Thursday 24 August 2023

The Monsal Trail, 30th July 2023

No trains, until Peak Forest later in the day, but a look at a walk along this former Midland Railway main line in Derbyshire. The railway was opened in 1863, and closed in 1968, now the Monsal Trail.

Millers Dale former station and post office, now a café.

There were five platform faces after the station was widened in 1905, this was platform 1, looking toward Peak Forest Junction, Chinley, some via Stockport Tiviot Dale, and Manchester Central. Buxton branch trains left from platform 5, lost in the undergrowth on the left.

The twin viaducts at Millers Dale, looking towards Bakewell and Matlock. That being walked on is from 1863, the second is from the 1900-1905 widening.

A narrow lane or track the line.

Inside Litton Tunnel, one of three walked through, each about 400 metres, and reopened in 2011. Lighting is only provided when there is daylight outside.

Having made an exit from Litton Tunnel, Cressbrook Tunnel is approached. 

Exit from Cressbrook Tunnel.

View of Upperdale Farm in Monsal Dale, taken from Headstone / Monsal Dale Viaduct.

Back to Millers Dale, mostly along the riverside, this being another view of the twin viaducts.