Monsal Trail

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).

Location

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.

Let’s Pedal

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.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Coombs Road, BakewellBlackwell Mill, Chee Dale8.513.7

Refreshments

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.

Facilities

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

By Car

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.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available next to the trail at these locations:

Car Park LocationProximity To TrailPostcode
Bakewell Bakewell Station Car Park – next to Trail
Central Car Parks – short walk of up to a mile
DE45 1GE
Hassop StationNext to the Trail, entry to car park on the roundaboutDE45 1NW
Monsal HeadA short but steep walk to the TrailDE45 1NL
Tideswell DaleApprox. 1 mile from the TrailSK17 8QH
Miller’s Dale Next to the TrailSK17 8SN
Wyedale10-minute walk along a bridleway with steep path up to the TrailSK17 9TE

Car parking prices vary depending upon owner or authority.

For disabled access, use the Bakewell, Hassop Station or Miller’s Dale car parks.

By Cycle

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 68 from Buxton or Derby.

Monsal Trail is NCN Route 680.

By Train

Buxton and Matlock both would require a bus journey to an access point on the Trail.

Summary

  • Distance (miles): 8.5
  • Distance (km): 13.5
  • Start: Bakewell
  • Finish: Chee Dale
  • Type: Disused railway line
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: DE45 1NW
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Features

  • Car Park
  • Cycle Hire
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

Monsal Trail Cycle Hire

Hassop Station
Hassop
Bakewell
DE45 1NW

Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire

Bakewell Road,
Buxton
SK17 9TE

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works – keep updated on the Peak District website.

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Disclaimer

The information provided on this page is believed to be correct and is given in good faith. Please be aware that it may have changed since our research. Use of the information on this page is at your risk, we cannot accept any liability for any problems or incidents arising. The maps are based on the postcodes of the centres. The postcode provided for Sat Nav is the nearest postcode to the start of the trail or car park and is therefore not 100% accurate to the entrance of the location. Postcodes are provided as a guide only. We recommend that you confirm the location and other details before travelling.

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