Parsley Hey to Gotham and back

Route Info
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Difficulty level: 1  (1 to 5 scale)
Distance: 18.00 km
Estimated time: 1:30 hours - excluding stops
Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map sheet(s): 119
See start location on Streetmap

This cycle ride is a pleasant and not too strenuous outing out along the Tissington Trail and returning via the High Peak Trail, with a short linking section. Essentially, this route is a shorter version of the Parsley Hey to Parwich route also described on these pages.

Start from Parsley Hey on the Tissington Trail. Cycle hire is available here. Set off southwards down the trail and, after a few hundred metres, where it forks, take the right fork to follow the Tissington Trail.

Hartington Station
Hartington Station


Continue down the Trail through Hartington Station, which is reached after about 3 km and go though a cutting under the hamlet of Heathcote then out onto an embankment overlooking the village of Biggin.

About 3km after Hartington Station the Trail crosses over a small road near some huts (the remnants of a WWII prisoner of war camp!). Come off the Trail here and turn left and cycle up the road to reach the A515 major road.

Cross this road with care as it is a busy and fast road and follow the signs for the national cycle network route 54 which lead you onto a rough lane leading up a gentle rise ahead. This rises steadily for over 1km until it arrives at a high point where there is a gate and another lane branching left.

Ignore the left turn and continue down the lane, which descends rather more steeply than it came up and becomes a little rougher. Eventually it levels out and soon gains a tarmac surface. You pass an isolated cottage and then arrive at a cross-roads.

Turn left along the minor road. After only about 300m you will see the bridge taking the High Peak Trail across this road. Fork right into the car park just before the bridge and then turn left onto the Trail.

On the High Peak Trail near Minninglow
On the High Peak Trail near Minninglow
This area is known as Gotham and the railway line contains a very sharp turn, which was so sharp that it meant this line could not use standard rolling stock and had to have its own short-wheel-base wagons. There is an excellent view over the surrounding countryside and behind you you can see the hill of Minninglow.

You reach the main road, the A5012, and have to cross it, which again requires care. The trail then goes behind the refractory works at Friden, where there are some interesting information panels about the work of the refractory.

Continue uneventfully back along the Trail with fine views over the surrounding countryside until you meet the Tissington Trail again a short distance south of Parsley Hey.

See start location on Streetmap.co.uk
 

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