In the 1960s, over 5,000 miles of railway lines were axed – a shame for train spotters, but fantastic for cyclists since many disused tracks have been converted into traffic free cycling walks and trails. We’re exploring some of the best, this week’s ride takes us along the Tissington trail, in the Peak District.
Words: Maria David
The Ride: Tissington Trail, Derbyshire
Where: Ashbourne to Parsley Hay
How far: 13.5 miles
This well-surfaced trail set in the White Peak region of the Peak District forms part of route 68 of the national cycle network. Originally owned by the London and North-Western Railway, the line carried passengers between Buxton and Ashbourne from 1899, with milk trains continuing to Finsbury Park in North London.
Following the closure of the line Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park Authority opened the Tissington Trail in 1971, one of the first rail trails in the country.
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