Stunning scenery and challenging rides have been attracting people towards Peak District cycling for decades. The panoramic countryside on offer is particularly convenient for residents of the neighbouring city of Sheffield; and some charming cycling cafes have blossomed in the Steel City and its surrounding area as a result.
Cafes and cycling have often proved a popular match; with coffee, cake and socialising the common themes behind that success. Amici and Bici and Bank View Cafe are 2 examples in the cycling Sheffield area of those ideas working in practice.
Specifically designed for cyclists, they both offer their own unique charms:
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Amici and Bici
A fairly recent business venture, Amici and Bici opened on Abbeydale Road last year. Billed as a ‘cafe and social’; they serve food and coffee in a cycling-themed interior. The name of the cafe translates to ‘Friends and Bikes’; capturing the ideals of this appealing cafe perfectly.
With locally sourced ingredients – and cakes and food handmade on site – it’s easy to see why this cafe has been such a hit with local cyclists. Importantly, Amici and Bici also offer a secure rack to lock up your bike – with lots of locks to borrow if needed.
There’s plenty of cycling reading material and lots of cycling memorabilia – such as retro jerseys and art – which all go towards enhancing the intended atmosphere. Perks include the big screen TV broadcasting cycling from around the globe and free Wi-Fi.
220 Abbeydale Road,
Access to the Peak District:
Abbeydale Road has great connections to both the centre of Sheffield in a north-easterly direction; and the Peak District in a south-westerly direction. Following Abbeydale Road out towards the Peak District will see you pass through the gentle suburbs of Millhouses and Dore.
You can stay on Abbeydale Road – which turns to Abbeydale Road South – all the way out to the countryside as it turns to Baslow Road just past Totley. From there, there are so many potential routes to follow.
One good suggestion is to head onto the roundabout as you reach the top of Baslow Road; and take the fourth right up the B6054. After following this for a couple of miles, you take the right across Stony Ridge Road. At the end of Stony Ridge Road turn right again onto the A6187 and follow this back down into Dore.
Shortly after the Door Moor Inn, take a right down Cross Lane, and follow that road without taking any turns off all the way down through Dore and back down to Abbeydale Road. From there simply take the left turn and cycle back to Amici and Bici.
This route can be extended out towards Longshaw Estate, Hathersage and Chatsworth; depending on your cycling ability and the amount of time that you have spare to cycle.
If you don’t fancy heading out into the countryside itself you can follow Abbeydale Road up towards Ecclesall Woods; where you can turn right, cycle up to Ecclesall Road South and follow that all the way to Carterknowle Road. From there you can cycle all the way down Carterknowle Road back to Abbeydale Road to complete a decently-sized circular route.
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Bank View Cafe
With Peak District cycling all around, it’s little wonder that Bank View Cafe in Langsett regularly proves to be a popular spot with local cyclists. Perfect for a nice warm beverage before or after cycling at nearby highlights such as Langsett Reservoir, the location really sells this cafe.
Earlier this year, the cafe cleverly rebranded itself with striking polka dots reminiscent of the famous King of the Mountains jersey from the Tour de France. The cafe was passed by the peloton as they descended down from the hills of the Peak District into Sheffield towards the end of Stage 2 of the 2014 Grand Depart.
This family-run cafe is particularly popular with both walkers and cyclists thanks to its great setting; and it makes for a good marker to start and end a circular ride. They also stock a range of cycling spares; as well as guides and maps.
Bank View Cafe
Access to the Peak District:
It’s bang on the doorstep. With potential routes in all directions you’ll never be short of a challenge, and the panoramic scenery is sure to tempt you to revisit. Access from the north end of Sheffield via the Stocksbridge bypass makes the cycle-able from the Steel City, but it’s also readily reachable from Barnsley, Huddersfield and Glossop.
The neighbouring Langsett Reservoir provides a picturesque central point for a gentle circular ride, with woodland, rolling moors and the village of Langsett all part of a 7-mile route that can be incorporated into a longer cycle either from Sheffield; or as a detour from another ride.
Midhope Reservoir and Underbank Reservoir are both to the west of Langsett; and can be incorporated into a larger circular route for those looking for more of a challenge – the A616 where Bank View Cafe is located runs adjacent to the base of each of the 3 reservoirs in the Sheffield direction.
This allows you to cut up between either of the other two reservoirs and cycle back along the other side of them back up towards Bank View Cafe – it just depends on the sort of ride that you’re looking to do.
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If you know of any great cafes in the Sheffield area that cyclists could try – or routes for Peak District cycling – we’d love to hear from you so we can share them with the Wheelie Good Guys cycling audience. Alternatively, if you have any images from cycling in the Peak District – or further afield – that you’re particularly fond of, send them over.
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