Monsal Head, a famous Derbyshire Peak District beauty spot.
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages
This is now part of the Monsal Trail, a popular route with walkers at weekends. The viaduct is now an accepted feature of the landscape, but when the railway was built in the 1870s, John Ruskin campaigned against the damage done to this unique environment, simply 'so that any fool from Bakewell can be in Buxton by lunchtime'.
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How to get there
Monsal Head lies just off the B6465 road, which joins the A6 at Ashford with the A632 Chapel-en-le-Frith to Chesterfield road. There is a large public car park with public toilets behind the Monsal Head Hotel, which overlooks Monsal Dale. However this is a popular spot and the carpark is often full on summer weekends.
By Bus: the 27 bus from Bakewell to Tideswell passes Monsal Head.
When is it open?
Public land, no restrictions. Numerous footpaths around the dale.
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