The Tissington Trail runs for 13.5 miles from Parsley Hay, where it links with the High Peak Trail, to Ashbourne. The trail follows the former Ashbourne to Buxton railway line which was built by London and North Western Railway and opened in 1899. Regular passenger services finished in 1954, but specials and excursions of various kinds continued until 1963, with the route between Hartington and Parsley Hay surviving until 1967. Following the closure of the line, the Peak District National Park bought the route in 1971 and turned it into a traffic free trail for walkers and cyclists, one of the first such conversions in the country.
The trail runs, for almost its entire length, through the Peak District National Park. The National Parks in Great Britain are currently celebrating 70 years since the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 was passed, with the Peak District National Park becoming the first national park on 17 April 1951.
Distance: around 13.5 miles. For the full route map tap or click here.