Cycling & Mountain Biking
The Peak District – ‘the outdoor capital of England’ – has literally hundreds of miles of mountain biking and cycling trails just waiting to be discovered and Buxton is the perfect base from which to explore.
Much of the family-friendly cycling takes place along the trails which follow the tracks of former local railways. Routes such as the Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail start only a few miles to the south of Buxton at Parsley Hay (opposite the junction of the Youlgreave road with the A515), and offer excellent traffic-free cross-country routes which pass close to many pretty villages. Mountain biking tracks are found in the Hope Valley and Castleton, around the Goyt Valley, the Roman Lakes near Marple and across Kinder from Glossop or Hayfield.
The Monsal Trail
The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District’s most spectacular limestone dales. The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill in Clee Dale and Coombs Road in Bakewell.
The Sett Valley Trail
The Sett Valley Trail runs from Hayfield to New Mills, also along the route of the former railway. It is mostly fairly level cycling with some nice views, though much of the area is quite built-up.
Upper Derwent Valley
Further north, the Upper Derwent Valley is a popular venue for cyclists. A simple route from the Fairholmes Centre up the valley following the small road alongside the reservoirs is a pleasant ride – especially on Sundays when most traffic is banned. A circuit of the reservoirs is also a fine excursion.
Finally, in the south of the region, the area around Carsington Reservoir offers good opportunities for cycle rides. There is a marked-out trail around the reservoir which follows a mixture of cycle ways and small roads.
Trail 1 – Minninglow Circuit (10.5 miles)
Trail 2 – Buxton to Goyt Valley (22 kilometers)
Trail 3 – Buxton to Goyt Valley, Cat & Fiddle (10.5 miles)
Trail 4 – Hayfield Circuit (10 miles)
Trail 5 – Ashbourne to Matlock (20 miles)
Trail 6 – Buxton to Ashbourne (27 miles)
Trail 7 – Buxton to Castleton (15 miles)
Trail 8 – Castleton to Buxton (23 miles)
Trail 9 – Hayfield to Buxton (12 miles)
Eroica Britannia Festival
The Eroica Britannia Festival takes place over a long weekend in mid-June at Friden Grange (SK17 0DY) which is located just off of the A515 close by to Newhaven, Biggin & Hartington and a short drive from Buxton, Bakewell & Matlock. There are three cycle routes for the Classic Ride on the Sunday (also The World’s Most Handsome Bike Ride): 100 mile, 55 mile and 25 mile with all riders returning to a big ‘Welcome Home’ party with bars, food vendors and fairground rides. There is also a Family Ride on the Saturday.
2018 dates are 15th-17th June.
Peak Epic Sportive
The Peak Epic is one of the UK’s most challenging road cycling events. Comparable to the Fred Whitton and Dragon Ride.The ride starts and finishes from Lady Manners School in the beautiful Peak District market town of Bakewell. The truly epic long route ascends 4000m/ >13000ft in just 166km/ 103 miles, across the full breadth of Peaks taking in the Hope Valley, Edale, Chapel-en-le-Frith, The Goyt Valley/Cat & Fiddle, Macclesfield Forest, Axe Edge, Longnor and finally Lathkill Dale.
The majority of the ride is held on narrow country lanes away from the traffic filled A and B roads. The terrain is relentless, continuously up and down, twisting and turning leading to low average speeds e.g the average finish time last year for the long route was 9 hours. The Peak Epic is certainly not to be underestimated! In addition to the long route there is a Medium route.
2018 date is 3rd June.
Ordnance Survey – 1:25,000 Maps – Explorer Series
Ordnance Survey – 1:50,000 Maps – Landranger Series
Cycle Derbyshire maps can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre in the Pavilion Gardens.
Cycling routes: http://www.cressbrook.co.uk/outdoors/cycling.php
Peak District National Park Cycle Hire: http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/index/visiting/cycle.htm
Roman Lakes Leisure Park (http://www.romanlakes.co.uk/mountain_biking.htm)
Pennine Bridleway (http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/PennineBridleway/)
Mary Towneley Loop (http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/PennineBridleway/downloads.asp?PageId=37)
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team (http://www.buxtonmrt.org.uk/)
Peak District mountain bike guide books
Dark Peak Mountain Biking – VG Guidebooks
White Peak Mountain Biking – VG Guidebooks
The Peak District & Derbyshire Mountain Bike Guide – Ernest Press
Mountain Bike Guide – Derbyshire & The Peak District – Ernest Press
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