Parsley Hey to Brassington and back via the Trails
|This is quite a long circuit through the heart of the limestone country known as the White Peak, but the riding is quite easy, on good tracks or quiet roads almost all the way. There are lovely views and good places for refreshment along the way.|
Start from Parsley Hey, at the National Park's cycle hire centre (phone 01298 84493). This is strategically situated just off the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road, 8 miles south of Buxton. It is also just north of the junction between the Tissington Trail and the High Peak Trail - both disused railway tracks - so it is an excellent place from which to make a circuit on these trails.
Head south from Parsley Hay take the left fork (the High Peak Trail) where the tracks diverge. This goes under the main road and then continues southwards through pleasant country, passing behind a refractory works before meeting the A5012. Cross this and continue along the trail, which twists and turns to contour around the hillsides. This line was a very early one, built in 1830, and many of the turns are very tight, while the design of the bridges and embankments is reminiscent of canal engineering.
Continue through Bradbourne, the road descending fairly steeply to the B5035. Turn left, down the road for 400 metres, then turn off right along a narrow road which almost immediately fords the stream (keep pedalling!) This road then climbs the hillside out of the stream valley and across an unfenced area towards the pretty village of Tissington.
From Tissington Station join the Tissington Trail and follow it northwards back to Parlsey Hey. It's a surprisingly long way and it is slowly, but steadily, uphill. Take your time, because there is some beautiful scenery to enjoy and places like Hartington Signal Box to stop at if you wish.
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