Geo-Trips :: Monsal Trail

Peak District

A cycle ride from Blackwell Mill, Thu, 5 Jul 2018 by Gareth James

A look along, and just beside, the 8.5-mile Monsal Trail in the Peak District. This cycle- and footpath follows the route of a former railway line, and now includes passage through the six tunnels on this section of the route, as well as various bridges and viaducts.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SK1172 : Disused railway viaduct near Wye Dale by Gareth James
Disused railway viaduct near Wye Dale
The viaduct, immediately west of the start of the Monsal Trail, is closed to the public.

SK1172 : Monsal Trail: cutting and bridge near Chee Dale by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: cutting and bridge near Chee Dale

SK1172 : Former railway viaduct near Topley Pike by Gareth James
Former railway viaduct near Topley Pike
Chee Dale viaduct lies just to the north of the Monsal trail and immediately west... more

SK1172 : Monsal Trail: viaduct near Rusher Cutting by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: viaduct near Rusher Cutting

SK1272 : Monsal Trail: western portal of Rusher Cutting Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: western portal of Rusher Cutting Tunnel

SK1272 : Monsal Trail: approach to eastern portal of Rusher Cutting Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: approach to eastern portal of Rusher Cutting Tunnel

SK1273 : Monsal Trail: western portal of Chee Tor No. 2 Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: western portal of Chee Tor No. 2 Tunnel

SK1273 : Monsal Trail: western portal of Chee Tor No. 1 Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: western portal of Chee Tor No. 1 Tunnel

SK1273 : Monsal Trail: between the Chee Tor Tunnels by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: between the Chee Tor Tunnels
Looking west from Chee Tor No. 1 Tunnel across the viaduct to No. 2 Tunnel.

SK1273 : Monsal Trail: approach to eastern portal of Chee Tor No. 1 Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: approach to eastern portal of Chee Tor No. 1 Tunnel

SK1373 : Monsal Trail: atop the viaduct to the west of Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: atop the viaduct to the west of Miller's Dale

SK1373 : Monsal Trail: former lime kilns near Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: former lime kilns near Miller's Dale
The kilns of the former East Buxton Lime Works still exist next to the Monsal Trail.

SK1373 : Monsal Trail: former lime kilns near Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: former lime kilns near Miller's Dale
The former East Buxton Lime Works' kilns, situated beside the Monsal Trail just... more

SK1373 : Top of lime kilns near Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Top of lime kilns near Miller's Dale
A path from the Monsal Trail leads to the top of the former East Buxton Lime Works' kilns.

SK1373 : Monsal Trail: view from Lime Kilns near Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: view from Lime Kilns near Miller's Dale
View east and down on to the Monsal Trail, from the top of the former lime kilns... more

SK1373 : Monsal Trail: disused platforms at MIller's Dale station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: disused platforms at MIller's Dale station

SK1373 : Monsal Trail: station buildings at Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: station buildings at Miller's Dale

SK1373 : Disused rail-over-road bridge at Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Disused rail-over-road bridge at Miller's Dale
Miller's Dale had two sets of rail bridges: this one is disused, the other now... more

SK1373 : Monsal Trail: Miller's Dale viaducts by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: Miller's Dale viaducts

SK1473 : Monsal Trail: cutting east of Miller's Dale by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: cutting east of Miller's Dale

SK1572 : Monsal Trail: west of Litton Mill by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: west of Litton Mill

SK1572 : Monsal Trail near Litton Mill by Gareth James
Monsal Trail near Litton Mill

SK1672 : Litton Mill from the Monsal Trail by Gareth James
Litton Mill from the Monsal Trail

SK1672 : Monsal Trail: western portal of Litton Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: western portal of Litton Tunnel

SK1672 : Monsal Trail: inside Litton Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: inside Litton Tunnel

SK1672 : Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Litton Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Litton Tunnel

SK1672 : Monsal Trail: cutting and eastern portal of Litton Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: cutting and eastern portal of Litton Tunnel

SK1672 : Monsal Trail: between Litton and Cressbrook Tunnels by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: between Litton and Cressbrook Tunnels

SK1772 : Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Cressbrook Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Cressbrook Tunnel

SK1772 : Stile near Cressbrook Mill by Gareth James
Stile near Cressbrook Mill
Stile beside the Monsal Trail, giving access to a path over the hill as an... more

SK1772 : Monsal Trail: site of Monsaldale Station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: site of Monsaldale Station

SK1771 : Monsal Trail: derelict building near Monsaldale Station site by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: derelict building near Monsaldale Station site

SK1771 : Monsal Trail: overbridge near Monsaldale Station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge near Monsaldale Station

SK1871 : View SW from Headstone Viaduct by Gareth James
View SW from Headstone Viaduct
View from the Monsal Trail as it crosses Monsaldale.

SK1871 : View NW from Headstone Viaduct by Gareth James
View NW from Headstone Viaduct
The Monsal Trail now crosses the viaduct.

SK1871 : Monsal Trail: western portal of Headstone Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: western portal of Headstone Tunnel

SK1871 : Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Headstone Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Headstone Tunnel

SK1871 : Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Headstone Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: eastern portal of Headstone Tunnel

SK1971 : Monsal Trail: overbridge east of Headstone Tunnel by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge east of Headstone Tunnel

SK1971 : Monsal Trail: overbridge west of Great Longstone station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge west of Great Longstone station

SK1971 : Monsal Trail: site of Great Longstone station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: site of Great Longstone station

SK1971 : Monsal Trail: remains of Great Longstone station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: remains of Great Longstone station

SK1971 : Monsal Trail: overbridge east of Great Longstone by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge east of Great Longstone

SK2071 : Road junction near Great Longstone by Gareth James
Road junction near Great Longstone
View to the north of the Monsal Trail, from a former railway underbrige.

SK2070 : Monsal Trail: overbridge near Rowdale House by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge near Rowdale House

SK2170 : Monsal Trail: site of Hassop station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: site of Hassop station

SK2169 : Monsal Trail: overbridge south of Hassop station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge south of Hassop station
The bridge carries the A619 road.

SK2269 : Monsal Trail north of Bakewell by Gareth James
Monsal Trail north of Bakewell

SK2268 : Monsal Trail: remains of Bakewell station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: remains of Bakewell station

SK2268 : Monsal Trail: overbridge at Bakewell station site by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge at Bakewell station site

SK2268 : Monsal Trail: overbridge south of Bakewell station by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: overbridge south of Bakewell station

SK2368 : Monsal Trail: north from Coombs Road by Gareth James
Monsal Trail: north from Coombs Road

SK2367 : Coombs Road viaduct by Gareth James
Coombs Road viaduct
The viaduct once carried the railway line, but is now disused. The trackbed to the... more

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