Peak District Cycling

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.

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Peak District Cycling Locations

Ashbourne

tissington-trail-cyclingAshbourne 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

derwent-cyclingCastleton 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.

 

Dunford Bridge

dunford-bridge-cyclingSet 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.

 

Buxton

buxton-cyclingSouth 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.

 

Glossop

snake-pass-cyclingActually 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.

 

Holme

ramsden-reservoir-peak-district-cyclingHolme is located right at the North-Eastern tip of the Peak District; and is close by to some of the best cycling the Peak District has to offer. With charming cafes and friendly locals it’s a great place to start or end your ride.

The stunning climb of Holme Moss is right on the doorstep; and is well worth encompassing into any ride round here. Widely touted as the highlight of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France; the breathtaking platform it provides for unrivalled views makes it truly unmissable.

For a gentle circular route, you can cycle out past 4 reservoirs – Brownhill, Ramsden, Riding Wood and Yateholme – via Brownhill Lane. That will bring you back down through Holme Wood to complete a short, varied route that would be better suited to less experienced cyclists than an attempt on the challenging Holme Moss.

 

Saddleworth Moor

saddleworth-moor-cyclingBoth the A635 and the A628 traverse the Saddleworth Moor area; which provides some great high-level views over the northern side of the Peak District. There is potential for a number of circular routes around the Saddleworth Moor area, with Holme, Meltham, Marsden, Greenfield, Tintwistle and Glossop all within easy reach of this fantastic section of countryside.

For a decent sized cycle you can start at Greenfield and head East across the A635 through Saddleworth Moor. About 6 miles in you’ll see the only left turn since Greenfield appear on your left. Take this turn up Wessenden Head Road to Meltham.

From Meltham cycle to Marsden via the B6107 – which traverses the top end of Saddleworth Moor – and wind your way back down toward Greenfield via Uppermill.

 

Crowden

crowden-peak-district-cyclingSituated just above the Woodhead Reservoir group, Crowden is a small hamlet town that’s perfectly located as a base for some fantastic Peak District cycling. We’ve already covered the group of neighbouring reservoirs extensively on the Wheelie Good Guys site; and for more on cycling around them you can see our Peak District cycling directory.

Alternatively, Glossop, Brookfield and Hollingworth can all passed through in a reasonably sized circular route to and from Crowden. Each of those places has their own charms to offer and could be worth a visit part way through your ride.

 

 

Bradfield

bradfield-peak-district-cyclingTo the north-western edge of Sheffield city centre is Bradfield, which is conveniently located as a starting point for a cycle route for those living in the Sheffield and Barnsley areas.

For the 2014 Tour de France, Bradfield was a particular popular place to stop for visiting fans. The campsites that were set up all benefited from the wonderful countryside in the area; which naturally lent itself to the occasion.

Damflask Reservoir, Agden Reservoir and Dale Dike Reservoir are all in close proximity to Bradfield and there are endless possibilities for potential cycles – Langsett, Ladybower and Oughtibridge – another location visited by the 2014 Tour de France – are all within realistic reach.

 

Little Hayfield

kinder-scout-peak-district-cyclingLittle Hayfield is a small hamlet to the west of Kinder Scout; which can be found at the top end of the Peak District National Park. Glossop is to the north; and can be reached via the A624.

For a truly challenging ride starting and ending in Little Hayfield you can aim for a circular route via Marple; with New Mills and Charlesworth providing the other geographical landmarks along the way.

After a cycle like that you’ll need to refuel; and the Lantern Pike Inn could provide the perfect means for you to do just that. Having forged an excellent reputation in the local area, its homely atmosphere and hearty food could be just the tonic for your weary body.

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Peak District Cycling Routes

3 Routes From Glossop

Situated just outside the north-western boundary of the Peak District, Glossop is perfectly located as a start and end point for some fantastic Peak District cycling routes. Positioned right at the western end of the Snake Pass, Glossop is within easy reach of Stockport and Manchester; whilst it’s also not too far from Sheffield.

We’ve come up with 3 great circular routes to start and end in Glossop, which provide scope for cyclists of varying ability levels. For each route we’ve given an estimated time and suggested a couple of great places to stop along your journey.

Route 1 – Via Holmfirth

Distance – 34 miles

Locations along route: Glossop, Torside Reservoir, Holme, Holmfirth, Greenfield, Mossley, Stalybridge, Mottram in Longdendale.

peak-district-cycling-near-holmfirthThe second of our longer Glossop Peak District cycling suggestions takes you out via one of the highlight places from this year’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France; Holmfirth.

From the Star Inn opposite Glossop train station follow Howard Street left until you reach Norfolk Street (B6105). Take the left at that T-junction and follow the B6105 for 5 miles to its finish – over that time you’ll enter the countryside and pass Torside Reservoir on your left.

The B6105 finishes with a T-junction at the A628, where you’ll need to take a right turn. Follow the A628 for less than a mile – with Woodhead Reservoir to your right – and take the first left you come to, which is the A6024 to Holmfirth.

Follow the A6024 for 9 miles, all the way down into Holmfirth. Enjoy the fantastic scenery hear as you descend down the lower reaches of the ‘Holme Moss climb’ which was traversed in the opposite direction by the peloton of the 2014 Tour de France.

As the A6024 winds down into Holmfirth you’ll first pass through Holme, then Holmbridge, until you eventually reach Holmfirth. Once you’re in Holmfirth, take a left turn onto Greenfield Road (A635).

That left turn comes as the A6024 merges with the A635, just before Stoneygate house. Once you’re on the A635 that will take you all the way out to Greenfield; over about 10 miles. You’ll cycle through some fantastic high-level Peak District countryside along the way, before you emerge outside the Peak District Boundary a couple of miles before Greenfield.

Just before you reach Greenfield, the Holmfirth Road end of the A635 will end at a small roundabout. Simply take the first exit which will see you continue straight, still on the A635, but now the Manchester Road section of it.

The A635 will take you through Mossley and Heyrod over about 5 miles. Just before you reach Stalybridge you’ll pass Primrose Wood on your right, after about 4.5 of those 5 miles. Just after Primrose Wood the A635 will sweep round a bend to the right.

As the road straightens out it will reach a small mini-roundabout; where you’ll want to bear left down Stamford Street (A6018). Follow the A6018 2.5 miles down to its finish in Mottram in Longdendale.

At the T-junction at the end of the A6018 take a left turn onto the A57. Follow the A57 for about 3.5 miles down back into Glossop to complete your circular route.

Break suggestion: Stop in at the Cornerhouse cafe in Holmfirth to refuel before the trek back on your return journey.

Route 2 – Via Torside Reservoir

Distance – 17 miles

Locations along route: Glossop, Torside Reservoir, Rhodeswood Reservoir, Valehouse Reservoir, Bottoms Reservoir, Tintwistle, Hollingworth, Brookfield

peak-district-cycling-torside-reservoirThe initial stage of this route is the same to the one above – that information is placed in this route below as well. This Peak District cycling route is more suited to those who don’t have as much time on their hands. It still ventures out into the fringes of the Peak District.

From the Star Inn opposite Glossop train station follow Howard Street left until you reach Norfolk Street (B6105). Take the left at that T-junction and follow the B6105 for 5 miles to its finish – over that time you’ll enter the countryside and pass Torside Reservoir on your left.

The B6105 finishes with a T-junction at the A628, where on this journey you’ll need to take a left turn onto the A628. As you wait at that junction Woodhead Reservoir will be to your right.

After turning left onto the A628, follow that road for about 5 miles into Hollingworth. You’ll pass 4 more reservoirs along your journey down the A628 on your right hand side – Torside, Rhodeswood, Valehouse and then Bottoms.

After you’ve gone past Bottoms Reservoir – the final one out of the group of 4 the A628 will veer to the right gently. You’ll soon pass another Resevoir – Arnfield – this time on your right. As you come into Hollingworth, stay on the A628 until you see the Smithy Surgery on your right.

Take a left at the crossroads immediately after the Smithy Surgery down Woolley Lane (A57). Continue to the mini-roundabout just after you cross the River Etherow and take the 1st exit right to continue on the A57; which will take you back through Glossop to your start point.

Break suggestion: Relax with a drink on the banks of Torside Reservoir and take in some of the fantastic views on offer.

Route 3 – Via Hope Valley

Distance – 36 miles

Locations on route: Glossop, Hayfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Castleton, Hope, Bamford, Ladybower Reservoir, Snake Pass

snake-pass-peak-district-cyclingThe longest of the 3 routes in this article circumnavigates the fringes of the Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve; and take in some great views of the Peak District in the process.

From the Star Inn opposite Glossop train station follow Howard Street left until you reach Norfolk Street (B6105) – take a right turn onto the B6105. You’ll shortly reach a crossroad, where you need to simply head straight over onto what is now Victoria Street (A624).

Follow the A624 through Charlestown, then Chunal, and past Little Hayfield on your right. It will then pass through Hayfield, Chinley Head and Chapel Milton before it reaches the fringes of Chapel-en-le-Frith. The journey distance on the A624 from Glossop to Chapel-en-le-Frith is about 9 miles.

Just after you pass through Chapel Milton you’ll reach a roundabout, where you’ll need to take the 1st exit to continue on the A624. You’ll then quickly come to another roundabout; where this time you’ll need to take the 3rd exit onto the A6.

Follow the A6 (Buxton Road) to the next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto the A623. After about 1.5 miles you’ll reach Sparrowpit, where the A623 bends sharply round to the right at Wanted Inn. Instead of following the A623, continue forward left down the A6187.

This will take you towards the Castleton Caves. Now you’ll simply need to continue along the A6187 for about 10 miles to Hope Valley. You’ll pass through Castleton and hope along the way. Just as you reach Hope Valley you’ll need to take a left turn up Sickleholme (A6013) at the traffic lights.

You’ll pass Bamford station on your right and then through Bamford itself as you continue all the way up and along the A6013 until you reach Ladybower Reservoir. As you reach the T-junction at the end of A6013 you’ll have just passed the right fringe of Ladybower on your left.

Take a left turn at the T-junction onto the Snake Pass (A57). This will now present the longest section of your journey, as you stay on the A57 all the way up into the Peak District before you descend back into Glossop.

Break suggestion: Take a breather in Castleton just before the halfway point of your journey. Why not stop in at the Rose Cottage Cafe for a quick refuel whilst you’re there?

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Ladybower, Derwent and Howden Reservoir Group

peak-district-cycling-howden2As one of the picturesque highlights of the Peak District cycling countryside, it only seems right to dedicate more column inches to cycling around the Ladybower reservoir group; which also includes Howden reservoir and Derwent reservoir.

With the weather set to be cloudy with sunny breaks – and no rain in site – there is potential for long and short cycle routes; depending on the sort of time that you have available. The reservoirs can be brought into a simple circular route; but there is also plenty of potential to extend that.

Highlights surrounding the reservoirs include the three impressive dams; which provide water to residents of Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. Derwent Reservoir’s construction actually required the sacrifice of Derwent village – the remains can be seen during dry summers.

The Derwent Reservoir and dam are also particularly famous for their use in the RAF’s Second World War dambuster flying trying. The entirety of the area surrounding the 3 monolithic hubs of water is aesthetically stunning; with the sprawling moors of Howden and Derwent particularly eye-catching.

3 Reservoirs Circular Cycling Route

peak-district-cycling-stanage2The National Trust listed ‘Three Reservoirs’ 18-mile cycle route is a great starting suggestion for those looking for a reasonable distance to cycle. Their website estimates the time of the ride to be around 2 hours; but that is likely to be shorter for more seasoned cyclists.

With recently improved paths, the route has plenty of appeal for trail enthusiasts. Starting out from Fairholmes car park, you can simply cycle left out of the car park towards Derwent Reservoir.

Continue alongside Derwent Reservoir until you reach Howden Reservoir; where the path will turn to a limestone surface. Further on, you will reach the ‘Slippery Stones’; where you’ll find that the path turns back on itself.

It will cross over to the other side of Howden; where you’ll find the decent back towards Ladybower and the A57. Spreading the distance of the entire reservoir group; simply cycle down until you reach the A57 at the base of Ladybower Resevoir. From that point, follow the path around and back up to your start point at Fairholme.

Getting to the Reservoirs Via Sheffield – 2 Options

peak-district-cycling-derwent2Whilst the Visitor Centre there is a good starting point to base a ride for those coming from further afield by car; Ladybower is readily within reach of Sheffield for those wishing to ditch their motor for the day. Cycling out from the Steel City and then attempting the circular route is a challenge more suited to experienced riders, but it’s certainly doable.

Starting out from the top of Millhouses Road at the Ecclesall bus terminus – towards the top of Ecclesall Road – there are 2 notable routes that you can choose to cycle out along. Handily, this start point also provides access for those coming by bus.

Via Burbage

From the Ecclesall bus terminus, cycle up Knowle Lane; where the road will merge with Ringinglow Road – you’ll just need to carry straight on. You’ll then simply need to keep following Ringinglow Road all the way out to Burbage Edge (about 5 miles).

Once you begin the descent, you’ll pass Burbage West on your left. At the base of the incline take the right fork out on The Dale. This will wind gently round through woodland, but before The Dale sharply bends left, take the first right up an unmarked track.

Follow this track for ¾ of a mile and again take the first right onto Long Causeway. Keep following Long Causeway, which will arch round on itself. Again, take the first right that presents itself at the top of Bolehill Wood, onto New Road.

Stay on New Road until it finishes at a T-junction where it meets Ashopton Road. Turn right onto Ashopton Road and follow that straight out towards Ladybower Reservoir; which will quickly present itself on your left. You can then cycle the circular reservoir route from that point, or head to Fairholme Visitor Centre and start from there instead.

Via Hathersage

Again starting from Ecclesall bus terminus, this time follow Ecclesall Road out towards the Peak District. You’ll pass through Whirlow and then via the top end of Dore, but you’ll simply need to carry straight out along Ecclesall Road for some distance, as it becomes Hathersage Road.

Both the top end of Ecclesall Road and then Hathersage Road are all part of the A625. Cycle along from your starting point for 5 miles until you reach the Fox House pub. By now the A625 will have become the A6187, and just after the pub it will bend right.

Again, just stay on that road, and follow it out towards Hathersage – about another 2 miles. Cycle on through Hathersage village and the road will again change, this time into Castleton Road.

Follow Castleton Road for about a mile until Station Road appears on your right, next to a set of traffic lights. Take that right turn, and you’ll quickly see Bamford station on your right. Follow Station Road – which will turn to Ashopton Road – straight, all the way out to Ladybower Reservoir.

Similarly to with the route via Stanage Edge, you now have the choice to either head to the Fairholme Visitor Centre to start your circular route round the reservoirs, or just to start from the base of Ladybower.

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Snake Pass/Woodhead Circular Route

– Start in Glossop and head out along Woodhead Road (B6105). Follow the road across the width of Woodhead Reservoir until it meets the A628.

glossop-cycling– Turn right at the A628 and follow it along until the next left turn – the A6024. This is still Woodhead Road, cand it can be followed all the way down into Holmfirth.

– When you reach Holmfirth, you’ll pass Victoria Park on you’re left. As you reach this point, take a right turn onto Victoria Street. You’ll quickly reach a crossroads, where you’ll want to head straight over onto Dunford Road (B6106). This will become Penistone Road, then Flint Lane, then Bents Road; but you simply stay on it all the way until you reach the crossroads of Whams Road.

– Here, take a right turn and follow Whams Road (A616) through Hazlehead. At the roundabout, head straight over and continue along the A616 until you reach Langsett. Take the right turn just after Langsett Reservoir along Midhope Cliff Lane across the base of the water.

– Follow Midhope Cliff Lane until you reach Midhope Lane, where you’ll need to take a right turn. Quickly, you’ll need to take the first left onto Stocks Lane; and then again take the first left onto Low Moor Lane. Continue straight until you reach a t-junction.

midhope-lane-cycling– At the t-junction, take a right onto Mortimer Road. Simply follow this road for some time until you reach the A57; where you’ll need to take a right turn.

– From this point follow the A57 along the whole of the Snake Pass. This last section of the journey is probably more than a third of the entire route distance, so expect to be on it for some time!

 

 

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Sheffield to Longshaw Estate

If you just want to swing by the event and incorporate it into a longer cycle; we’ve come up with a unique route to allow you to reach the event from Sheffield and carry on as you wish, with the Peak District as your oyster.

Starting Point – Whirlow, Sheffield

Distance – 6 ¾ Miles from Parkhead to Longshaw

Starting from the Toby Carvery pub on Eccelsall Road South (A625); follow the road out towards Hathersage through Whirlow. Shortly before you exit Whirlow and the start of a 50mph zone, take a left turn down Limb Lane.

Follow Limb Lane for 0.2 miles until you reach Parkers Lane. Take a right turn up Parkers Lane. Carry on along Parker Lane for 0.1 miles before turning right again onto Causeway Head Road. Continue to follow the road as it meets Cross Lane and bears right.

At the end of Cross Lane you’ll reach a crossroads. Head straight over on to Long Line. Follow Long Line to its summit, before taking a left turn on Sheephill Road. Follow Sheephill Road for 0.3 miles before taking the first right at the track on Jumble Road.

Bear left up the track for 1.7 miles until you reach a crossroads, where you’ll need to turn left along the Houndkirk Road track. Follow it all the way down until it reaches Hathersage Road (A6187); where you’ll need to head straight on.

Follow Hathersage Road down towards the Fox House Pub, briefly bearing right before immediately taking the path on your left before you’ve even properly turned the bend.  You can then follow the path all the way down to Longshaw Estate, which will arrive on your left.

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Peak District Cycling Cafes With Route Advice

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:

Amici and Bici

abbeydale-road-peak-district-cycling-cafeA 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.

Address:

220 Abbeydale Road,

Sheffield,

S7 1FL

Opening times:

Monday-Friday: 7.30-18.30

Saturday: 10-17:00

Sunday: 10-16:00

Access to the Peak District:

baslow-road-peak-district-cyclingAbbeydale 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.

Bank View Cafe

bank-view-peak-district-cycling-cafeWith 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.

Address:

Bank View Cafe

Langsett

S36 4GY

Opening times:

Monday-Sunday: 09:00-17:00

Access to the Peak District:

langsett-reservoir-peak-district-cyclingIt’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.

 

From this point, you can explore the new bridleways and travel as far as you wish into the countryside.

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