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Cycling In Peak District

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Peak District

Because of its central geographical location, the Peak District is one of the most accessible places to head to for an outdoor adventure in the UK. In the five hundred and fifty plus square miles it encompasses, there's no shortage of opportunities to practice all sorts of outdoor activities.Famous for its limestone crags like High Tor and Windgather Rocks, and Gritstone climbs, the Peak's attracts climbers, abseilers and boulderers of all levels to test their skills on the hundreds of climbing routes throughout the district. As beautiful below ground as it is above, the Peak District is also a popular spot for caving with Speedwell Caverns being a great starting place for novices to the sport. The River Derwent among others, is a magnet for watersports enthusiasts who want to participate in canoeing, kayaking or rafting and has several excellent spots for wild swimming.
Cycling in Peak District with families

Cycling In Peak District

There is a wealth of stunning cycling available - both on and off-road - with guided tours in plentiful supply to help you make the most of the area. For gentle and family-friendly routes try out such routes as the Manifold Trail or the High Peak Trail. Road cyclists are well served with some stunning backdrops and epic climbs (try Curbar Edge or Winnats Pass for two great examples, the latter being one of the most beautiful and atmospheric climbs in the National Park). Mountain bikers meanwhile have an almost endless choice. Ladybower Reservoir, Jacob’s Ladder, the Eastern Moors, Stanage Edge..the list goes on of breathtaking places to bike here. Pick from full on days up and down the hills, or more gentle rides alongside rivers in their steep-sided valleys, whatever your preference and fitness there’s bound to be something perfect for you here, and plenty of hire and guiding available to help you on your way.## Family Cycle Trails in the Peak District
  • Monsal Trail, 8.5 miles from Bakewell to Blackwell Mill: a great flat route running along the former Midland railway line, with some fun long tunnels too. Views can be limited, but can be spectacular when you get them, for example from the viaduct overlooking the Wye Valley or the wild and tranquil Chee Dale.
  • Manifold Trail, 9 miles from Waterhouses to Hulme End: touted as the ‘Little Switzerland of Staffordshire’ for its extremely picturesque valley, it’s not wonder this is a popular ride. Make sure to stop off at Thor’s Cave on your way past too!
  • Tissington Trail, 13 miles from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne: whilst the surrounding uplands, pasture and woodland are undoubtedly fine, one of the stars of this ride is the village of Tissington itself, with its Jacobean hall, gorgeous cottages, duckpond and Norman church. Some fantastic tea rooms are on offer on the route too!
  • High Peak Trail, 17.5 miles from Dowlow near Buxton to High Peak junction, Cromford: if you like your vistas big and wide this is for you, as the disused railway track cuts across the top of the uplands on its way through a landscape dotted with evidence of its industrial past. A stunning and interesting ride, if you’re going to do it one way (it’s a big ride to go both ways), then we’d suggest starting at the Parsley Hay end, as it’s mostly downhill all the way!
  • Carsington Loop, 8 miles: for a shorter ride but one with a bit more gradient in it and a lakeside backdrop, this trail around Carsington Water is a great family ride.

Road Cycling in Peak District

Road Cycling in the Peak District

The Peak District has a good network of roads criss-crossing the landscape, though significantly more so in the White Peak area in the southern half. Here you can meander through the rolling hills and dales, sometimes enclosed and getting a great sense of the immediate environment so you can smell the flowers and hear the rivers and various fauna, and at other time out in the open with glorious sweeping vistas. The Dark Peak area has less smaller country lanes, but what roads it does have offer some fantastic views over the high heather-clad moorlands. In the south in particular there are many great circular loops to be enjoyed, with the following areas making ideal bases and having many options to stop on route at pubs or cafes!
  • Ashbourne: if you like your countryside full of rolling hills and beautiful estate villages then you’re in luck here. Perched on the southern tip of the National Park routes from Ashbourne can include areas such as the stunning limestone gorges of Dovedale, Carsington Lake, and for a long ride head over to the Roaches and back.
  • Buxton and Tideswell: these two places make a great central location in the White Peak area. Tideswell is home to the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ with it’s impressive church, whilst Buxton is a lovely spa town and home to a few popular summer festivals. The area surrounding them has some great variety, from high moorland to limestone dales and some lovely quiet roads in amongst it all.
  • Hathersage: tucked into the eastern edge of the Dark Peak and not far from Sheffield, Hathersage offers a great base from which to explore the wilder Dark Peak area, with the spectacular gritstone edges (in particular Stanage Edge) making an inspiring backdrop.
  • Tour de Peak District: if you don’t want to limit your options then why not just do it all?! The Tour de Peak District is a superb multi-day route following the boundaries of the National Park. At 150 miles and a total ascent/descent of 6235m it’s achievable in between 2-5 days depending on your fitness and how much time you’d like to spend exploring the stop-offs in more detail!

Mountain Biking in Peak District

Mountain Biking in the Peak District

The Peak District National Park has a fantastic range of cross country mountain biking routes, though if you’re looking for man-made downhill trails you won’t find these here. What you will find is mile upon mile of stunning scenery, a lot of up and down, and some pretty technical descents at times too. But the views. Oh the views.
  • Castleton and Mam Tor: this area includes some of the most testing terrain in the Peak District, both in terms of hill climbs and technical riding.
    Ladybower: starting from the Derwent Information Centre there are some great offroad trails offering spectacular views of the reservoir and surrounding peaks. Many of the trails are rocky so be prepared to work your arms pretty hard too!
  • Hope Valley: some iconic riding here and make sure to include the trails of Blacka Moor Plantation and Lady Canning’s Plantation, returning on the Stanage Edge Trail for some great views too.
  • Bakewell: for some more chilled out off-roading try some of the many routes around Bakewell in the White Peak area. Head north towards Stoney Middleton for some lovely trails and views towards Chatsworth.

Cycling Near You

It’s easy to find cycling activities near you. Already got a bike? Head to one of the National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and explore the areas. Whilst route planning can help make the most of your cycle, to see the best routes and avoid busy roads, there’s something refreshing about just jumping on the bike with no route planned and the freedom to explore where you wish! Alternatively, join a guided cycling or mountain biking group by browsing through our listings where you’ll be shown the best routes, meet a bunch of like-minded people and even pick up some mountain biking skills along the way!
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Mountain Bike Experience Days

For the best Mountain Bike Experience Days check out our listings but be sure to get a level that’s suitable for you. They’ll either be mentioned as suitable for beginners or as advance, or will specifically reference the Mountain Bike Trail Grading System that outlines the type of terrain and difficulty. Green routes are easy, flat and accessible for most. Blue are moderate routes, elevation and with some basic off-roading. Red routes are graded as ‘hard’ with some steep elevation, drop-offs, bigger rocks with varying terrain types and water crossings, with a good level of stamina required. Black mountain biking routes deemed severe with unavoidable challenging terrain, tracks and down-hill sections suitable for those capable of the most physically demanding sports and previous mountain biking experience.
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Cycling, Biking and Backpacking Adventure Holidays

A relatively new multi-day adventure activity has arisen - bikepacking. Bikepacking has become increasingly popular as a means of touring areas with bikes, whilst carrying all your kit, being self-sufficient. Often with camping in between, it’s a great way to see a larger area over walking and still feeling the sense of adventure. Alternatively, get back to basics with normal road bikes (or e-bikes for those who want to take it easier). Mountain Biking Adventure Weekends are also a great way to get more remote than road cycling and pick up new skills. From the stunning coastal Cornish paths, to the remote Scottish highlands, explore more for Cycling Adventure Holidays in UK

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