Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.
The monsal trail is a disused Midland Railway line running from Bakewell to Blackwell through limestone dales and includes several lit tunnels that are a bit eerie and kinda cool. The trail is tarmac or gravel and it's fairly level and easy walking, With that in mind the pace will be a reasonably quick 4 - 5 kph on the flats. The first 7.5 miles of this walk are along the trail before we head off for the first climb of the day into surrounding fields & valleys. We'll re-join the trail at the Blackwell end and work our way back, switching between sections of the trail and surrounding open countryside, woodland and through (at times) overgrown paths.
There are several small but steep climbs throughout the route. There is a lot of walking on hard surfaces on this walk and although no easy bail out points, it will be possible to follow the trail back to the walk start and the cars for anyone that needs to leave the walk.
Please bring plenty of fluids for the day. We'll have two lunch stops (one roughly 10 miles in and the other roughly 17 miles in. There are three locations en route where toilets are available and three or four cafes or ice cream vans for snacks or extra fluids.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct
This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.
07:50: Meet at the walk start (Coombs Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AQ)
08:00 Walk starts.
Waypoints: Monsal Trail, Priestcliffe Ditch, Blackwell, Bull Tor, High Dale, Brushfield Hough, Monsal Head, Little Longstone, Longstone Moor, Great Longstone, Monsal Trail
No toilets available at walk start. First toilet roughly 2.5 miles into the route