Monsal Trail
Monsal Trail
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11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
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11:00 PM - 11:59 PM
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  • JULIE D
    1 contribution
    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 25 May 2023
  • Tracy B
    24 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • WanderingAroundTheWorld
    St Helens, United Kingdom5,202 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Victoria Campbell
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom372 contributions
    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 6 August 2023
  • Cickany
    593 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • KandATravels
    Manchester, United Kingdom102 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Kate G
    Norwich, United Kingdom7 contributions
    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 25 August 2023
  • Sarah W
    7 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Cliff
    9 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • TermiteTravels
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom21 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK5,222 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Monsal trail is an eight and a half mile walking and cycling route along an old railway track and can be accessed at various points. We joined it at Bakewell station and turned left, which is the direction of the bulk of the trail.

We walked past Hassop station, where there is a cafe, and went as far as Thornbridge Estate where we had coffee in Quackers Cafe. It was a lovely walk along flat and easy terrain with lovely countryside views. It is clearly a very popular trail because even out of season, ie January, there were lots of people of all ages and physical abilities enjoying the walk.

Highly recommended.
Written 19 January 2024
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Yuehua
Singapore, Singapore40 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Started the walk from Millers carpark as I wanted to reach Cheedale stepping stones. Though the hike took us just an hour to reach the first set of stepping stones, several parts of the hike were truly muddy. We were blessed that it was winter and the mud had frozen. Otherwise, it was hard to imagine how we could get stuck deep in the mud throughout the journey. However, my boys and I totally had a whale of a time admiring the magical scenery. It was as though the Snow Queen was doing her works. This is my favourite part of my 14day trip in England.
Written 9 December 2023
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matforddavid
Exeter, UK160 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
One of the most popular cycle routes in Derbyshire, using an old railway line. We rode it all, there and back, having parked at Hassop (see the review for best parking on Monsal Trail) . It is easy riding, with wooded sections and some viewpoints, as well as the excitement of riding through tunnels. Some opportunities for refreshment at Hassop and Millers Dale. A great day out!
Written 23 November 2023
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Lari
Road Town, Tortola10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
There are expensive pubs along the path. It was foggy, we did not see that interesting sights at all.
Written 19 November 2023
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,899 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is a beautiful, generally flat old railway track which offers a great cycling, running or walking track.

There are beautiful views of the Peak District and lots of atmospheric Victorian railway tunnels along the way.

There are cafes and toilets in old railway stations at various points along the way.
Written 2 November 2023
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Charlotte
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK68 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Lovely long walk or perfect for a bike ride. We took our dog with us and walked more then halfway and back again. Lovely walk to tired him out but also the scenery is amazing along the way. There are a couple of pubs along the way which is great for if you have kids and need a little rest
Written 28 October 2023
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TermiteTravels
Shrewsbury, UK21 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
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.
Written 19 October 2023
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Cliff
9 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
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
Written 22 September 2023
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Sarah W
7 contributions
May 2023 • Family
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.
Written 21 September 2023
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AlexSwallow
Sheffield, UK1,712 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Walking the length of the trail was a lovely way to spend our wedding anniversary. The path was wide and very easy to follow, the tunnels were like nothing I've experienced so far and the scenery was so much more dramatic than I had expected.

I do think that there are a couple of ways that this could be made even better in the future. First, to make the trail accessible to more people, I think there should be more benches for people to stop at. Second, I think it would be good if there were some toilets halfway along the route for the same reason. There are toilets at certain points but there is a long stretch where you would have to go off the trail to find some. I'm relatively young and relatively fit and these things didn't spoil my enjoyment of the trail, but it is so amazing I'd really like it to be as open and welcoming to as many people as possible, I don't want others to miss out.
Written 3 September 2023
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