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

The Manifold Trail

Contact information

Visit website


ST10 3HT
Approx 10 miles away

Getting there from Ashbourne

See below


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 around half a day (around 18 miles).

By car from Ashbourne

The southern end of the trail is just a few miles 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.

By bus from Ashbourne

Take service 108 to Waterhouses.

By bike or on foot

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