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The New Monsal Trail

Discover this enchanting disused railway trail in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Mysterious tunnels, winding valleys and beautiful views, this is not one to be missed.

The Monsal Trail is a glorious 8.5 mile exploration of the original Midland Railway line, from Blackwell Mill, Chee Dale to Coombs Viaduct, Bakewell.

With the railway line officially closed in 1968, it wasn’t until 1981 when the majority of it was reopened to the public as Monsal Trail. Full access to the trail was still compromised at this time, as the four main tunnels making up the railway, were still unsafe for use. Access was only possible by adjoining footpaths.

After much funding and renovation, finally on May 25th 2011 the tunnels were officially reopened, completing the old railway line and giving complete access to Cyclists, Ramblers and Horse Riders to explore this inquisitive trail.

This trail offers a fantastic chance to see a beautiful part of the Peak District. Running alongside the River Wye and crossing three main areas of the peaks, you will start just outside of Bakewell and finish 3 miles from Buxton.

You will meander your way to the wonderful Cressbrook Mill, through into Millers Dale, famous for its Lime Kilns and finally through into Chee Dale. Situated in the heart of the countryside and far away from any traffic and noise, the peace and tranquillity prevail.

Put your jobs on hold, put the tools down and get everyone out to explore this English delight.

See the video below capturing this experience from the Peak District Online