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Cycling in the Peak District

Off Road Trails and Quiet Lanes

Not as 'full on' as a mountain bike guide, this book has a selection of routes on the quieter and gentler side.

There are short, medium and long distance cycle routes so easy to choose a route to suit your fitness and requirements.

Eighteen routes to explore the traffic free lanes and off road trails of the Peak District - from limestone dales to open moors, gritstone crags and tiny villages.

Clearly described directions writen by local riders

Maps, profiles and local area information.

See below for route details

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The Ride Locations

Map showing the approximate recommended starting points for each route as indicated in the book.
Click on a marker for route information.

In detail:

The Cycle Rides

Each bike ride includes an introductory description, map, route directions (these are number referenced to the map), gradient profile, total height climbed along the route, plus information on where to park, pubs and cafes.

Ladybower Reservoir Route

12km (7.5 miles)

A relatively quiet 'there and back' family bike ride.
Taking good wide tracks the route undulates along the shore of the reservoir with some lovely views over the water.

Derwent Valley Route

16km (10 miles) with optional 8km (5 mile) extension

A superb and popular ride around the most famous reservoirs in the Peak District. Part on quiet tarmac, part on wide fairly smooth tracks.

Parsley Hay Route

15km (9.5 miles)

Peak District Cycle Photo 2

An easy bike route almost entirely on smooth off road trails through the green countryside of the White Peak.

Six Villages Route

11km (7 miles)

This relatively short ride links the villages of Hope, Aston, Thornhill, Bamford, Shatton & Brough. Most on quiet lanes and byways. The tracks are well surfaced so no need for a mountain bike.

Macclesfield Forest Route

9km (5.5 miles)

Macclesfield Forest is a mysterious place home to deer, buzzards, standing stone and goodness knows what else. The forest bridleway is a fantastic hilly challenge.

Goyt Valley Route

12km (7.5 miles)

Peak District Cycle Photo 3

Head along an easy trail through woodland climbing up and out of the valley before swinging back and climbing (for a long way!) up past Wingather Rocks for a sweeping descent back to the car.

Tissington Trail Route

12km (7.5 miles)

A trip through the White Peak on well surfaced trails and tarmac, starting at the picturesque village of Tissington.

Chelmorton Route

19km (12 miles)

This loop takes you on a loop around a high limestone plateau; so best saved for a clear day for some wonderful views.

Middleton Top Route

22km (13.5 miles)

Roughly three-quarters off road this is a good easy going circuit, albeit quite a long one with a fair amount of climbing. The riding is never difficult and the climbs, although long, are not too steep.

Hathersage Route

20km (12.5 miles)

Peak District Cycle Photo 4

Mostly on tarmac and mainly quiet stretches this bike route takes you through hamlets and farmsteads, hidden valley, great views and varied flora and fauna makes this a very rewarding leisure ride - pub included at the half way point.

The Roaches Route

19km (12 miles)

This ride takes you though layers of the Peak District landscape, to the east of the Dane Valley, and under the watchful eye of the Roaches cliffs. The ride starts and finishes at a cafe.

Litton Route

23km (14 miles)

A ride of dry dales, miles of stone walls, green pastures and idyllic villages and hamlets (with not too many hills).

Longstone Edge and Eyham Route

18km (11 miles)

Peak District Cycle Photo 5

Suited more to confident riders (small sections on busy roads). This is a great bike route with some of the best views in the Peak District. Generally fun-riding with a fair amount of not to tricky off road.

Linacre Woods Route

11km (7 miles)

Almost entirely off road, mixing up wide, open tracks with twisty stuff in the woods. There is a fair bit of climbing but that is matched up with plenty of downhills.

Castleton Route

16km (10 miles)

Climb a road that fell down a hill, cruise around a high plateau, drop into and climb out of a picturesque dale then plummet back to the finish!

Houndkirk Route

14km (9 miles)

A good introduction to the 'real' mountain biking the Peak District has to offer, but in relatively short doses and without any big hills.

Bakewell Route

12km (7.5 miles)

Almost entirely off road this hilly loop is a 'proper' albeit short, mountain bike ride. Save it for dry weather to make the grassy sections easy going.

Beeley Moor and Darley Dale Route

14.5km (9 miles)

Peak District Cycle Photo 6

A ride of two halves: off road through woods and up on the moors on quiet lanes.

Family Riding

The majority of rides above are not suitable for young children; so the book includes a section on where to take children/complete beginners out for a gentle ride.

Ladybower & Derwent Reservoirs Route

Easy to tailor distance to what's required. You can go anything up to 20km.

Carsington Water Route

A 13km (8 mile) circuit

Linacre Reservoirs Route

About 3.5km (2 miles) with various options

Wharncliffe Woods

A 5km (3 mile circuit)

Railway Rides

The book also includes information on rides along former railway lines that are now recreational trails:

High Peak Trail

Monsal Trail

Longendale Trail

Sett Valley Trail

Tissington Trail

Manifold Trail

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