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The Monsal Trail and Tunnels

The Monsal Trail tunnels in the Peak District National Park are open for cycling, walking and horse riding offering one of the most spectacular leisure cycle, cycling and walking routes in Britain.

It is the first time the public have been able to go through the tunnels on The Monsal Trail since the former Midland Railway Line closed in 1968. 

Exciting news for guests at Riverside House holiday cottage as the four former railway tunnels on the Monsal Trail have been reopened.  Bikers and walkers can now follow the original railway line route from Chee Dale (outside Buxton) to Bakewell. Cycle Derbyshire on this Peak District cycle trail.

The cycle and walking trail runs right behind Riverside House (it’s just a short but steep push from the back of Riverside House to access the Monsal Trail).  Guests can store their bikes securely in the garage and we also supply puncture repair kits and a hose for cleaning bikes.

There is bike hire (including a new electric bike hire scheme) at Hassop Station as well as a café, gift shop, bookshop.  There's plenty of parking too at Blackwell Mill as well as cycle hire and a cafe.  Millers Dale station, a short 3 minute drive from Riverside House, also has parking, direct access to the Monsal Trail cycle route and a mobile café.

The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route suitable for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users. It runs through some of the Peak District’s loveliest limestone dales for a length of 8.5 miles.  There are four tunnels about 400m long and these will be lit during normal daylight hours.

Things to do and see along the Monsal Trail include: wildlife, geology, industrial and rail heritage, Monsal Viaduct, Cressbrook Mill, Litton Mill and the lime kilns at Millers Dale.  There are various information signs along the route and a leaflet from the Peak District National Park Authority.

And if you've enjoyed the Monsal Trail, why not go a little further afield and try the Tissington Trail or the High Peak Trail?

See our Monsal Trail map below - Riverside House self catering holiday cottage is ideally located for Peak cycle tours, walking in Derbyshire, cycling in Derbyshire, Peak District bike rides and Peak District cycle trails.

Monsal Trail Map

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Riverside House holiday cottage, Peak District

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