All posts by Stuart Corbett

A great family activity in a lovely area

We turned up in the middle of half term holidays on a beautiful day and we were immediately provided with bikes for the 3 of us. Everything was well explained about both the bikes – including what to do if things go wrong – and the Monsal Trail. The trail itself is relatively flat and very smooth, following an old railway line that is now a really good cycle trail. The tunnels are great fun, with some limited lighting. The scenery is fantastic but the trains became much busier with walkers as we neared Bakewell. Closer to Buxton was much…

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Nice and quaint cycle shop with refreshments too

A nice little shop at the end of the trail which provides the much needed hot drink after cycling. This is especially important if there are little kids in the group. My cycle was making a noise with its chain and it was annoying the pleasant ride. Despite using all my skills I was not able to sort it, so whilst having the hot cup of coffee I decided to get it looked at.  The friendly staff were excellent! Not only did he set it right but did it FREE of cost! Thank you very much for that! The return…

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Monsal Trail – family day out

Hired bikes for a family of 4 for a day. Very friendly staff who took time to point out the highlights of the Monsal Trail. Would definitely recommend. Thank Th3Hills

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E-Bike Day Out on Monsal Trail

Great little bike rental shop at the start of the trail. Walked along the Wye River from the car park. Friendly service – provided recommendations where to stop for food on the way. Booked an e-bike the night before. My wife really enjoyed the bike and its “pick-up” after only lightly pedaling – made the ride “effortless”. The trail was busy with a few walkers “blocking” the trail – not following suggestions to keep to the left and allow cyclists to pass. Stopped at the Hassop Cycle Cafe for lunch. Beautiful scenery in late September sunshine! Notnab

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Outstanding trail and hire shop

My wife and I (late 50’s) rented bikes at Blackwell Mills and cycled to Chatsworth House and back. The bikes are excellent (my wife liked hers better than her bike back home) and the service is oustanding. The trail was quite empty first thing in the morning (9:45 am) but well used on our return (around 3:30 pm). We left the Monsal Trail at Hassop Station to brave the roads to Chatsworth House. The grounds of the house are amazing but my wife was unimpressed with cycling so close to so much fast traffic on narrow roads (so the faint…

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Great pathway/cycleway

Following a bit of research, Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire seemed a good choice…and it was. The bikes we got were suitable and the pathway was great, relatively flat (slight incline back from Bakewell). Lovely scenery along the way. My only complaint is the saddle soreness and achy muscles afterward…but that aside, the staff were very helpful! Emer135

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Great bike hire, lovely service

What’s not to like? Had a good impression from when I phoned to book bikes and no answer on phone. When a company then takes time to callback to see if you wanted them that tells me they care! Super helpful proprietor when we picked up bikes and pointed out places worth stopping on the trail which was really helpful. Map provided and really good value a day at £15 per adult bike and £8.50 for a child. Phone and book and enjoy a great day!! BordersGirl

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Lovely trail. Helpful people.

Visited last week on a lovely day. Beautiful trail on comfortable bikes with easy access to nearby villages. The staff are extremely friendly and could not be more helpful. Thoroughly recommended. Just remember that it’s uphill on the return leg from Bakewell and allow extra time. Chris J

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Great service and great views

Monsal trail is a great bike route for beginners (as I am) tunnels are fun and views are amazing. Hired 2 adults bikes from Blackwell mill, lady who served us gave us some great advice about the route and where to go. She also explained that the return is slightly uphill and we should do the sights and food on the way back to break it up which was very useful! Bikes were easy to use, helmet and and lock included. Would remcomned the trail and Blackwell for the hires 🙂 sarah b

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Good Samaritan

Exploring the Monsal Trail today from Miller’s Dale toward Chee Dale on my ebike. A grey day more than relieved by fascinating aspects as I coasted along. So glad to chance upon Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire, not just for an overdue cuppa and millionaires slice. The brakes on my own bike were causing concern, having been heavily applied on 100% of the descent down Long Lane to the Trail. Problem? No problem now, having been expertly remedied by the proprietor. How much? Heartfelt thanks from a 75yr old adventurer. dnjmj

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