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The Longendale Trail, a Derbyshire Peak District cycle trail

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

Longendale Trail

opportunities for exercisespectacular scenery

Sailing on Torside Reservoir
Sailing on Torside Reservoir
Woodhead Reservoir from the Trail
Woodhead Reservoir from the Trail
The Longendale Trail was opened in the early 1990s and follows the track of the former Woodhead railway from Hadfield to the entrance to the Woodhead tunnels, a distance of about 11km. It is a pleasant cycle ride or an easy walk, but there are few alternative return routes - the adjacent roads are not pleasant for cycling.

The trail starts just outside Hadfield station, not far from Bottoms Reservoir, and follows the chain of reservoirs up the valley. Along the way it offers fine views along Longendale and across to Black Hill.

There is a small car park in Hadfield and another at Torside, either of which would be convenient places to join the trail. The Peak National Park maintain an information centre at Torside, open weekends and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of October.

Longendale - view of Torside Reservoir
0 - Longendale - view of Torside Reservoir
Woodhead reservoir
1 - Woodhead reservoir
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK068982 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
the western end of the trail is Hadfield station. From Glossop take the B6105 north and turn left after about 1km to Hadfield. If coming from the direction of Hyde on the A57, turn left at the roundabout just after crossing the River Etherow into Derbyshire. Torside centre lies along the B6105 Woodhead to Glossop road, overlooking Torside Reservoir.
When is it open?

Open all day all year. No restrictions.
What does it cost?

No charge for the visitor centre. Some of the car parks are pay and display.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.

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