The Tissington Trail

The Tissington Trail is a traffic-free trail that runs for 13 miles from Parsley Hay in the north to Ashbourne in the south. The picturesque town of Ashbourne is known as the Gateway to the Peak District, and it’s certainly the perfect base from which to explore the spectacular White Peak countryside. The town itself has lots to offer the visitor too, with beautiful architecture, plenty of independent shops and lovely cafés. [Read more about Ashbourne] a stone throw from the end of the Tissington Trail.

Tissington Trail is a traffic-free trail that runs for 13 miles from Parsley Hay in the north to Ashbourne in the south – linking with the High Peak Trail makes for a great cycle network.

The Tissington Trail follows the former railway line between Buxton and Ashbourne, opened in 1899, operated by the London and North Western Railway.  It was the last railway to be built in the Peak District.  The line closed in the 1960s and the land was purchased by the Peak District National Park in 1971 to transform it into a trail for walkers, riders and cyclists. 

The Tissington Trail is joined by the 17 mile long High Peak Trail at Parsley Hay, making an extensive route that is part of the National Cycle Network.  The High Peak Trail runs from High Peak Junction near Cromford to Dowlow, near Buxton, through beautiful White Peak countryside. 

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The easy accessibility of the Tissington Trail and the stunning scenery along the route makes it a favourite with leisure cyclists, and it is also suitable for wheelchair users, walkers and runners alike.  The surface is made up of crushed limestone and it is relatively flat and level, with easy access at many points on the way. 

There are cycle hire facilities at both ends of the Trail.  The Peak District National Park Visitor Information Centre at Parsley Hay offers cycle hire, including accessible options too, along with refreshments and a small gift shop.  A similar facility can be found in Ashbourne, at Mapleton Lane. 

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Enjoy the peace of traffic free cycling on the Tissington Trail and linked High Peak Trail.

The Tissington Trail passes through or close to a number of beautiful villages on its route, including Thorpe, Tissington (from which it takes its name), Alsop, Hartington and Parsley Hay.  It also passes very close to Dovedale, the picturesque limestone ravine with its famous stepping stones. 

Views from the Tissington Trail are ever changing and show off the limestone, gentle hills of the White Peak landscapes beautifully.

Just outside Hartington is a photogenic restored signal box, converted into a small Information Centre that is open on summer weekends.  From Hartington the Tissington Trail forms part of the Pennine Bridleway, a 130 mile long route through Derbyshire to the South Pennines.

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The restored signal box on the Tissington Trail at Hartington, and a great diversion can be had here during your day on the trail. Go and visit the village, park up your bike by the duck pond, and take in some Hartington life.

To make a day of your trip along the Tissington Trail, consider diverting a short way off the route and stopping off at the lovely village of Tissington, surely a strong contender for the prettiest village in the Peak District.  It is dominated by the stunning Tissington Hall, a Jacobean mansion that has been home to the same family since it was built.  There are also plenty of perfect picnic spots along the Trail, with fabulous White Peak views.

The beautiful village of Tissington, and the wonderful Jacobean mansion Tissington Hall and their idyllic tearooms is perfect for a stop off whilst exploring the the Tissington Trail.
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