Thornhill Trail

Thornhill Trail follows the narrow gauge construction railway route used during the construction of the dam at Ladybower Reservoir. The trail is only two miles long, but is an interesting short ride for cycling families and an ideal first trail for children.


Thornhill Trail is located at Bamford, Hope Valley (A6187).

Let’s Pedal

Begin at the Bamford recreation grounds and enjoy the spectacular countryside, especially Bamford Edge, and finish your ride at Ladybower Reservoir.

Thornhill Trail is managed by Peak District National Park.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Bamford Recreation GroundLady Bower Reservoir23.2


There are no refreshments on Thornhill Trail, but you can find Ladybower Café on the north-west side of the lake, and Ladybower Inn on the north-east side. Please note you must go around the reservoir to reach these stops.


Toilets are located at the end of the trail on Ladybower reservoir at Ladybower Café on the north west side of the lake, Ladybower Inn on the north-east side, and Heatherdene on the east side.

Heatherdene are the closest toilets to the trail. Turn right at end of the trail when you arrive at Ladybower and follow the path around the lake.

No Cycle Hire available.

No Tourist information available.

How to get here

By Car

Thornhill Trail is located in Hope Valley (A6187). On arrival in Hope Valley, take Station Road north towards Bamford, then take the third left onto Water Lane. The trail begins just after the Quaker Community buildings.

Car Parking

Very limited parking available at Water Lane, Hope Valley. More parking available at Heatherdene on Ladybower Reservoir.

By Cycle

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 6 from Castleton joins the Thornhill Trail at Thornhill and continues on eventually into Sheffield.

By Train

Castleton or Sheffield.


  • Distance (miles): 2
  • Distance (km): 3.2
  • Start: Bamford, Hope Valley
  • Finish: Ladybower Reservoir
  • Type: Disused railway line, trail
  • Surface: Earth
  • Sat Nav: S33 0DA


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

Cycle Hire

No cycle hire available on this trail.

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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