High Peak Trail

The High Peak Trail offers you dramatic views of the stunning Derbyshire Dales countryside between Middleton Top and Parsley Hay. As well as being traffic-free and suitable for walkers and cyclists the trail is rich in wildlife - there’s an abundance of wildflowers in spring and summer.

The High Peak Trail follows the line of the former Cromford and High Peak Railway. This route takes in the stunning Derbyshire Dales countryside between Middleton Top and Parsley Hay. The trail is traffic-free and suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

From Middleton Top, the trail climbs the short, sharp Hopton incline. It then follows a long, stone-built causeway into White Peak Country. As you cycle you'll take in dramatic views and travel through some craggy cuttings on the way to Parsley Hay. The trail is rich in wildlife and there’s an abundance of wildflowers in spring and summer.

Things to see and do

  • Middleton Top Engine House
  • National Stone Centre
  • Gang Mine Nature Reserve

Bike hire

  • Peak Cycle Hire, Parsley Hay

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

The High Peak Trail is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy

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