BSO Monsal Bike and Abseil


Cycle to Millersdale viaduct for an exciting 80ft abseil! You'll hop on your bike at the old Thornbridge Hall station, heading along the Monsal Trail , an old railway line that passes through a narrow limestone valley and 3 tunnels. The Monsal Trail is wide and flat for a sociable rid out to the abseil.

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What to Expect:

Starting directly from the Big Shakeout site this makes an ideal activity for groups of friends or families with half a day to fill. It's around a 30 minute cycle to and from the abseil, along a flat and wide cycle trail. It's a scenic ride with the chance to test your head for heights!

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What to Bring:

Hire bikes are provided but you're welcome to bring your own. Please ensure it's well-maintained and carry any tools and spares you need.
- Clothing and footwear suitable for cycling and the weather conditions
- A warm layer (to wear while you wait for your turn at the abseilling)
- Snacks and a drink
- A head for heights!

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Essential Information:

Minimum Age: 8 (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
Course Provider: Thornbridge Outdoors
Student / Instructor Ratio:10:1
Start/Finish: Thornbridge Outdoors
Transport: None required
Meeting Times & Logistics:
Please meet at the School of Adventure Meeting Point at least 10 minutes before the course starting time to meet your instructor and collect your bikes.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you require more information about the course or the Big Shakeout Festival, please get in touch.

Can I book a School of Adventure activity without a weekend pass?

No. You must have a valid Big Shakeout weekend ticket to participate in any School of Adventure Activities. Any orders for activities without a Big Shakeout weekend ticket will be cancelled and refunded.

What about Covid?

The Big Shakeout Festival and all courses will operate in line with the latest government restrictions. If the festival or a course cannot be run due to Covid restrictions, full refunds will be issued.

Will School of Adventure courses still go on if the weather is bad?

We will do everything we can to make sure your chosen activity goes ahead, however in some circumstances a course may have to be cancelled due to weather or lack of numbers. In these cases we will either offer you a place on an alternative activity or refund.

Will I receive a ticket for this course?

You will receive an email confirmation with an order reference number upon completing your order. Your order number is your unique reference number, bring it along with you and present it at along with your name at the School of Adventure Meeting Point.