Family Monsal TRail

The Blackwell end of the Monsal Trail showing the bridge where the route goes up the Pennine Bridleway

Monsal Dale, Brushfield, Hassop and Bakewell Figure of Eight MTB Route

This is a classic White Peak loop that can be ridden in sections or as a whole.
It’s a really varied route with greasy limestone singletrack, fast rocky byway descents, and includes the famous Bakewell golf course descent.

There’s a choice of three route options:
1) The full route (Eastern and Western loops) is roughly 35km with
around 915m of climbing
2) The western loop including Brushfield is 23km with one rocky descent
3) Beginners will love riding along the smooth, all weather Monsal Trail.

There are a several sections on the Monsal Trail which can be busy and are popular with families so take a bell, take it easy and sit back and enjoy the views. We’d recommend avoiding the busiest times
(weekends and Bank Holidays).

Also, it’s a great bad weather route as it’s not too exposed and is a hard wearing surface. The tunnels
are lit dawn ‘til dusk so if you head out later, take good lights as it’s dark in there!



Fuel stops and refreshments on route

Hassop Station, Hassop (next to the Monsal Trail)
Millers Dale Station, Millers Dale (next to the Monsal Trail)
Blackwell Cycle Hire (next to the Monsal Trail)
Edensor Tea Cottage, Edensor
The Devonshire Arms, Pilsley


Download the route leaflet pdf we created here >


The climb into Pilsley

27 February 2020

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