Monsal Trail, Peak District

24 September 2016

Boy, I have been falling behind on my blogging! There are a few reasons but I won’t go into them here. Needless to say, and not just on my walks, I have to pick up the pace.

This was a walk in the Autumn when Adeline and Jason came to visit. We decided to follow the Monsal Trail and the track of our 10.6 mile walk can be seen on my ViewRanger page.

FIshing on the River Wye, Peak District

Not sure whether this fisherman was having a good time with the fish, but I managed to catch him just about right!

The Monsal Trail was once part of a railway that connected Manchester to London, finally closed in 1968 and restored with a public path in 2011. The tunnels along the trail are a testament to its railway past.

The Litton Cotton Mill (above to the right) was barely profitable during its time and perhaps due to its struggles became “notorious during the Industrial Revolution due to its unsavoury employment practices“, for which we read child labour.


Once we were through the tunnels, the trail takes us back into the landscape and the high hills around the River Wye.

We walked through the very little Lower Brushfield, a very cute place of just a few buildings, maintaining a memory of its past.

Finally back down into the valley, along the River Wye, past the weir, and the climb to the viaduct and then up to Monsal Head, with one of the most refreshing pints waiting for us!

The weir on the River Wye, Monsal Trail, Peak District

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