Bakewell and the Monsal Trail
How to get there: Bakewell is located on the A6, between Buxton to the north, and Matlock to the south.
Grid Reference: SK 222 689
Nearest Postcode: DE45 1GE
Parking: Monsal Trail car park, located off Station Road.
Map with thanks to Ordnance Survey.
1 From the Monsal Trail car park, follow the signs onto the Monsal Trail, heading left towards Hassop. The Monsal Trail itself is a former railway line which was closed down in the 1960s and eventually converted into being a recreational route. Watch out for horses and cyclists here, particularly regarding your dog.
2 Follow on this route, and you will pass beneath a bridge. You will arrive at Hassop station just before reaching the second railway bridge.
3 Continue from Hassop, taking the route off to the left. Pass through the gate to head up the track. As you reach the top of the hill, you will gain good views of the White Peak. Head on through a double gate to continue along the track. Head through another gate, onto a grass path, before passing through a further gate to begin the descent into Bakewell.
4 After passing through another gate, the path leads into a small wood and continues down into the town. Make sure your dog is on a lead at this point, as you will be reaching a road. Cross over the road and head across Holme Bridge.
5 Take a left upon reaching the main road. Follow the road beyond the fire station and into the town. Head on through the centre of Bakewell itself, crossing over the river on the bridge.
6 At the far side of the river, take the first road to your right. You will climb up a hill and head around the top to bring you back to the car park.