The Monsal Trail in the Peak District has been voted as the UK’s favourite National Cycle Network route under 30 miles, in a poll hosted by charity Sustrans. Our very own YHA Ravenstor sits right next to the trail if you’d like to experience it for yourself!
Sustrans ran the vote as part of celebrations to mark 20 years since the Network was developed by the charity. The Monsal Trail is a stunning traffic free cycle route in the heart of the Peak District National Park. At 8.5 miles long it is perfect for all ages and has lots to see including wildlife, geology, industrial and rail heritage.
A particular highlight on the route is the four railway tunnels – Headstone Tunnel, Cressbrook Tunnel, Litton Tunnel and Chee Tor Tunnel. Each tunnel is approximately 400 metres long.
The route had stiff competition from other fantastic routes on the Network, including the Bath Two Tunnels route and the Camel Trail in Cornwall.
Matthew Easter, East Midlands Regional Director at Sustrans, said: “Anyone who has walked or cycled along the Monsal Trail will know what a fantastic route it is – featuring tunnels, viaducts and magnificent scenery. It’s really popular for day trippers and commuters so it’s fitting that it should be recognised as one of the best routes in the country.”
The National Cycle Network was first developed by Sustrans back in 1995 and now covers over 14,000 miles in the UK. The charity has recently released a brand new book, Sustrans’ Traffic-Free Cycle Rides, detailing 150 bike rides on the Network. The book, which costs £12, includes day rides around the country with recommendations for pubs, cafes and hotels along the way. Visit the Sustrans website for more information.
Book a stay at YHA Ravenstor and explore the Monsal Trail.