We went on a hike along the Monsal Trail in the Peak District over the May Day holiday. The Midland Railways line from Manchester to London was built in the 1860s but was closed in 1968 by Transport Minister Barbara Castle.
The Peak District National Park reopened the route for walkers and cyclists in 1981 and the stretch from Wyedale to Bakewell now makes for a fascinating 16 mile round walk, surrounded by wildlife, industrial heritage and 350 million year old limestone cliffs.
(It is 37 miles by road from the centre of Manchester to Bakewell).
There are many railway tunnels to walk through such as these at Cheetor, although the diversions around the tunnels, be they over the tops or around the River Wye valley, are more scenic.
My monthly guest post at the Smitten By Britain blog is about the National Trust property at Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Read all about it: