Our guide to the best walks and cycle routes in the Peaks
Our location at the gateway to the Peak District means that we have unparalleled access to some of the best treks and trails in the area. And with bikes available for hire from our Coach House wellness centre, it couldn’t be easier to get out and hit the tracks. Whether you’re new to the area or a seasoned visitor, we’ve put together a list of our favourite routes across the Peaks to help you get started.
When the London and North Western Railway between Buxton and Ashbourne closed in 1971, the Peak District National Park bought the route and converted it into a dedicated trail for both cyclists and walkers. Running for 13 miles from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay, you can even see the old station platforms as you stroll or cycle along this tranquil traffic-free trail.
Popular with walkers, cyclists and even horse riders, this accessible path takes you along the former Midland Railway line between Chee Dale and Bakewell. Running through breathtaking limestone dales, as well as six disused railway tunnels, the Monsal Trail is even accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.
High Peak Trail
Another former train line purchased in 1971, this 17-mile route runs from Dowlow to Cromford. Be sure to pack a picnic and stop off at Black Rocks for lunch, or simply snap those all-important pictures before heading back for a well-deserved afternoon tea in the Garden Room.
Tour de Peak District
If you’re a keen cyclist looking to push yourself a little further, then why not explore the Peaks on the Tour de Peak District? Roughly following the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, we recommend this route for anyone with reasonable cycling experience - it’s certainly not for the faint of heart…