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The High Peak Trail
The High Peak trail today runs for over 17½ miles from High Peak Junction, near Cromford, to Dowlow, 6 miles south of Buxton. At Parsley Hay it is joined from the south by the Tissington trail. Both trails are ideally suited for casual cycling or mountain biking.
The High Peak trail was formerly the track of the Cromford and High Peak railway line. It was one of the earliest railways, and the line was originally constructed to link the Cromford Canal to the Peak Forest Canal, it climbed from the Derwent south of Cromford, to the summit at Ladmanlow, descending to the Goyt valley west of Buxton. The first section from Cromford to Hurdlow was in use by May 1830. The last section to Whaley Bridge was opened on July 6th 1831. The total length of the line was just over 33 miles. The line finally closed in Spring 1967, after giving 137 years of service. (Well done Dr. Beeching!)
Today, you can walk, cycle or ride a horse all year round on this wonderful traffic free trail. You will enjoy fantastic scenic views through the limestone countryside of the White Peak. Visiting in Spring and Summer will reward you with the sight of endless wild flowers and the butterflies which depend upon them.
The trail is mostly flat, apart from three steeper sections from High Peak Junction to just past Hopton Tunnel. Refreshments are available at High Peak Junction, Middleton Top and Parsley Hay. Cycle hire is available at Parsley Hay and Middleton Top.
Millie on the High Peak trail. (Not posing really)
High Peak Trail Map
Cycle Route number 54
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