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Rails Through The Peaks 2 - Miller's Dale to Bakewell

Distance: 6.4 miles
Price: £15.00 per person

(Group & family rates available)

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Headstone Viaduct, Monsal Dale

Winding its way through the heart of the Peak District National Park, the Monsal Trail follows the route of the former Midland Railway main line linking London, Derby and Manchester. Built in the 1860s through spectacular terrain, the line moved noted Victorian railway author F.S. Williams to write:

"The scenery through which we now have to pass, and the engineering works by which the journey is accomplished, must be seen to be appreciated - they cannot be described at length."

As a result of the cuts in the network first initiated by the infamous Dr Richard Beeching, the line lost all of its local services in June 1967, and then closed completely north of Matlock in July 1968. In the early 1980s, a section of the former trackbed was used to create the Monsal Trail, which is now one of the most popular walking and cycling routes in the Peak District.

This is our most popular Monsal Trail walk, and begins at the site of the old Miller's Dale Station, one of the major interchange stations on the line where passengers from Buxton would change onto express services for London. It then follows the Trail southwards, stopping to look at the history of each of the former stations along the Trail, plus other points of interest such as the picturesque Headstone Viaduct. The walk finishes at the site of the old Bakewell Station, from where it is just a short walk down into the town, where you can sample one of the town's famous Puddings.

Duration (approx):
3 to 4 hours.
Start point:
Miller's Dale Station,
Miller's Dale,
Start time:
End point:
The former Bakewell Railway Station,
Station Road,
Dates available:
Available year-round as an open walk on a date of your choosing on Mondays, some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, some Thursdays, Fridays, most Saturdays and some Sundays.

Scheduled walks available on the following dates:
June 2nd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, 26th, 30th.
July 3rd, 14th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 26th, 29th, 31st.
August 7th, 9th, 12th, 17th, 21st, 23rd, 26th, 28th, 31st.
September 4th, 8th, 13th, 18th, 21st, 25th, 29th.
October 2nd, 5th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 23rd, 27th, 30th.
November 2nd, 4th, 6th, 10th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 27th, 30th.
(Online pre-booking is essential for these walks.)

Private group bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability and Coronavirus restrictions).

When is this walk available?

This walk is available on a date of your choosing between early January and late December (weather permitting). Scheduled walks take place at least once per month, and more frequently in the winter months. If you wish to have the exclusive services of one of our guides, it is also available year-round as a private booking on a date of your choice via a Personal Walking Guide. For Personal Walking Guide bookings, we are usually able to offer a range of different start times.

All bookings are subject to the availability of a suitable guide - Please see our online calendar or e-mail us for availability of your chosen date.

Is this walk Covid-secure?

At Derbyshire Heritage Walks we follow all current government and industry guidelines, and all of our guides have been fully vaccinated. Therefore you can be confident that this walk is as Covid-secure as we can possibly make it. Details of how we do this can be found here.

Will we have the exclusive services of the guide?

All of our open and scheduled walks are open to all. If you book onto either of these types of walk, then there is a chance that there may well be other people on the walk with you. If you wish to have the exclusive services of the guide, you MUST book a Personal Walking Guide.


The following prices apply for this walk:

(Included in overall price)
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(Up to 8 people in group)
£15.00 per person
£3.00 per person
Personal Walking Guide
(Group of up to 10)
£60.00 per group
£15.00 per group
Personal Walking Guide
(Group of 11 or more)
£90.00 per group
£22.50 per group

Discounted family tickets also available, giving cheaper prices for groups including children aged 15 and under. Please e-mail us for details.

Travel to and from the walk.

This walk is easily accessible by public transport from Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Manchester. If driving yourself to the walk, we recommend that you park in Bakewell and use the "Transpeak" and number 65 bus services to reach the start point of the walk. This is due to the limited frequency of buses from Buxton to Miller's Dale.

Miller's Dale Station Car Park can be used as a drop-off point if someone is giving you a lift there, and there is a similar pick-up point at Bakewell Station at the far end of the walk.

Information on how to get to and from this walk can be found on our travel information page.

Are there any disabled access issues?

Normally, there are no issues with disabled access on this walk and it is fully suitable for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. Car drop-off and pick-up areas are available at both ends of the walk with level access onto and off the trail. If any of the tunnels have been closed for any reason, then the diversionary routes around them are not suitable for wheelchairs. However, such closures are very rare and usually notified well in advance unless the result of severe weather (very rare in the summer). If we are aware of any tunnel closures, we will notify you to give you the chance to change or cancel your booking.

Public transport users should be aware that there is a short steep climb up the road from the bus stop at Miller's Dale to the start point at the Station, but this is the only uphill section on the entire walk. As a result, self-propelled wheelchair users may need a helper to get up the slope from the bus stop to the start point. At the end of the walk, there is a long descent down a hill from the old station site to the centre of town and the bus stops, plus a narrow pavement on the old bridge over the river, which may both pose issues for wheelchair users and some wider mobility scooters. However, the issue with the narrow pavement can be easily avoided by using an alternative route across the river via the "Love Locks Bridge".

If you, or a person you are booking for, are a person of reduced mobility, please either contact us before booking or let us know when you book, so that we can make any necessary adjustments and send you any additional information you may need regarding access arrangements.

Is this walk suitable for dogs?

This is an ideal walk for dogs, if you think they can handle the rather long distance involved. If you would like to bring your dog with you, we do ask that you inform us at the time of booking. We also ask that, due to the large number of cyclists and horses using the Trail, you keep your dog under close control on a short non-extendible lead at all times and do not allow it to run free under any circumstances.


You can book places on any of our open or scheduled walks via the PayPal button below. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

If you wish to make a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk, please see our Personal Walking Guide booking page here.

Bookings for walks can be made at any time up to 48 hours before the intended date of your walk, or up to 72 hours beforehand for Personal Walking Guides. We regret that we cannot accept bookings made less than 48 hours prior to the planned start time of the walk (72 hours for Personal Walking Guide bookings).

Please ensure before booking that the date you require is not listed below and on our online calendar as unavailable or fully booked, and that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

Latest Booking News

  • Bookings are open for all scheduled dates listed, and close at 1:00pm two days prior to the date of the walk.
  • We are now accepting open walk and Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk for Mondays, some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, some Thursdays, Fridays, most Saturdays and some Sundays from March 1st to December 20th 2024.

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