Explore the Monsal Trail
Alpkit Jenni takes the family on the Monsal Trail
We know from the feedback we have received about the BSO, that people love the family-friendly vibe of the weekend. We work hard to try and offer something for all of the family but Thornbridge's very location makes it all the easier for us as there is so much to do from the door of your tent and best of all, lots of it is free! None more so than the wonderful Monsal Trail which is a former Midland Railway line that runs right past Thornbridge's site. It is a surfaced trail suitable for bikers, walkers, horse riders, wheelchair users and prams so the entire family can be included on an outdoors adventure. Many of the former stations remain in some guise or other with Hassop Station offering an extremely family-friendly cafe/restaurant (two wooden playhouses and boxes of toys await your budding adventurers outside the cafe), bookshop, cycle hire base and gift shop. The trail runs from Bakewell to Chee Dale but you can join it or leave it at many points along the way.
This summer has heralded my return to mountain biking after having three years off to have my own two Alpkids and now they are both old enough to use bike seats, I recently took advantage of the wonderful sunny weather to take the family along the length of the Monsal Trail and back. Both kids thought it was great: my two-year old was easily able to identify it as an old railway line and therefore was happy to holler 'choo choo' as we cycled through the well-lit tunnels, whilst the one-year old was content waving and smiling at the other cyclists and walkers. Lunch at Hassop station and an ice cream at Millers Dale helped boost Mummy and Daddy's energy levels too!
Whether you fancy an after-dinner stroll or a family bike ride, the Monsal Trail fits the bill and is well worth an explore during your Big Shakeout weekend.
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