Monday 22 April 2019

The Monsal Trail

We spent a lovely few days in Derbyshire at the start of the Easter holidays. The weather was glorious and we did lots of walking and cycling. We were staying close to the Monsal Trail which is a cycling/walking route along the former Midland Railway line. The trail is 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, Chee Dale and Coombs Road at Bakewell.

The route takes you through the original railway tunnels and it is a really spectacular ride, the scenery is beautiful and the tunnels add to the fun.

As it is a disused railway line it is relatively flat so is perfect for children and there were plenty on the trail on the day we went. I do suspect that in the height of the season it does get very busy, we went mid week and there were lots of people walking and cycling.

There are a number of information boards dotted along the route which were interesting to read and told you a little of the history of the route.

When we reached Bakewell we rode into the town to find a nice spot to have lunch and also take the opportunity to try one of the famous Bakewell puddings! We found a nice bench by the river and sat watching the ducks whilst we ate our picnic.

On the way back we stopped for a well deserved ice cream before tackling the steep climb back up to the main road and our caravan site.

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