The opening up of the complete Monsal Trail through the tunnels of Chee Dale has allowed much easier access to the delights of this leafy dale. In the past the trip down to the stepping stones and through the narrow part of the dale was a great walk, but a bit long for most families since you needed to go back over the top via Blackwell. The new version allows quick return through the tunnels which also provide excitement and interest to tempt reluctant youngsters out for a weekend walk.
The walk is suitable for a quick afternoon at most times of year and can be considered relatively easy in terms of length and strenuousness. However the terrain is quite tricky for very small legs so make sure younger children are confident and watch them carefully on the short rocky sections.
It is a there and back lollipop walk with several points of interest on the way, plus a short-cut alternative should time or desire wain before you finish. The Monsal Trail has become very popular with bikers hence the section on the actual trail does mean that you have to watch your back a bit and watch the little ones, however the bikes seldom go that fast and most are aware of what is going on ahead of them.
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