The Peak District National Park is big, busy and beautiful. It is a big draw for mountain bikers because of the quality of the riding and the accessibility from major towns and cites such Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Derby, Stoke and many more.
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Wild Boar Maps - handy A4 maps with suggested routes marked up. Each map comes in a waterproof cover.
To see a sketch showing where all the above are situated and for general map facts:
Wild Boar Mountain Bike Maps
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This book concentrates on the Dark Peak (northern area of the Peak District). 26 Routes with Ordnance Survey Maps
Fully revised with new routes and Ordnance Survey Maps. The White Peak is the south area of the Peak District.
The above two books are the best if you are concentrating on the core areas of The Peaks, however if you also ride in the rest of Derbyshire (The Peaks just cover the nort west corner) then this would be more helpful.
If you have the book on the left but now want more routes in the same are then this is the next best guide.
Eighteen routes that a bit less extrememe than those in the mountain bike guides. Here you will find lovely routes along quiet lanes, byways and some bridleways, plus where to go on those family cycle rides.
Ordnance Survey mapping. If you visit the Peak District often then this map could be really useful as it covers the main central area and shows all rights of way.
The Peaks is split into the north and south, the northern bit we refer to as the Dark Peak, and to the south, the White Peak.
The Dark Peak is characterised by high moorland, bisected by some classic river valleys, the Goyt, Derwent, Edale, Woodhead and Snake to name a few. The riding here can be good all year round. Many routes rely on well drained tracks, rides out of Hope, from Ladybower are superb. In the summer the high moorland of the Dark Peak offers brilliant views, fast slick sandy trails, long do-able yet intimidating climbs and descents. All starting from bike-friendly cafés, and finishing to the aroma of coffee or local real ale.
By contrast the White Peak is all dales and greenery. Less frequented by mountain bikers, the riding is every bit as good, the trails are less rocky, more rooty, but can be very muddy in wet conditions. Where the scenery in the Dark Peak is harsh, here it is idyllic, to such an extent you sometimes feel you’re intruding on forgotten farmsteads, undisturbed wildlife and the odd local.
Start your ride from anywhere in the triangle formed by Bakewell, Carsington Water and Waterhouses and enjoy a circuit of the many fine trails dropping into and out of the small limestone dales, often linked by two of the most popular railway trails in the country, the High Peak and Tissington, passing near or through Parsley Hay, Middleton Top, Hartington and Ashbourne. Or explore the industrial heritage of quarries, railways and mill towns around Matlock and Ashover.
However, for a real treat head to the east of the park and explore the trails and tracks around Linacre Reservoirs, simply superb on a dry sunny summer evening.
Finally the Peak is famous for its hidden nooks and crannies, some known and well documented, some less so. These include the tracks of Sheffield’s Blacka Moor south of Ringinglow where you share the fast technical trails with red deer, the splendour around Macclesfield Forest near Langley, the picturesque Three Shire Heads above Wincle, the hardcore descents around Longnor and Goyt Valley west of Buxton. There is something for everyone.
For trail centre style riding there is Wharncliffe Woods, just north of Sheffield where you will find a cross country loop and some downhill.