The Monsal Trail
The Monsal Trail is about 8.5 miles (13.7 km) in length and opened in 1981. It starts at the Topley Pike junction (in Wye Dale, 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Buxton) and runs to Coombs viaduct, 1 mile (1.6 km) south-east of Bakewell. It follows the valley of the River Wye and runs parallel to the A6 road.
It follows a section of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, built by the Midland Railway in 1863 to link Manchester with London. The line was closed in 1968 by the Labour Minister for Transport Barbara Castle, not as it is often thought by the Beeching Axe, and remained unused for twelve years before being taken over by the Peak District National Park.
The Monsal Trail is fantastic for adults and children alike to stroll along (or under pedal power for the more energetic) and take in the spectacular views . Hassop Station is now a thriving café, gift shop, book shop and place to hire bicycles. (01629 810588)