Anyway, we took the bikes with us on holiday. The area we were staying in has several cycle trails created from old railway routes which are ideal for family cycling.
The first trail we attempted was the Monsal trail. We parked in the car park at the old station above Bakewell. This is the route that has lots of tunnels, they were quite fun though rather chilly!You pass high above the valleys and there are some lovely views. Having said that, this was our least favourite trail, not that there was anything wrong with it, just that the others were nicer (and less busy). We were excited to find out there was an icecream van at the end of the trail, but disappointed when we got there to find no cones, just overpriced pre-packaged icecreams and I'm sure the one I chose was out of date (I coudn't find a sell by date on it but it had London Olympic packaging on it (3 years ago!) and the icecream was all icy and strangely crunchy - I didn't eat it.)
The next trail was the Manifold Valley trail. It was really hot and a bit thundery the day we visited. This trail goes along the bottom of a valley so there are different types of views to be had, still lovely though. We made the climb to visit Thor's cave and enjoyed the high views from there while eating our picnic. We cooled down on the way back by stopping at a pretty riverside farm cafe for cake (better than Ilam but still not the best of the holiday) and some very welcome cold cans of drink. Some of us even went for a refreshing paddle in the river.
We preferred the Manifold Valley trail to the Monsal trail but it still wasn't our favourite. I'll tell you that one in another post as I think that's probably enough photos for now...
Lots of photos, but all wonderful!!!! It looks as though you had a really great day on the trail, although shame about the ice cream! I always like to see others travel photos as well, is it good to get to see places that you might or might never see otherwise! xx
Fantastic! I wish we had such bike trails here.
So much gorgeous greenery! x
What a beautiful place for bike riding, we'd love it there too I think. The ice-cream sounds very dubious! CJ xx
wonderful photos x
Never enough photos! Xxx
I'm not a fan of the trails really! Monsal is one of the busiest places in the Peak I think, with that famous view from the hotel above the bridge and so many people using the trail, especially since the tunnels reopened.
Manifold Valley is my favourite of the old railway tracks, purely because there are so many places you can get off the trail and go exploring - like up to the cave and so many others! I like a bit of river dipping there too. My grandparents used to live near it so I spent a lot of time as a child in the Manifold Valley! I don't like it to cycle or walk the length of, but I do like incorporation a section of the trail in a circular walk in the surrounding areas!
Love that cave.
I was right about Derbyshire then! It looks lovely.
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