The Capper Nomads Europe Adventure travel blog

View from the trail

The trail and tunnel

In one of the tunnels

One of the old mills

Looking down on the river

In Buxton

We had left Wales and moved our base to Buxton in the Peak District. The weather at last was starting to feel like summer.

We decided to walk a portion of the Monsal Trail. The trail follows a section of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, built by the Midland Railway in 1863 to link Manchester with London. The line was closed in 1968. The trail runs between just outside Buxton to Bakewell.

The Peak District National Park had recently made major investment in stabilising, lighting and now opening the old tunnels as part of the trail. Previously the trail had gone over and above the tunnels.

It was an easy and enjoyable walk in the sunshine. Are we having summer at last?

In the afternoon we went into Buxton joining the crowds. We had visited the small spa town several times in the past mainly when visiting the annual Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. It had changed very little.

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