The Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail was previously a railway track that linked Buxton and Bakewell (8 miles). It passes through a tunnel within the hillside on the opposite side of the valley to the cottages. It is possible to hire bikes from either end of it or to access the trail easily close by the cottages via the footbridges of Cressbrook Mill (currently closed for repairs) or the more bike-friendly bridge in Upperdale - see map. Its a very lovely walk or ride and also a convenient way to access the eating and drinking venues of Longstone and Bakewell.