Mountain Bike Routes Maps & Guides



Peak District Mountain Biking

The Peak District National Park is big and beautiful, and with the quality of trails lends itself perfectly for mountain biking. With easy accessibility from cities such as Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Derby it is not suprising that this is one of the most popular destinations in the UK.

Dark Peak mountain Biking Routes Guide

Peak District Mountain Bike Maps

A range of 9 maps in the core Peak District, around Ladybower, Hayfield, Castleton, and the western edge around Buxton and Macclesfield. Includes all the trails, technical gradings, surface descriptions, route suggestions. Printed on tough, waterproof paper.

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Dark Peak mountain Biking Routes Guide

Peak District Dark Peak Trails

This book concentrates on the Dark Peak (northern area of the Peak District). 26 Routes with Ordnance Survey Maps
White Peak District mountain Biking Routes Guide

Peak District White Peak: The Pure Trails

Fully revised with new routes and Ordnance Survey Maps. The White Peak is the south area of the Peak District.

Derbyshire and Peak District mountain biking routes

Derbyshire & The Peak District

The two books above are the best if you are concentrating on the core areas of The Peak District, however if you also ride in the rest of Derbyshire (The Peaks just cover the north west corner) then this would be more helpful.
Quality MTB Routes

Quality Routes
Peak District & Derbyshire

If you have the 'Quality Routes in the Peak District' book but now want more routes in the same are then this is the next best guide.

Cycling in the Peak District quiet routes

Off Road Trails and Quiet Lanes in The Peak District

Eighteen routes that a bit less extreme 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.
The Good Mountain Biking Guide front cover

The Good Mountain Biking Guide England & Wales

The big book for planning rides throughout England and Wales. Includes a 42 page section on The Peak District wth information on over 30 mtb areas to get out biking. Includes maps with route suggestions.

Peak District 1:25,000 MTB Map

Central Peak District
1:25,000 Map

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.

General Information about Mountain Biking in The Peak District

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 characterized 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.


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