8 Great Places to Cycle in the Peak District; Accessible From Sheffield
The Peak District National Park is home to over 65 miles of off-road cycling trails, and provides access to limitless routes that you can plan and explore. There are so many fantastic areas to be discovered in the beautiful countryside that is right on the doorstep of Sheffield. Vast reservoirs, steep climbs, gentle streams and rolling slopes are just some of the characteristics that light up the Peak District, awaiting your exploration as a cyclist. Below is a guide to just eight of the many highlights on offer, with a mileage indicator when travelling from Sheffield city centre to each of these magnificent areas.
Bakewell – 17 miles
With access to both the Monsal trail and Matlock, there is plenty of scope to base the starting or finishing point of your route around Bakewell. This charming market town is surrounded by stunning countryside, and is enriched by the gentle River Wye which threads its way through the centre of the town. Visitors are able to combine admiration of the historical architecture and visits to local pubs and shops, with the glorious array of surrounding cycling trails on offer.
Snake Pass – 13 miles (to Bamford, Hathersage end)
The Snake Pass links Hathersage to Glossop, and is a common route for those visiting Manchester from Sheffield. You can set yourself up for a challenging and varied route from either end of the pass, with the guarantee of spectacular scenery and climbs to leave you breathless. You can design a route up to fifty miles long, whilst the Snake Pass Inn can provide you with a welcome breather along the way.
Monsal Trail – 17 miles
The tunnels around Monsal trail offer some of the most fascinating cycling routes in the country. The tunnels were recently redeveloped thanks to £2.25 million funding from the Department of Transport and are now lit and accessible from the Monsal trail. The route extends right from the outskirts of Buxton to the Bakwell area, and provides plenty of scope for a cycle route that encapsulates both the countryside and the history of the surrounding area.
Chatsworth – 14 miles
The grounds of Chatsworth encompass all that is great about the Peak District. The surrounding area is filled with excellent places to cycle, and Chatsworth itself is a great place to begin and end your ride if you hope to continue your day out before or after you cycle. The gardens, stately house, farm shop and the river flowing through the grounds are just some of the local highlights. Bakewell and Chesterfield are in close proximity.
Derwent Valley – 15 miles
The picturesque scenery and spectacular panoramic views make the trails in the surrounding area a must for countryside cycling enthusiasts. The Wye valley and Monsal trail are just two of the nearby areas that can be visited or incorporated into your route. The surrounding reservoirs make for unique highlights that you can bring in as breathtaking moments that stand out along the route you choose.
Ladybower –23 miles
Take in the views of the Ladybower reservoir and cycle through varying landscapes to really get the most out of this fascinating section of the Peak District. Trails passing through woodland areas and roads that climb steeply in certain areas ensure that visitors are able to gain access to both the spectacular and varied sides of the Peak District. You can cycle along an old Roman Road and go of the main routes to delve right into the heart of the local countryside.
Stanage Edge – 9 miles
Here cyclers can come and explore right on the outskirts of the city, and there is scope to plan a route that takes you from the wilderness of the Peak District down into some of the most charming suburbs of Sheffield. Woodland, rivers and rocky ridges are just some of a number of reasons that make this such an attractive proposition for cyclists looking to expand their plethora of routes. The variation on offer ensures that repeat visits will be a must.
White Peak – 33 miles
The White Peak area provides huge scope for exploration of cycle routes, right in the heart of some incredible limestone scenery. Winding lanes connect an array of quaint villages, which can provide stop off points along your route for a drink, rest or somewhere to eat. Stanton Moor and Alstonefield are both nearby. The area is further afield from many of these other selections, but the hour or so journey is more than worth your while
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