Hassop Station Café, Monsal Walking and Cycling Trail, Derbyshire
A restored former railway station on the fabulous Monsal Trail just a mile outside of Bakewell. Hassop Station Café serves delicious food and has its own cycle hire, bookshop, gift shop and ice cream kiosk.
We absolutely love unique places like the café at Hassop Station which celebrates local history and provides a welcoming place for a hearty meal or snack after spending a day in the fresh air enjoying the surrounding countryside. Frequented by walkers, cyclists and horse riders out enjoying the Monsal (or Cake) Trail which runs for 7.5 miles from Bakewell to Wyedale, you absolutely have to stop here if only to try Hancock’s Pork Pie with Ibbotson’s Pickled Onions. It’s the sort of place where you can order a chip butty or posh fries with truffle oil and shaved Parmesan.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Enjoy a delicious brunch
- Stop for tea and cake
- Browse the bookshop
- Hire bikes
- Great for foodie cyclists
Visit Hassop Station Café
Hassop Station is a handsome stone, former railway station which was originally on the Derby to Manchester main line between Bakewell & Great Longstone stations. It was one of the three stations for Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke of Devonshire. In 1964, Hassop Station was closed to goods traffic.
Cycle The Monsal Trail
The old railway track is now the Monsal Trail, a walking, cycling and riding route stretching from Bakewell to Black Brook cottages in Buxton. Having been closed since the 1960s, the Monsal Trail tunnels finally reopened in May 2011, taking visitors through lit tunnels and on into some stunning scenery, notably Monsal Dale with its magnificent viaduct.
Have a Tasty Stop
If you’re starting out from the Bakewell end of the Monsal trail, grab a hearty breakfast here or, on the way back, stop for Afternoon Tea (they do a mean Victoria sponge cake), or cool off with an ice cream from Hope Valley Ice Cream. The menu is surprisingly extensive and the café is licensed so you can enjoy a local beer or a glass of wine. There’s a lovely terrace overlooking the trail and a trail lookout post. If it starts to rain, retreat indoors or to the large outdoor covered seating area at the station entrance.
Browse The Books For Cooks
Sit down and read the papers or buy a book from the excellent bookshop. It’s stocked with intriguing titles that will make you want to explore more of the local area and there’s a great Craft and Cookery section where you’ll find books such as ‘Bake Yourself Happy‘. Definitely our kind of place.
- Hassop Station café is open 7 days a week, year round
- You can hire bikes here including electric bikes and tandems
- The Monsal Trail is an easy traffic free trail for all the family
- Come in June for Eroica Britannia, a vintage cycle festival with 3500 participants and its own Graze food festival
WHERE TO STAY IN THE PEAK DISTRICT
The Cavendish Hotel
Baslow, Peak District
Located on the Chatsworth House Estate, The Cavendish Hotel restaurant has won an AA 2 Rosette Award.
Rooms from £99 a night.
The Devonshire Arms
Pilsley, Peak District
Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is only a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House.
Rooms from £106 a night.
Doggie heaven. This is a fantastic day out for me. Make sure you keep me on a lead especially when we go through the tunnels as it can be difficult for cyclists to see me.