Providing information on Peak District cycling is something that we’re well placed to do at Wheelie Good Guys. Based in Sheffield, the countryside is right on our doorstep and we regularly stumble across great new routes. With over 65 miles of off-road cycling trails in the Peak District, there is no shortage of potential for limitless new rides.
Rolling hillside, testing slopes and vast reservoirs can all be incorporated into scenic countryside routes, but with so much choice it can be difficult to best narrow down your choice of where to go cycling in the area.
That’s why we aim to share our knowledge of the local area with our audience, opening up plenty of potential routes to our readers and ensuring that they can do some great cycling in the process.
So make sure you keep coming back to us to for plenty more routes; and if you have any suggestions of your own we’d be delighted to hear from you and share them on Wheelie Good Guys.
Ashbourne is a quaint, cobbled market town placed right on the southerly edge of the Peak District. The area has links to plenty of trails suitable for riders of varying abilities; including the Tissington Trail – a linear cycle route which traverses a former railway line.
Beginning with a spectacular 350 metre tunnel out of the Ashbourne area, the Tissington Trail passes through Alsop and Hartington and is 13 miles or so in length. It later joins with the High Peak Trail near Parsley Hay. The sweeping hillsides of White Peak help provide a particularly spectacular backdrop to the route, ensuring that repeat visits are likely.
Those wishing to cycle a longer route can continue further along the Peak Trail; whilst there are also many surrounding dales which can present a far greater challenge for more experienced cyclists.
Castleton is another charming Peak District location which has access to a number of stunning cycling trails. From Castelton you can cycle up to the Derwent Moors – and base a circular route around a group of beautifully picturesque reservoirs – Ladybower, Derwent and Howden.
There is plenty of off-road cycling there for those who wish to be away from the roads, whilst the scenery is truly breathtaking. The sprawling waters of Ladybower reservoir in particular are a joy to behold. If that’s not your cup of tea an alternative route could see you head north-west of Castleton, out through Edale valley and up towards Edale Moor.
There really is no shortage of choice – whatever your riding ability there is plenty of scope for you here. Don’t forget to check out Castleton itself, as well as the nearby caves of Peak Cavern.
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Set slightly apart from civilisation – to the north-west of Sheffield city centre – Dunford Bridge perfect for some escape Peak District cycling. The quaint hamlet lies amongst dense moorland – just beneath Winscar Reservoir – and was once home to a thriving industrial station.
Those rail connections have left behind the isolated former Woodhead rail line, which you can follow along the east of the Pennines to reach Penistone. The linear route can be cycled from the other direction too; and provides a great way to experience the wild Peak District countryside.
For a taste of the Tour de France you can instead cycle from Dunford Bridge to Holmfirth, which is only about 5 miles away. If you take in the famous Holme Moss climb – which was perhaps the highlight of the Grand Depart – you can work together a truly spectacular loop of cycling.
South of Chapel-en-le-Frith, Buxton is excellently placed amongst miles of cycling routes. One good option is to head out from Buxton on the A5004 to Fernlee Reservoir. You can follow the road out to take a right along Manchester Road towards Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Once you reach Chapel-en-le-Frith; you’ll be able to cycle through it and then take a right down Buxton Road back towards your start point. That circular route will take in some excellent views over about 20 miles, with limitless potential to widen the journey.
Alternatively you can head out East towards Ashford in the Water; or even West towards Macclesfield. Ashboune, Hollinsclough and Longnor are to the South. The Pavilion Gardens are a particular highlight of Buxton itself, with over 23 acres of restored grounds.
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Actually just outside the border of the Peak District, Glossop is particularly convenient for those in Manchester and Stockport. You won’t be short on choice for cycling here, with options in 3 different directions.
The Snake Pass winds east out of Glossop – right into the heart of the countryside towards Sheffield – making its way out towards the beautiful Ladybower Reservoir. If you’d rather cycle north of Glossop you can head up Woodhead Road towards the Woodhead Reservoir group.
Or, if you’d rather head in a southerly direction you can cycle towards Little Hayfield, with Kinder Reservoir just to the east of that location. Both of those places can provide a geographical landmark on an alternative route.
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These are just a few locations throughout the Peak District that can provide a start or end point to some fantastic cycling in the countryside. If you have some routes of your own that you’d like to share with the Wheelie Good Guys articles please send us some information over and we’ll get them published.
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