Tissington Trail, Peak District, Derbyshire

Tissington Trail, Peak District, Derbyshire

The Tissington Trail runs from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne and is one of many cycle tracks in the Peak District which used to be a former railway line. It is probably one of the most well-known and popular as it was the very first line to be converted to a cycle way in the country when it opened in 1975, long before it became fashionable in the nineties.

The Buxton to Ashbourne railway line closed in 1963, but the track bed was purchased by the Derbyshire County Council and converted for leisure use. Now managed by the Peak District National Park Authority, the Tissington Trail has two cycle hire and information centres at either end of the trail (Parsley Hay & Ashbourne) and for those people wanting to hire bikes, the rates are very reasonable at £15 per day (April 2010) and the 24 speed Claud Butler Hybrid bikes on offer are perfect for the track bed surface. They also have a range of other cycles available to hire and child attachment seats or trailers for very small children.

Once on the Tissington Trail, the views on a clear day are fantastic, especially all the way down the trail to Ashbourne, and there are stop-off points with picnic tables at the old stations along the route with refreshments and toilets available at Parsley Hay, Tissington and Ashbourne.

The Tissington Trail is very easy, flat and suitable for all ages. It is geared up for families although the route steadily declines from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne, so it may be advisable for families with young children to do the route from south to north (Ashbourne to Parsely Hay), so that the journey back is more downhill.

The whole Tissington Trail from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne is 13½ miles in distance, but with car parking available at Hartington, Alsopp, Tissington and Thorpe along the trail, a much shorter cycle ride can be easily planned for families with small children.

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