Heatwave conditions have basked the UK in sunshine at times this summer; with some forecasters tipping record highs over the next few weeks. With that in mind, what better way to celebrate the good weather than to get on your bike and hit the countryside?
With over 65 miles of off-road cycling trails; the Peak District is home to some of the finest cycling routes this country has to offer; and as locals, we’re well placed to offer advice on some great places to cycle in the area.
It’s something that we consistently continue to do here at the Wheelie Good Guys; as cycling continues to grow in the Sheffield and surrounding areas. So keep coming back to www.wheelie-good-guys.co.uk to see new routes and share those that you’ve discovered.
A good challenge would be the Snake Pass/Holme Moss circular route; parts of which were visited by this year’s Tour de France on the day of Stage 2. The route encompasses two potential difficult climbs depending on how you cycle it; and stretches about 50 miles – providing plenty of challenge and a great ride.
You’ll need to be extra careful on certain sections of the race – the A67 from Glossop and the brief stretch of the Woodhead Pass (A628) can both get busy. To counter this, try cycling the route on weekend mornings, on weekdays in the middle of the day and on summer evenings – any of these times should see significantly clearer roads.
You can start at any point on the circular route and tailor it to suit your own needs but for a suggestion:
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– Start in Glossop and head out along Woodhead Road (B6105). Follow the road across the width of Woodhead Reservoir until it meets the A628.
– 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.
– 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!
Have you been on any great rides recently? If so, we’d love to hear from you and share those routes with the Wheelie Good Guys community. You can get in touch with site administrator James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, why not join in the action over in our unique cycling forum; where you can ask us for advice on some local routes as well as a number of other cycling issues. There’s also the opportunity to interact with:
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