A short break or weekend in the autumn is perfect for getting out in the countryside and being active. In the Peak District there are plenty of walks and cycle routes (some traffic free) that are ideal at this time of year.
Our favourite has to be The Monsal Trail, a stretch of traffic free walking or cycling that runs from Bakewell, via the stunning Monsal Head viaduct to a couple of miles outside of Buxton. It is about 8 miles long in both directions and there are three tunnels along the route to provide a reminder of our railway heritage. All the tunnels are open to the public as part of the trail.
The Monsal Trail is suitable for all ages and all abilities. For young children and families pick a stretch of the trail around Hassop Station so that you can enjoy the flat walks or hire cycles which come in all sizes. At Hassop Station there's plenty of parking, cycle hire (including electric bikes), a cafe, restaurant, shop, bookshop and outdoor seating.
For groups of friends we suggest a trip both ways with bikes or on foot at least half the trail is possible or more. There are also plenty of walks leading off the trail if you want to extend the walk. For keen cyclists and moutain bikers it is possible to use the trail to link up to other tracks and routes and enjoy a full day out.
For walks with dogs The Monsal Trail is ideal for off the lead walks, but do bear in mind that at popular times of the year it can be busy with cyclists so you do need to keep an eye on your dog.
For those who are older or mobility impaired we suggest joining the Trail at Miller's Dale, where there is parking and flat, level access onto the Trail in both directions.
If you want to get out and about and get active in the Peak District this autumn, why not try The Monsal Trail? Our holiday cottage, Riverside House is only a stone's throw from the Monsal Trail too!