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Rails Through The Peaks 3 - Bakewell to Buxton

Distance: 13.5 miles
Price: £30.00 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 walk begins at the main southern access point of the Monsal Trail at the former Bakewell Station. Following the Trail northwards, it looks at the history of each of the former stations along the Trail, plus other points of interest such as the picturesque Headstone Viaduct in Monsal Dale. Reaching the Trail's northernmost point at Blackwell Mill, it then continues on for the final four miles into the spa town of Buxton. As the modern railway still occupies the trackbed along this section of route, the walk uses footpaths and roads to follow the route of the railway as closely as possible to reach the finish point at the remains of the former Midland Railway station in Buxton.

With good parking at the southern end of the Trail, and an easy return from Buxton by bus, this walk makes a great day out for those looking for interesting things to do in and around Bakewell, Buxton and the Peak District.

Duration (approx):
5 - 7 hours (including lunch).
Start point:
The former Bakewell Railway Station,
Station Road,
Start time:
9:30am* (Monday - Saturday).
10:30am* (Sundays and Bank Holidays).
End point:
Opposite Buxton Railway Station,
Station Road
Dates available:
June 2nd.
July 21st.
August 25th.
September 22nd.
October 20th.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability and Coronavirus restrictions).
(* = As your guide will be arriving by the "Transpeak" bus service, the actual start time may be slightly delayed if the buses are running late.)

When is this walk available?

This walk is available between April 12th and the end of October. Scheduled walks take place approximately once per month, and it may be booked privately at other times via a Personal Walking Guide.

Is this walk Covid-secure?

Derbyshire Heritage Walks has been awarded the Visit England "We're Good To Go" mark. This means that we fully comply with the current government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and are subject to random checks to make sure that we are complying. 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.


The following prices apply for this walk:

(Included in overall price)
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(Up to 8 people in group)
£30.00 per person
£5.00 per person

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

Personal Walking Guide bookings are available for this walk at a cost of £100.00 per group for groups of up to 10 people, or £150.00 per group for groups of 11 or more.

Travel to and from the walk.

In normal times, this walk is easily accessible by public transport from Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Manchester. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the advice to avoid the use of public transport where possible, we currently recommend that you get a family member or friend from your permitted "bubble" to drop you off and pick you up if possible.

There is a car park at the beginning of the walk at Bakewell Station, which can be used as a drop-off point, and there is a similar car park at the end of the walk which can be used as a pick-up point.

Are there any disabled access issues?

Unfortunately, there are a few issues regarding wheelchair access on this walk as there is no easy wheelchair access off the Trail at Blackwell Mill. Also, the route onwards from Blackwell Mill to Buxton is unsuitable for wheelchairs and those of limited mobility as it is cross-country, involves a few steep climbs, and also a number of stiles. For this reason, if you are looking for a wheelchair-friendly walk on the Monsal Trail, we usually recommend our shorter Miller's Dale to Bakewell walk, which has level access onto the Trail at either end.

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 and the fact the the later part of the walk crosses farm fields containing livestock, 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.


Ordinarily, we use PayPal buttons to handle booking and payment for all of our walks. However, due to the current situation, we have suspended that system, and so now if you wish to book a walk, you need to e-mail us with the details of the walk and date that you wish to book. We will then send you a PayPal invoice, which you can pay either using a PayPal account or, if you don't have access to one of those, you can pay using any debit or credit card. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

Bookings for scheduled 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 you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

Latest Booking News

  • Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, places on each walk taking place before May 17th are limited to a maximum of five people, who MUST all be from the same household.
  • Bookings are open for all dates listed, and close at 11:30am two days prior to the date of the walk.
  • We are now accepting Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk for 2021. Personal Walking Guide bookings may be made for Mondays, some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, some Thursdays, most Fridays and Saturdays and some Sundays between April 12th and the end of October 2021.

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