Monsal Trail

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Monsal Trail

Distance: 6.0km
Elevation: 48m
Time: 1.5-2h

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The Monsal Trail is a renowned cycle and walking route that follows a section of the old Manchester – London railway built in 1863. It is 13.7km total in length, stretching from Buxton to Bakewell, but this hike is a select section of that.

Getting there

From Bakewell, turn off the A6 onto Baslow Road. Cross the River Wye and take an immediate right onto Coombs Road (a narrow country lane). Follow to the end where you can park by the trail head.


When to do

All Year

Backcountry Campsites

Yes. Mandale Campsite OR Greenhills Holiday Park


At Hassop AND the Old Bakewell Station (on route)

Family friendly


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Route Type

Out and back


Detailed Description

To avoid tourist crowds, I chose to start this hike at the Monsal Trail End on the edge of Bakewell. From here you can view one of the original railway viaducts.

Just before the Coombs Viaduct ascend a series of shorts steps or the cycle slipway to your left up onto the Monsal Trail. The route is flat and very well defined suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs and bicycles.

Follow the trail north for 3.0km. There are beautiful views of Bakewell near the beginning to your left.

After a scenic amble you will eventually reach the Hassop Station Cafe and Shop that sits just off the trail. There is a small playground for Children here as well as bicycle hire.

You can take a break here (recommended) before turning around and following the trail back to the Monsal Trail End.

Insider Hints

  • If you have very small children consider starting the hike from Hassop Station instead. Although further from Bakewell, there are plenty of amenities near Hassop Station, and the trail is extremely easy to access.

  • Before you start, pick up some tasty signature Bakewell Puddings from the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop in the centre of the Village.

  • You can extend the hike as far along the Monsal trail as you wish. Monsal Dale from Monsal Head is a worthwhile viewpoint although it can get very crowded on weekends and holidays.


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