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#51406 - 01/10/09 10:17 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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If anyone wants to know anything about the Railway Walks featuring Julia Bradbury, I did 4 of them this year (not done the two Scotland walks). They were great fun!

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#51430 - 02/10/09 04:17 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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The White Peak marathon is run every year on the Tissington and High Peak Trails, formerly railway routes near Matlock Derbyshire. These routes have an advantage over many, in that their tunnels are very short and during the many times I have run that marathon, only one tunnel was closed once, for repairs to a roof fall.
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#51432 - 02/10/09 07:57 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Slogger]
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Fair comment Slogger. I must admit I enjoyed the detours that the closed tunnels cause on the Monsal Trail but nice to know what you have mentioned thanks.

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#51463 - 04/10/09 08:17 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Slogger]
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Originally Posted By: Slogger
The White Peak marathon is run every year on the Tissington and High Peak Trails, formerly railway routes near Matlock Derbyshire. These routes have an advantage over many, in that their tunnels are very short and during the many times I have run that marathon, only one tunnel was closed once, for repairs to a roof fall.
Dave.

The Tissington and High Peak Trails make nice easy walks but they should never have closed as railway lines, Buxton to Ashbourne and Uttoxeter and especially Buxton to Ambergate and Derby being areas spoilt by the excessive numbers of road vehicles now. Instead of so much of our money being spent on motorways and other roads these railway lines should be rebuilt and the trails diverted to more undulting and challenging routes.

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#60280 - 18/03/11 07:54 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Does anyone know the latest on the tunnels being reopened? I heard work was due around March time.

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#60286 - 18/03/11 05:16 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: scaredovheights]
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The problems with reopening railways etc is the old favourite "Health and Safety". Now, any railway being reopened would have to meet such exacting standards that they would be economically non-viable. Have you (London based readers) noticed the increasing number of trains without loos? If they have them they have do be disabled accessible which takes up passenger space, but, they don't legally have to have them!

The reopened stations would have to have so many safety features that the cost would be astronomical. The UK is the only country in the world that has, by law, to have fenced railway lines. If anyone climbs through a broken fence and is injured they can sue the railway. In other countries it is regarded as their own fault!

PS. I would like to see (some of) them reopened though.

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#60294 - 18/03/11 11:07 PM Re: Railway Walks [Re: scaredovheights]
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Originally Posted By: scaredovheights
Does anyone know the latest on the tunnels being reopened? I heard work was due around March time.


Sorry,meant to say the tunnels on the Monsal Trail.

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#61680 - 30/05/11 10:48 AM Re: Railway Walks [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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I can report that all the old tunnels are now reopened on the Monsal Trail (Bakewell to Blackwell). I enjoyed trying it out yesterday. They have made a good job, new signs, path in great condition and Hassop Station now a lovely Cafe/shop. Unfortunately the huge cost to pay was that it was like the M6 with hundereds of family bike riders. I should imagine on a winters week day it is still good to do but I would always still choose to take it's previous route going off the track to visit the places of interest. I was also amazed how tired I was, I presume this was due to walking on a hard flat surface the whole way?

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