Monsal Trail and Tunnels

A disused railway converted to a track for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and less active people, including those in wheelchairs. It runs for 8.5 miles between Topley Pike, near Buxton, and Coombs viaduct, a mile south-east of Bakewell

Car parks are provided at former stations at Bakewell and Millers Dale, both of which give level access onto the trail.

The section from Bakewell to Little Longstone is suitable for cyclists and horse riders.

The Monsal Trail tunnels offer one of the most spectacular leisure routes in Britain for cycling, walking and horse riding.

A disused railway converted to a track for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and less active people, including those in wheelchairs. It runs for 8.5 miles between Topley Pike, near Buxton, and Coombs viaduct, a mile south-east of Bakewell

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

Following work by the Peak District National Park Authority – using £2.25 million funding from the Department of Transport – the tunnels have been repaired, resurfaced and lit to form an extension to the existing Monsal Trail.

Interpretation explaining the former history of the route has also been installed.

Lighting the way

Four of the longer tunnels are lit during daylight hours, dawn to dusk, to make them safe to use. They are operated by a light sensor, so in winter when the hours of daylight are less, the lights in the tunnels will switch off earlier in the day - around 4.30pm. If you are using the trail in the afternoon you are advised to take a torch or have bike lights in case you get caught out. If the lights go off because of a power failure there is a two hour emergency back up in place.