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Bakewell pram-friendly walk along the Monsal Trail (circular, 3.8km)

Bakewell pram-friendly walk along the Monsal Trail (circular, 3.8km)

This easy-going, pram-friendly walk starts in Bakewell town centre by Weir Bridge and leads you up to the very start of the Monsal Trail and along to Bakewell station (disused), before returning back into town.

You can extend the walk at Bakewell Station and continue along the Monsal Trail to Hassop Station (also disused), where there is a lovely café and small play area. This adds 3.4km, there and back, to the total distance of this walk.

The route is a mix of tarmac and gravel paths, suitable for pushchairs. Although, please be mindful of cars along Coombs Road (the quiet lane that leads you up from Bakewell to the Monsal Trail) and then of bikes when you’re on the Monsal Trail (keep to the left, especially on busy weekend and school holiday days).

Once back in Bakewell, you can perhaps finish with a Bakewell Pudding or a pint of local ale in one of Bakewell’s (no less than) nine pubs. Do check out our guide to visiting Bakewell for more ideas of things to do in this Peak District town.

This pram-friendly walk is one of four circular Bakewell walks and one of five Monsal Trail walks that we feature on the Peak District Kids website.

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When planning your visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs, and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.


PARKING INFORMATION: Please do not rely solely on the postcode for parking directions. In the National Park, a postcode can cover a large area. Postcodes are only provided as guidance. Please either use the Google Maps point or what3words, which are provided on every walk guide.

Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.

Bakewell pram-friendly walk map

On all Peak District family walks it’s a good idea to have an Ordnance Survey paper map with you, even if you have your phone on you. For this walk you need the OS Explorer Active Map OL 24 (White Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.

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Get a printable download of this walk

Want to print off this walk guide rather than rely on your mobile? Then click here to download the PDF to print out at home. Perhaps print out a copy for the kids to follow the step-by-step directions and/or photos? It’s a great way to get them engaged with the walk and gives them a sense of responsibility.

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Please note that your download link expires 72 hours from order, so make sure you save your PDF somewhere where you’ll remember it. If you are unsure where your download folder is on your mobile device, we recommend you download the PDF on your laptop or desktop.

Need to know

DISTANCE OF WALK: 3.8km (2.4 miles)

TYPE OF WALK: flat, well-surfaced paths, pram friendly

PARKING: Don’t try and park in Bakewell town centre, especially on a weekend or during the school holidays. Instead, head to the car park next to the Agricultural Business Centre. Click here for Google Map point, postcode DE45 1AH. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The Bakewell-Castleton bus (173), Bakewell-Chesterfield bus (170), and the Transpeak (TP2) Matlock-Buxton bus all stop at Bakewell. The Peak Sightseer hop-on-hop-off bus also stops here.

WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Monsal Trail, Bakewell Station (disused), enjoying one of the many eateries in Bakewell

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE:  This walk can be done in 1.5 hours, but allow for 2.5 hours if you have small kids in tow. If you are planning to extend the walk to Hassop Station, then allow for 3-3.5 hours, plus time for cake.

ACCESSIBILTY: Pram friendly, flat, well-surfaced paths.

TOTAL ASCENT: 25 metres

PUBLIC TOILETS: Public toilets can be found in Bakewell car park, opposite Spar. For food, you’re spoilt for choice with a vast array of cafes and pubs to choose from. Or you may want to extend this walk along the Monsal Trail to Hassop Station café.

Car park along Agricultural Way, Bakewell

The route

START: Bakewell Weir Bridge (opposite Co-op)
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 2198 6849
Post code: DE45 1EZ
what3words: ///perfect.commuted.spoons

Route follows an anticlockwise direction.

1. Walk over Weir Bridge, away from Co-op, and continue straight ahead in between two car parks. You will then walk over a second bridge, which leads you to the Agricultural Centre, directly in front.

2. At the Agricultural Centre make your way to the right hand corner of the building and then take a left along the road. If you’ve parked at the Agricultural Way car park, you will pick up the walk from this point. 

3. Take a right along Coombs Road and follow to the end. For the first section there is a pavement on the left-hand side, but this soon ends. Cars do come along here occasionally and technically the speed limit is 60(?!), so take care. 

4. Just before the bridge, take the turning on the left up to the start/end of the Monsal Trail. 

5. This is the start of the Monsal Trail, which is very popular for a family bike ride (read more about cycling the Monsal Trail). Turn left and walk along the trail for 1.5km to Bakewell Station. You will walk under two bridges before you get here, the second is immediately before the disused station. 

6. There’s an option here to continue along the Monsal Trail to Hassop Station for a bite to eat (1.7km each way). Otherwise, take a left behind the old station building and through the car park. 

7. Cross over the road out of car park and turn left, passing The Old Weighbridge on your right. Follow this road downhill. 

8. At the main road junction take a left and walk over Bakewell Bridge. 

9. Once over the bridge, take a sharp left at Rajas Indian restaurant, back to the river, and follow the footpath back to Weir Bridge to complete this Bakewell pram-friendly walk. 

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Want more ideas for family walks?
Best Family Walks in the Peak District
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Or, use the search walks page to find your perfect family walk.

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