The High Peak Trail is a 17.5 mile (27km) trail, running from Dowlow (near Buxton) to High Peak Junction (at Cromford). It is traffic-free and has a crushed limestone surface, making it suitable for all users (walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchairs). The elevated nature of the trail allows to enjoy some of Derbyshire’s finest countryside all year around with amazing views.
The High Peak Trail is great for cycling because it is traffic-free and has a crushed limestone surface which is mostly flat and even. When raining, mudguards are advisable. At some places along the route it can be quite narrow and there are some gates where cyclists have to dismount to get through. The trail can be divided in 7 parts:
The map below shows in more detail how the High Peak Trail runs and how it connects to Carsington Water, the Tissington Trail and the Manifold Track:
Visitors that want to hire bikes along the High Peak Trail can do this in Parsley Hay and in Middleton Top:
Both have different types of bikes available for hire such as regular bikes, childs bikes, and tandems.
The High Peak Trail follows the former Cromford and High Peak Railway, which was built between 1825 and 1830, and which opened in 1831. This railway was one of the first railways in the world linking the Peak Forest Canal with the Cromford Canal, and mainly designed to carry minerals and goods. After the closure of the railway in 1967, the Peak Park Planning Board and Derbyshire County Council bought the route in 1971 and converted the section south of Buxton into the High Peak Trail.
The High Peak Trail is a 17.5 mile (27km) trail, running from Dowlow (near Buxton) to High Peak Junction (at Cromford).
The High Peak Trail runs from Dowlow (near Buxton) to High Peak Junction (at Cromford). There are several other places where you can join the trail as well (Black Rocks, Middleton Top, Minninglow, Friden, Parsley Hay and Hurdlow).
Yes, the High Peak Trail is suitable for all users, including walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchairs.
Yes, dogs are allowed on the High Peak Trail.