View looking down across the steep sides of the Manifold valley.

The Manifold Trail

A scenic 9 mile traffic-free route for cyclists and walkers.

Approx 10 miles away


The Manifold trail is an easy 9 mile traffic-free route for cyclists and walkers. It runs between the steep sides of the Manifold valley from Waterhouses to the south and Hulme End to the north. From 1904 to 1934 this route was the line of the Leek and Manifold narrow gauge railway.

The views are spectacular, and the adventurous can climb up to Thor's cave. There are several cafes / toilets along the route. Bike hire is available at Brown End farm in Waterhouses. A leisurely ride all the way to Hulme End and back will take half a day (around 18 miles).

Travel from Ashbourne

The start of the trail is about 10 miles away.

The southern end of the Manifold trail is approx twenty minutes drive from Ashbourne. Head out of Ashbourne on the A52 Leek Road and look for the parking signs on the left when you reach Waterhouses village.

Postcode for sat-nav:
ST10 3HT

Take service 108 to Waterhouses.

See our buses page for more information on Ashbourne buses.

The Manifold Trail is part of a fabulous and strenuous 40 mile round trip from Ashbourne (guide coming soon).

It's too far to walk.