Tissington Trail

One of the most popular of the Peak District trails, the 13-mile (21 km) former railway line of Tissington trail in Derbyshire is perfect for cyclists of all abilities. You don’t need to ride the whole trail either. Each of the former railway stations has a car park, some have refreshments and facilities and two have cycle hire and tourist information.

First opening in 1899, the Buxton to Ashbourne railway line operated for seventy years until transformed into a traffic free trail for cyclists and walkers in 1971.

Want to extend your ride? Check out the connecting High Peak Trail, or nearby Carsington Water or The Manifold Track.


Derbyshire’s Tissington Trail extends for 13 miles from Parsley Hay in the north to Ashbourne in the south. See below for postcodes for navigation.

Let’s Pedal

Tissington Trail is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. Peak District National Park recommends walking where there are steep inclines (there is one north of Mapleton Lane). Ashbourne to Tissington is gently uphill.

You can continue on the northern part of the High Peak trail from Parsley Hay to Hurdlow (2 miles) and that trail ends 1.5 miles after Hurdlow station from where you can head towards Buxton (6 miles) on NCN route 68 or the Pennine Bridleway.

Please note: There are gated barriers breaking a 200-metre steep section where cyclists are asked to dismount between Mapleton Lane and Thorpe.

Route Distance

FromToDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
AshbourneMapleton Lane0.250.4
Mapleton LaneThorpe23.2
AlsopHartington Station58
Hartington StationParsley Hay23.2


You will find a number of refreshment stops available along the route at:

Ashbourne, Mapleton Lane, Thorpe, Tissington, Alsop, Hartington Station, Parsley Hay

Please note, not every refreshment stop is on the trail. Some are in the nearby villages. On trail refreshments can be found at:

Mapleton Lane, Hartington Station and Parsley Hay

Public houses can be found in:

Ashbourne, Thorpe, Tissington, Biggin, Hartington, Hurdlow (on the High Peak Trail after continuing north after Parsley Hay)


Toilets are located at:

Ashbourne, Mapleton Lane, Tissington, Hartington Station, Parsley Hay

Cycle Hire available at:

Mapleton Lane and Parsley Hay

Tourist information available at:

Ashbourne and Parsley Hay

How to get here

By Car

Tissington Trail is located in the Peak District. There are a number of former stations which have their own car park. The easiest way to get there is to enter a car park postcode into your satellite navigation – see table below. Village names and grid references have also been provided for those navigating by OS map.

Car Parking

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

Station Car ParkLocationGrid ReferenceNumber of SpacesPostcode
AlsopNear Alsop en le DaleSK 1550 549750DE6 1NN
Hartington StationNear HartingtonSK 1496 610870SK17 0AZ
Mapleton LaneNear AshbourneSK 1751 473450DE6 1FD
Parsley HayParsley HaySK 1468 637190SK17 ODG
ThorpeNear ThorpeSK 1657 503345DE6 1NJ
TissingtonNear TissingtonSK 1776 520570DE6 1RA

Mapleton Lane also has an overspill car park with 100 spaces.

All car parks currently charge the same prices:

Cars and minibusesup to 1 hour£1.50
up to 4 hours£3.50
all day£4.50
Blue badge holders (display badge)Free

Annual Permits are also available that entitles you to park at all the chargeable car parks owned and managed by the National Park Authority.

Visitors (people living outside the national park boundary)£40
Senior citizen visitors (people age 60 years and above)£30

By Cycle

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

By Train

Buxton, Matlock or Uttoxeter.


  • Distance (miles): 13
  • Distance (km): 20.9
  • Start: Mapleton Lane
  • Finish: Parsley Hay
  • Type: Disused railway line
  • Surface: Tarmac, gravel
  • Sat Nav: DE6 1FD


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

Cycle Hire

Ashbourne Cycle Hire

Mapleton Lane

Parsley Hay Cycle Hire

Parsley Hay
near Buxton

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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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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