The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) between Buxton and Ashbourne first opened in 1899. Following the closure of the line around seventy years later, the Peak District National Park bought the route in 1971 and turned it into a traffic free trail for walkers and cyclists.
The Tissington Trail runs for 13 miles from Parsley Hay (53.1706°N 1.7828°W) in the north to Ashbourne (53.0196°N 1.7397°W) in the south.
National Cycle Network: National Route 68
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Nifty at Fifty
Not only a brilliant bike ride or perfect setting for a leisurely stroll, the Tissington Trail has a fascinating history. Once the railway line between Buxton and Ashbourne – and even a supplier of milk to London – there is real heritage below your feet.
2021 marks the 50th anniversary since the site opened as a dedicated route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders since the National Park purchased the site in 1971.
There has never been a better time to take a gaze through history, discover the former station platforms, find the old signal box, or appreciate the cowslips and other wildflowers that frequently adorn the banks of the 13-mile trail.