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Miller's Dale to Bakewell

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Bakewell, England, United Kingdom

  • Activities

    Sightseeing, Walking Tour

  • Price
    £23 GBP per person
  • Duration

    3 to 4 hours

  • Avg Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Contact guide

  • Starting Location

    Miller's Dale Station, near Tideswell, Derbyshire


  • An easy walk through the beautiful scenery of the "White Peak" area of the Peak District National Park, perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities.
  • Level access onto the walk at both ends, so fully wheelchair-accessible.
  • An ideal walk for those interested in the history of British railways, telling the story of one of the most famous lost railway lines.
  • Fully accessible by public transport from Derby, Bakewell, Buxton, Sheffield and Manchester.


Trip Info

This walking tour follows the route of the old Derby to Manchester railway line through the beautiful scenery of Derbyshire’s Peak District, from the site of the large interchange station at Miller’s Dale to the market town of Bakewell. In use for exactly 100 years until closure in the 1960s, this was considered to be one of the most scenic railway lines in the whole of the UK.

Beginning at the former site of Miller’s Dale Station, where passengers from London changed trains for the spa town of Buxton, the walk follows the course of the River Wye through spectacular limestone dales. Having passed over the famous Monsal Head Viaduct and through the long Headstone Tunnel, it leaves the River Wye behind as it emerges into tranquil farmland to finish at the popular tourist town of Bakewell, home to the famous Pudding.

At each stage of the walk, time is taken not just to enjoy the views that made the railway one of the most scenic lines in the country, but to also tell the story of the building and operation of the line. This includes not just the buildings, bridges, tunnels and trains but also some of the many characters involved.

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