From a high viewpoint known as Monsal Head you have good view along two sections of the Monsal Dale, separated by a railway viaduct. These 4 photographs, all Photochromes, produced around 1905, show it as it was then, with the railway in use. The river is the River Wye, we saw this river when it was smaller in another image BuxtonThe Gardens.
Like the majority of Britain since this time forestation has occurred and there are now trees blocking many of the views or substantial parts of them.
The railway that went across the viaduct and then into a tunnel to the left of the view above is no longer in use, and the tunnel now just has large doors on, the viaduct is being used now, the rails having been removed, for walkers following the Monsal Trail.
The Monsal Trail primarily runs on a former railway line, it is eight and half miles long and runs from one mile south east of Bakewell at Coombs Road, to the head of Chee Dale at Buxton. The railway closed in 1968, and the line remained unused for twelve years before being taken over by the Peak National Park. Most of the tunnels have been closed, but alternative routes have been provided. The station car parks at both Bakewell and Millers Dale are convenient for those walkers who come by car to explore the magnificent scenery of the Wye Valley. While walking along the railway line is quite level there are 4 diversions including climbs over steep hills.
This view is from was from a little further along looking back towards the same viaduct.
This is the view to the right of the viaduct from Monsal Head.
Just over 100 years later and we have today ...
..... a lot more trees
Forestation now makes it more difficult to see the viaduct from the viewpoint
The wider view from Monsal Head
The view to the right of the viaduct
Signboard, paths catch some
people out in that there are two paths going down from
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