Starting in the beautiful Derbyshire town of Bakewell, the Monsal Trail is free, easily accessible, safe and fun for the whole family.
Places To Go In Derbyshire | THE MONSAL TRAIL
The Peak District Guide - Updated 18.01.23
The Monsal Trail
The Monsal Trail is a great idea for a family day out in the Peak District. The Monsal Trail has cafes, cycle hire, walks, parking, plenty of sitting areas and toilets at the few food areas dotted along the trail. Starting in the beautiful Derbyshire town of Bakewell, the Monsal Trail is free, easily accessible, safe and fun for the whole family. The trail has a mostly smooth surface which is suitable for push-chairs with larger wheels, smaller wheels may struggle.
The trail is a national cycle path and the cyclists tend to be reluctant to slow down, particularly on busy days so be aware! Dogs do seem to be welcome though the cyclists once again appear to disapprove so please bring a lead with you. It is advisable to bring appropriate footwear as the trail can be muddy and rough under foot in some places. Overall a great day out for the kids and the adults alike. The trail is particularly lovely in spring and summer!
The Monsal Trail is rather scarce on places to eat or buy a coffee. In fact the sole place you and the family can do this is at Hassop Station. Located not far from the Bakewell end of the trail, Hassop Station serves food, gifts, ice cream, soft drinks and is located next to a cycle hire facility. The service leaves much to be desired although there are plenty of places to sit. The car parking is good and you can always find a place to park in the large car park.
Bakewell in the Derbyshire Peak District.
At the old stations and cafes only. Some parking in Bakewell but there is a walk to get to the trail this way. Better off parking at Hassop Station or Millers Dale.
For the Kids
The Monsal Trail is an open walkway so the kids and dogs can run around quite freely. Be careful of cyclists however who are loathe to slow down. There are also kids meals and ice creams at the various cafes. There are no playgrounds.
At the old stations and cafes only.