and opened by Peak District National Park in 1980 as a cycling and walking route, Monsal Trail is a big hit with visitors. Monsal has something for all with breathtaking scenery, nature reserves and great places to visit along the route.
Monsal Trail follows a section former railway line built by Midland Railway in 1863 linking Manchester with London.
Monsal Trail is featured in Britain by Bike with George & Larry Lamb on Channel 5 (series 2, episode 3).
The Monsal Trail is in the heart of the Peak District, beginning in north Bakewell, 10 miles north of Matlock and 8 miles west of Chesterfield in beautiful Derbyshire.
There are various entry points to the Monsal Trail along the route between Coombs Road, Bakewell and Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale.
Monsal Trail is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. Whether you are going for a short ride or you plan to ride the whole length, Monsal is a great days out cycling for everyone.
The 8.5-mile (13.5 km) Monsal Trail is mostly flat. There are some steep paths to get onto the Trail at the Wye Dale end of the trail (you will need to push your bike up the slope from the hire shop), and if you choose to visit Monsal Head.
Start the trail at Coombs Road, Bakewell and follow the path. The nearest car parks at the either end of the end of the trail is Bakewell Station or Wye Dale Car Park. There is a 10-minute walk along the access bridleway from Wye Dale Car Park to the bike hire shop and café.
Monsal Trail is managed by Peak District National Park.
|From||To||Distance (Miles)||Distance (Km)|
|Coombs Road, Bakewell||Blackwell Mill, Chee Dale||8.5||13.7|
You will find a number of refreshment stops available along the route at:
Bakewell, Hassop, Monsal Head, Miller’s Dale, Blackwell Mill.
The Angler’s Rest public house is located off the trail at Miller’s Dale and is signposted with access down a steep path.
Toilets are located at:
Bakewell, Hassop Station, Monsal Head, Tideswell Dale and Miller’s Dale.
Cycle Hire available at:
Hassop Station and Blackwell Mill.
Tourist information available in Bakewell and Hassop Station.
How to get here
Monsal Trail is located in the heart of the Peak District. There are a number of car parks near the trail. The easiest way to get there is to enter a car park postcode into your satellite navigation – see table below.
Pay and Display parking available next to the trail at these locations:
|Car Park Location||Proximity To Trail||Postcode|
|Bakewell||Bakewell Station Car Park – next to Trail|
Central Car Parks – short walk of up to a mile
|Hassop Station||Next to the Trail, entry to car park on the roundabout||DE45 1NW|
|Monsal Head||A short but steep walk to the Trail||DE45 1NL|
|Tideswell Dale||Approx. 1 mile from the Trail||SK17 8QH|
|Miller’s Dale||Next to the Trail||SK17 8SN|
|Wyedale||10-minute walk along a bridleway with steep path up to the Trail||SK17 9TE|
Car parking prices vary depending upon owner or authority.
For disabled access, use the Bakewell, Hassop Station or Miller’s Dale car parks.
National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 68 from Buxton or Derby.
Monsal Trail is NCN Route 680.
Buxton and Matlock both would require a bus journey to an access point on the Trail.
Monsal Trail Cycle Hire
Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire
Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works – keep updated on the Peak District website.
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