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Quality Routes in the Peak District & Derbyshire

Mountain Bike Guide

Peak District MTB Guide

BikeMaps Comment: this book is great value for 24 routes. The photos are dated but good variety of routes with most being upwards of 60% off road. For those who want a book dedicated solely to either The Dark Peak or The White Peak then see the our other maps and guides

See map below of the routes

Book Details:
ISBN 0948153741.
Revised and updated with additions in 2004.
Author: Mike Pearce
134 Pages. Book Size: A5

Great Value


RRP £8.50

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The Mountain Biking Routes

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



Route 1. Ashford & Deepdale

Distance: 30km

A great route that climbs to Monsal Head before descending into Monsal Dale. Climb again, traverse and wait for the final descent of steep-sided Deep Dale.

Route 2. Bakewell & Haddon

Distance: 10km

A good introduction for those new to mountain biking or if you want a pleasant evening ride. 70% off road with no real technical problems.

Route 3. Beeley Moor

Distance: 14km

A short but varied and interesting route starting high on the moors above Darley Dale. Has some excellent woodland sections along the Derwent Valley. 50% off road.

Route 4. Belper & The Chevin

Distance: 14km

Overall the route offers a good variety of terrain and a lot of added interest can be found in the old mills and the surrounding countryside. 60% off road.

Route 5. Bonsall Moor

Distance: 21km

The going is generally easy but there are some long climbs. 76% off road.

Route 6. Carsington Water and High Peak Trail

Distance: 30km

Altogether an unexpectedly good ride as a good chunk is on prepared bike trails.

Route 7. Chatsworth West

Distance: 24km

An excellent and interesting ride with some relatively big climbs and a tricky, technical descent.

Route 8. Chesterfield

Distance: 16km

A gentle start through a country park before crossing a couple of brooks. There then follows a climb and a satisfying descent to Sheepbridge before roads and cycle way bring you back to the start.

Route 9. Goyt Valley from Roman Lakes

Distance: 10km

A good introduction for mountain bike beginners. 75% off road

Route 10. Hayfield

Distance: 27km

A varied route between Hayfield and Mellor. Includes some good technical and stamina tests.

Route 11. Holmbridge & Digley

Distance: 24km

Open hills, sheltered woods and reservoirs. Good off road sections.

Route 12. Holy Moor

Distance: 26km

A figure of 8 ride exploring the farm, wood and open moorland between Chesterfield and Baslow.

Route 13. Hope Valley & Edale

Distance: 23km

A route that crosses both limestone and gritstone country. Includes the very technical Cave Dale - it is not for the faint hearted and will be unrideable to most - especially as a climb which it is here.

Route 14. Langsett

Distance: 31km

A fine challenging ride through the hills on the extreme north-western edge of The Peak District, covering a wide and interesting variety of rideable terrain.

Route 15. Longstone Edge

Distance: 20km

A good poor weather route: the higher part of the route is fast and well surfaced with easy navigation, and the muddy sections are short.

Route 16. Lower Derwent Valley

Distance: 23km

This ride explores the lower Derwent Valley. A canal towpath, enjoyable bridleways with two good descents and a road section with a steep climb. The valley is very picturesque especially in Spring and Autumn.

Route 17. Monyash & Longnor

Distance: 50km

An excellent ride covering some spectacular and interesting terrain. The challenge lies more in its length rather than any sustained technical difficulty.

Route 18. Netherseal - Four Counties

Distance: 25km

A ride through rich rolling farmland and small red brick villages thats starts in the extreme south of Derbyshire then crosses into Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire. No steep hills but the route is quite demanding as many off roads are on field boundaries - best saved for a long dry spell.

Route 19. Penistone & Cawthorne

Distance: 28km

A straightforward route through attractive Yorkshire farmland on the NW edge of the Peak District. In dry conditions the rolling terrain and easy surfaces are kind to the mountain biker. However, like many 'lowland' routes, in wet conditions some of the trails become sticky so the ride requires significantly more time and energy.

Route 20. Shirley

Distance: 18km

Mainly easy field and track riding through farmland to the west of Derby. Although there are few hills on this ride, it does cover some interesting ground and this, plus the excellent pubs make it an enjoyable experience on a warm Summer evening.

Route 21. South Wingfield

Distance: 8km

A short and easy ride over Edge Moor and through Wingfield Park that makes for a pleasant evening or short day. Straightforward navigation and no real technical difficulty make this an ideal introduction for those new to off road cycling.

Route 22. Three Shires Head and Macclesfield Forest

Distance: 35km

A demanding and memorable ride through terrain as varied and interesting as the ride itself.

Route 23. Totley Moor

Distance: 17km

The area of the Peak District immediately west of Sheffield contains an unusual variety of scenery within a compact area. This route explores the region of fields, woods and open moorland on tracks and paths which vary as much as the landscape itself. Although relatively short this is quite a demanding ride but hugely enjoyable.

Route 24. Whaley Bridge

Distance: 26km

A very good ride over interesting and varied terrain. High moorland crossings with long climbs and descents. A good introduction to the joys of riding in the higher parts of the Peak.


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