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Millers Dale to Bakewell along the Monsal Trail



Introduction

  • Distance Aproximately 6 to 7 miles
  • Aproximately 2- 3 hours walk
  • Refreshments Available en Route



For tickets that may help you get here see.

Travel pass UK.Travel pass everywhere in Great Britain.

Two tickets that are valid to Hope and Edale are
Derbyshire Wayfarer
Manchester Wayfarer
One of these may or may not be the best way of getting here for you.



This is a very easy to follow and on the whole flat walk. Most of the route follows the trackbed of what used to be part of the midland mainline route from London St Pancras to Manchester through the spectacular limestone dales of the Derbyshire peak district. The railway shut in 1968 thanks to Doctor Beeching.
To see where this railway finally emerges on the modern passenger network at Chinley as it heads towards Manchester see my
train ride from Sheffield to Manchester stopping style
To see where this line leaves the Main London to Sheffield line at Ambergate junction as the now branch line to Matlock see my
bus ride from Derby to Manchester
To see a picture of Manchester Central the Manchester terminus of this line it is now the Gmex centre see my
train ride from Manchester to Chester

To get some idea what this railway may have been like today if it had stayed open visit my Train ride from Leeds to Carlisle this uses the Settle to Carlisle line the Midlands route from London St Pancras to Scotland passing through the beautiful scenery of the North Pennines. Some of the structures and works along the route bear a striking resemblance to those found on the Monsal trail.

From Sheffield take the bus to Millers Dale this is currently the number 65 Sheffield to Buxton bus as of May 2012 visit Traveline for details. Also for a detailed and and pictorial description of this route visit A scenic bus ride from Sheffield to Buxton on my sister site the Last Bus Stop.
Alight from the bus at Millers dale just after you have passed under the big viaduct.

To see a pdf copy of the current 65 bus timetable click on the image or link below

tm travel service 65 Sheffield Whirlow Fox House calver slough Stoney Middleton Eyam Foolow Great Hucklow Tideswell Litton Millers Dale King Sterndale Buxton bus timetable

Click here to download the current Sheffield, Fox House, Grindleford, Stoney Middleton, Eyam, Tideswell, Litton, Millers Dale, Buxton, timetable in pdf format

Please note download was correct on the date shown on timetable if in doubt visit
Traveline
An explanation of pdf files Allow me to explain


The bus stop at Millers Dale


Bus stop at Millers Dale


Cross over the road and walk up the lane take the first path on the left and go up the steps up the hillside.


The bus stop at Millers Dale


First sight of the Monsal trail just before Millers Dale station


This will bring you out onto the Monsal trail turn right amd you will come to the site of the Millers Dale Station this was once the Junction station for the Buxton branch.


 Millers Dale Station


Millers Dale Station





Millers Dale station front


Millers Dale station front





 A train passes through Millers Dale station  in 1952


A Manchester to London St Pancras Express passes through Millers Dale station in 1952 note the 2 large viaducts.


From the old station follow the Monsal trail across the old viaduct Bakewell is clearly signed and the way ahead is obvious following the old trackbed so just enjoy the photos making a wrong turn is almost impossible. You are now on the walking equivalent to a motoway.


 The way ahead over the used viaduct at Millers dale


The way ahead over the used viaduct at Millers dale.
To see a very unusual view of the underneath of this viaduct visit A scenic bus ride from Sheffield to Buxton. Part 2 Tideswell to Buxton. on my sister site the Last Bus Stop.




 Looking back towards Millers dale on the disused viaduct


Looking back towards Millers Dale on the disused viaduct on which the train was seen in the earlier shot.





An unusual sight a long defunct telegraph pole just after the viaduct


An unusual sight a long since defunct telegraph pole grom a bygone age just after the viaduct hard to believe this was once state of the art communication. At least in those days there was no signal to worry about.





Cutting


The first of many cuttings.





View across the valley from the old trackbed.


View across the valley from the old trackbed





Another view from the trackbed near Litton


Another view from the trackbed near Litton .





Litton mill.


View over Litton mill.





Litton Tunnel.


The approach to Litton tunnel.


As I commented you are on the motorway of walking this path goes straight through the hills rather than having to walk over them or round them.Having said that if you follow the old route of the Monsal trail before the tunnels were opened up to the public it is an attractive walk.

As you enter the tunnel you enter a different world the air becomes cooler and the whole atmosphere changes.


Inside Litton tunnel.


The way forward thtough Litton tunnel.





The author inside Litton tunnel.


The aurhor inside Litton tunnel.





me in manhole


The author in a manhole pherhaps I thought a train eas comeing, the light plays funny. tricks.





A drivers view leaving Litton tunnel


A view once reserved for train drivers only at one time leaving Litton tunnel.





And just round the corner Cressbrook tunnel.


And just round the corner Cressbrook tunnel.


View across Cressbrookdale .


View over Cressbroodkdale between the two tunnels hard to believe until 1968 you could have seen this view and some of the others out of window of a London bound express.



Cressbrook tunnel






Cressbrook Tunnel


These 2 pictures just give some idea about how spectacular this part of the walk is and how the victorian railway builders carved the railway into the hillside.


Entering Cressbrook tunnel


Entering. Cressbrook tunnel.


Cressbrook mill


Looking back at Cressbrook mill once you leave the tunnel.





Monsal Dale staition


Monsal Dale station.





Bridge over the lane leading up to Monsal Dale staition


Bridge over the lane leading up to Monsal Dale staition .





Hut


Workmans hut at Monsal Dale.





Railway cutting


Cutting in Monsal Dale.





 View across Monsal Dale from. the. trackbed.


View across Monsal Dale from the trackbed.





Looking across. the Monsal viaduct towards Headstone tunnel.


Looking across the Monsal viaduct towards Headstone tunnel.





A train crosses  the Monsal viaduct in the 1920's


A train crosses the Monsal viaduct in the 1920's.





View from the Monsal viaduct.


View from the Monsal Viaduct.


At this point just at the end of the viaduct at the mouth of the tunnel you may take the path on your left and follow it up the hill to Monsal Head where there is a pub, cafe and often ice cream vans. This is a popular spot with tourists, walkers, bikers etc. This is a short but steep walk. The view alone makes it well worth while .


View of the Monsal viaduct from Monsal Head.


One of the most famous views in the Derbyshire Peak District view of the Monsal Viaduct from Monsal Head.







The Monsal Head Hotel.


The Monsal Head Hotel.







 Monsal Head.


View from the Stables bar.


When you are ready follow the same path you came on back to the trail. You are now about halfway along the walk. Take a left and head into Headstone tunnel.


Headstone Tunnel.


Headstone Tunnel.


 Inside Headstone Tunnel.


Inside Headstone Tunnel.

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Exiting Headstone Tunnel.


Leaving Headstone Tunnel.







Heading towards Great Longstoe.


The route after Headsone tunnel. While the scenery is still pleasent it becones far less dramatic.







Great Longstone station


The old Longstone for Ashford station.







 The route on towards Hassop.


The route on towards Hassop.







The landcape is still attractive


The landcape is still attractive near Hassop.







Crossing the Ashford In The Water to Hassop road.


Crossing the Ashford In The Water to Hassop road.







Hassop staition.


Hassop Station, there is a cafe, bookshop and cycle hire available here.






HPassing under the main Baslow to Bakewell road on the outskirts of Bakewell.


Passing under the main Baslow to Bakewell road on the outskirts of Bakewell.







View from the trackbed near Bakewell.


View from the trackbed near Bakewell







Bakewell station 2012.


Bakewell station 2012.







Bakewell station in the early 1960's.


Bakewell station in the early 1960's.







Bakewell station as it was.


Bakewell station as it was.







Bakewell station front.


Bakewell station front.







Liverpool and Manchester to London timerable 1922


Interestingly if you had made the journey by train from Millers Dale to Bakewell it would have taken 15 to just over 20 minutes see above timetable from 1922. The part of the timetable that shows this is within the green box.




Once at the Station turn right and past the front of station to the road turn right and down the hill when the main road is reached turn left accross the bridge into the centre of Bakewell. From here there are busses back to Sheffield and various other places visit Traveline for details.


To see a pdf timetable for buses back to Sheffield click on the image or link below

Download the tm travel 218 Sheffield Abbeydale Millhouses Beauchief Totley Owler Bar Baslow timetable bus times

Download the current 218 215 Sheffield Baslow Bakewell Chatsworth House Matlock timetable in pdf format

Please note this timetable also includes the 215 which runs to Bakewell on Sundays and in the evenings when the 218 does not run

There are also buses to Derby Buxton Stocport and Manchester from Bakewell see the pdf timetable below for details.

download the current Transpeak Derby Duffield Belper Ambergate cromford  Matlock Bath Matlock Rowsley  Bakewell Ashford in the Water Buxton Dove Holes Stockport Manchester
 times

Click here to download the current Transpeak Derby Duffield Belper Matlock Bath Matlock Bakewell Buxton Dove Holes Stockport Manchester bus times

There is also the Sixes to Derby in addition to Transpeak
visit
Traveline
for details.

Please note downloads were correct on the date shown on timetable if in doubt visit
Traveline
An explanation of pdf files

There are pubs, cafes and chip shops availiable here if you are in need of refreshments.

Bakewell is also on my
bus ride from Sheffield to Bakewell
my
bus ride from Derby to Manchester
and my
journey from Sheffield to Sheffield via Chesterfield, Nottingham, Manchester, and Huddersfield


Bakewel.


Bakewell the junction with the main road.







The bridge over the river Wye at Bakewell


The bridge over the river Wye at Bakewell.







The river Wye at Bakewell.


The river Wye at Bakewell.


Spending any time in Bakewell why not visit

Ruralthreads Menswear clothing shop Bakewell








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