Monsal Dale is an iconic valley in Derbyshire, within the White Peak limestone area of the Peak District National Park.

The valley is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and it attracts lots of visitors each year. And for good reason!

The combination of the winding River Wye at the bottom of the steep dale, the famous Headstone viaduct, Fin Cop hill and Hob’s House cave makes Monsal Dale well worth a visit.

Monsal Head

Start at Monsal Head. This is one of the most famous and photographed viewpoints in Derbyshire. Here you can enjoy the majestic view of the dale and the famous Headstone Viaduct spanning the River Wye.

Headstone Viaduct

This railway viaduct was built by Midland Railway in 1863 and was in use for 100 years. It has become a much-loved addition to the Derbyshire landscape. It is now used as a cycle path and footpath.

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Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users. The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8,5 miles between Bakewell and Buxton.

It goes through four tunnels − Headstone Tunnel, Cressbrook Tunnel, Litton Tunnel, and Chee Tor Tunnel. Each tunnel is about 400 metres long and be aware that it will only be lit during normal daylight hours.

Why not hire a bike at Hassop Station and cycle the Monsal Trail!

Cool Places to Explore: Haddon Hall | Ashford in the Water | Bakewell | Stanage Edge | Kinder Scout | Lyme Park.

Cool Places to Eat: Hassop Station | Monsal Head Hotel.