We stumbled across Blackwell Mill cycle hire a day earlier after walking in the wrong direction along the Monsal Trail, but I am certainly glad we did. Fantastic customer service- very warm and friendly staff who make great cups of tea and coffee, and are very knowledgeable about the area.
Hired three adult bikes all day; the prices beat all the other cycle hire businesses on the Monsal Trail. The ride was very enjoyable- quite easy on the way there as there’s a slight downhill incline. The way back was tougher, but it was a good challenge and we certainly felt like we’d achieved something at the end of it, and earned our cup of coffee!
There are many photo opportunities and some breathtaking sights, as well as plenty of opportunities to go off the cycle trail and explore parts on foot. There are a number of tunnels along the way (both short and long) which are lots of fun to go through and provide a welcome relief from the heat on a very sunny day.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Monsal Trail, and hiring bikes from Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire. They are a bit out of the way, but it is absolutely, 100 per cent, worth it.