Low Traffic and traffic free cycling along the Manifold Way, a dismantled former railway with some quiet road sections. For ideas for other off-road cycle routes, please see the mountain bike page.

Waterhouses (Manifold Way)

The cycle hire centre and car park for the Manifold Way is located in the village of Waterhouses behind the Crown Hotel. 9 miles of traffic free cycling along the Manifold Way, formerly the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, terminating at Waterhouses at one end and Hulme End at the other. This 2' 6" narrow gauge line ran for only 30 years, closing in 1934. In 1905 during whit week, around 5000 passengers were carried in trucks normally used for carrying Milk churns or coal! The line at the north end passes the remains of the Ecton Copper mine, the profits from which paid for many of the impressive buildings in Buxton. At Ecton, you can cycle past a small station where milk churns were loaded on to the train or even take a wander up to the remains of the copper mine itself (care: open mine shafts). Take care when traversing the tunnel between there and Hulme End as it is quite narrow and used by motor vehicles too. The main point of interest further south is Thor's Cave, a major tourist attraction in days gone by and still popular today.

Image: Waterhouses cycle hire centre and shop, Manifold Way, Derbyshire/Staffordshire borders, Peak District.

Map showing the location of the cycle hire centre (pictured above) at Waterhouses - click here

Click here for more information about the Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway and the Manifold Way or here for a few images from this Peak District cycling trail

Accommodation near Waterhouses

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There is also Brown End Farm at Waterhouses, the have a sign outside on the main road so just go to waterhouses and you should find it easily!

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