GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

High Peak Trail

17 miles (28 km)

This splendid, shared walking and cycle trail follows a disused railway line from Cromford to Dowlow through the beautiful Peak District National Park.
The trail starts near Cromford railway station and climbs through the stunning High Peak area of Derbyshire giving fabulous views of the area.
The trail links with the popular Tissington Trail at High Peak Junction. It's a similar trail trail running from Parsley Hay in the north toAshbourne in the south.
Highlights on the route include the fascinating Neolithic henge monument of Arbor Low at Parsley Hay. Near Cromford you will also pass the noteworthy Middleton Top. Here you'll find an excellent visitor centre with good facilities and a wealth of information on the area. There's also the historic Middleton Top Engine House, built in 1829 and fabulous views down to the nearby Carsington Water.
For more information on this trail, including picnic areas and cycle hire please click here

High Peak Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

High Peak Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Head to Wheatcroft’s Wharf at Cromford Mills for some lovely canalside refreshments. There's several tables right next to the water making it the ideal spot to relax on a fine day. They have a good menu with fresh ‘made to order’ food from oven baked potatoes to homemade soup, Paninis, Pizza, summer salads or a simple sandwich.
The site is also worth spending some time at with a wealth of information on this area. Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the centre there'sinteractive displays, games and puzzles that tell the story of how the valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the growth of the British cotton industry and its global impact.You can find the site at a postcode of DE4 3RQ for your sat navs.
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Pictured above the Arkwirght Mill and the cafe at Cromford Mills.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


High Peak Trail, High Peak Junction - - 1731149

High Peak Junction End of the High Peak Trail. The fenced of area with Rail Track is in fact the pit for one of the cable pulleys which once served the inclined plane leading uphill from the junction.

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High Peak Trail Tunnel taking the High Peak Trail under the A6 trunk road.

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The disused railway line, heading through the trees towards Gotham curve.

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Several paths and a farm track meet here, by a redundant quarry, and not far from Middleton Top

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A section of the High Peak Trail (now forming the most southerly section of the Pennine Bridleway) just north of the old Hurdlow Station which closed in 1967.

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The trail passes through a former railway cutting at this point at Pikehall. Autumn colours are starting to show.

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This view looks over Cromford towards Matlock Bath, with Abrahams Heights and High Tor clearly visible.

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Cyclists on the trail near Parsley Hay.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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