As we continue to provide our readership with a database for Peak District cycling; here are a few places to the North of the Peak District that would provide a great start or end point for a cycle ride.
There’s plenty of variety between each of the chosen locations, with the changing landscape of the wonderful Peak District countryside ensuring that no route is ever the same. Whether you’re visiting from further afield; or just looking for a local cycle route, read on for our 5 chosen locations.
Holme 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.
Both 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.
Situated 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.
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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.
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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