Start: Parsley Hay, Tissington Village, Ashbourne
Distance: 13 miles
Terrain: Off road, traffic free
Bike Types: Mountain bikes, Hybrid, Road Bike
Grading : Moderate
The Tissington Trail is perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It is a 13-mile trail and is mostly flat and traffic-free, making it a must for family days out and novice cyclists. There’s plenty to see along the way as you pass through the stunning countryside of the Derbyshire Dales. Most of the route is a smooth gravel track making it possible to ride on virtually any sort of bike.
It follows the route of the former Buxton to Ashbourne railway line, and the Tissington Trail runs from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay. You’ll go through the quaint village of Tissington and the lovely countryside of the Derbyshire Dales. The trail also passes close to Dovedale, a spectacular limestone ravine with stunning scenery, famous for its stepping stones across the River Dove.
It was built as part of the London and North Western Railway, the Buxton to Ashbourne railway opened in 1899 and closed in 1967. When the track was taken away, the route was transformed into a recreational trail and opened to the public in 1971. The traffic-free trail is ideal for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and is generally flat apart from a fairly steep incline at Mappleton.
Ashbourne, the start of the route is a historic market town with over 200 listed buildings. Fine coaching inns and mellow-bricked townhouses combine to create the town’s unique atmosphere.
Route Map and GPX
Tissington Trail Accommodation
To be added
There are toilets and refreshments at Parsley Hay and Tissington Village.
Pay and display at Parsely Hay – https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/bike-hire-centres/parsleyhay
Hartington Station Car Park – B5054, Hartington, Buxton SK17 0AZ
Alsop Station Car Park – A515, Ashbourne DE6 1QP
Thorpe Station Car Park – off Narlows Lane, Tissington Trail, Ashbourne DE6 2AT
Conventional and electric bikes can be hired at Parsley Hay – https://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle/bike-hire-centres/parsleyhay
Looking for a different route to try, take a look at The Monsal Trail