The High Peak Trail is a 17.5 mile trail from High Peak Junction, near Cromford, to Dowlow near Buxton, built on an old railway line, the former Cromford and High Peak Railway.

You can access the trail from High Peak Junction and Cromford Wharf, Black Rocks and Middleton Top where car parking is available (charges apply). There are regular bus services and railway stations at nearby Cromford, Whatstandwell and Ambergate.

The High Peak Trail is a traffic-free trail suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders passing through some of Derbyshire’s finest countryside.

Photo by Robin Stokes



For those wishing to explore the trails further, the High Peak Trail joins the Tissington Trail at Parsley Hay. We recommend that cyclists and horse riders follow the trail to the west of Middleton Top Countryside Centre to avoid steep inclines.

This was one of the world’s first long-distance railway lines, built between 1825 and 1830. Many important railway buildings and features can still be seen, including High Peak Junction Workshops, Middleton Top Engine House, Hopton Tunnel and Hopton Incline.

Essential surfacing work is being carried out on the High Peak Trail between Hopton Incline and Longcliffe. Part of Hopton Bridleway 19 will be closed from 19 November 2016 up to 14 February 2017.


Along the trail to the west of Black Rocks, we recommend you slow down to appreciate the trail verge that are rich with flowers including cowslips, orchids and wild herbs during summer.

Explore by bike

Visitors wishing to explore the trail can hire cycles from Middleton Top Cycle Hire. It’s open everyday in June, July and August and at weekends and school holidays from April until the end of November, tel: 01629 823204 for more information.


Facilities available

  • FootpathYes
  • Bridleway/Horse riding trailYes
  • Picnic areaYes
  • Light refreshmentsYes
  • ParkingYes
  • ToiletsYes
  • Easy access for allYes
  • Cycle pathYes

Contact details

AddressMiddleton Top Countryside Centre
Middleton by Wirksworth
Telephone01629 533298