Released: May 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 216 x 136mm
Author: Louise Maskill & Mark Titterton
This selection of 8 circular walks based around the Monsal Trail will help you enjoy some of the most wonderful scenery that the Peak District has to offer.
There is introductory text to the area surrounding each walk, clear route instructions and mapping based on Ordnance Survey maps to help you on your way. Complete all 8 walks and you will have 'done' the Monsal Trail!
Walk 1 - Bakewell Station and the Chatsworth Estate
Walk 2 - Bakewell Station, Haddon Hall and Lathkill Dale
Walk 3 - Hassop Station, Ashford in the Water and Bakewell
Walk 4 - Monsal Head, Little Longstone and Great Longstone
Walk 5 - Monsal Head and Monsal Dale
Walk 6 - Tideswell Dale, Miller’s Dale and Priestcliffe Lees
Walk 7- Tideswell, Monk’s Dale and Tideswell Dale
Walk 8 - Wyedale, Monk’s Dale and the Chee Tor tunnels
Welcome to the Monsal Trail. The walks in this book will guide you along the length of the trail and around many of the surrounding footpaths and bridleways, exploring the area and introducing you to some of the Peak District’s most beautiful, tranquil and historic limestone dales.
The Monsal Trail follows an 8.5-mile section of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, opened by the Midland Railway in 1863 to link Manchester with London. The line was closed in 1968 and remained derelict for a number of years before being taken over by the Peak District National Park and reopened as a walking route. The recent renovation of the Chee Tor tunnels means that the entire stretch of track is now accessible on foot, by bicycle, wheelchair and pushchair.
Perhaps the most spectacular stretch of the trail is where it crosses the Headstone Viaduct at Monsal Head, but there are equally impressive views at places like Water-cum-Jolly Dale, and the four lit tunnels which have an atmosphere all their own. The trail is easily accessible from Bakewell Station at the south end and Wyedale at the north, as well as from various points along its length. It passes through places such as Hassop, Great Longstone, Monsal Dale, Cressbrook and Litton, and runs close by Haddon Hall and Chatsworth, two of the most
beautiful and historic stately homes in England.
Of course, the weather in the Peaks can be changeable and you are advised to take sensible precautions with clothing and footwear. The walks in this book vary in length and difficulty, with location, parking information and detailed notes provided for each walk. Whether you do them all or pick and choose to suit your ability and the weather, this book will provide a detailed and intimate guide to one of the most fascinating and beautiful areas of Derbyshire.