First on our list is Eroica Britannia, which was named last year by Visit England, as one of the best value family festivals in the UK. Guess what? It’s back again this year! This three day long celebration is back to showcase the very best that Britain has to offer. There is fun for all of the family throughout the Peak District National Park, with not only cycling fun, but live music, entertainment, vintage sales, shops and so much more to entertain you…oh and there’s even a fancy dress competition, too! But the real spectacle of the Eroica Britannia is the famous pre-1987 bicycles bike ride, where last year an incredible 3,000 cyclists took part in the adventure, clad in their finest vintage clothing to boot. At a mere £10 for the entire three day event, you’d be crazy not to miss it!
Peak District Cycling Trails
Here’s a list of our favourite cycling trails in various locations throughout the Peak District. We have added the distances for you where we can, but where we haven’t it means that you can tailor the bicycle ride to suit you and your family (if you want to take them with you but you could be going alone for some well-deserved peace and quiet!)
Peak District Bicycle Routes for Everyone
- Hayfield to Hope – an undulating, cycle ride beginning at the Sett Valley Trail. This hard core cycle, 24 miles later finishing at Hope Valley Road, is not for the faint hearted.
- High Peak Trail – a great for everyone and for any ability, though it is a little long for younger children. But this 17.5 mile ride enables you to avoid the traffic and stop off for a picnic to take advantage of some incredible views. The best part of this route is the High Peak Trail which is 6.5 miles from Middleton Top to Minninglow, if that suits you or the children better.
- Black Harry Trails – ideal not only for mountain biking but for horse riding too, if you choose to take to a different saddle for a change.
- Glossop Circular – if you like cycling near water, then this is the route for you! Due to Glossop being situated on the border of our idyllic Peak District, this can also suit you perfectly if you are from Manchester or Stockport and are wishing to cycle. You can choose your route from here, with three options: Ladybower (16.4 miles), Woodhead or Kinder Reservoir.
- Chatsworth Loop – a challenging ride, both in distance (27.5 miles) and ascents.
- Mam Tor – a figure of eight, lasting 12.4 miles around Hope Valley. You must be brave to take on this challenge, as the climbs and descents are a little on the sharp side. So grab on tightly to handlebars around Cave Dale!
- Tissington Trail – a fairly tricky ride but you will be rewarded with incredible views of the Peak District! There is a trail to follow all of the way, though there are some steep areas so be prepared for some deep breathing.
- Monsal Trail – Short but sweet! At 8.5 miles long, this is ideal for all of the family and will lead you along what was once the London to Manchester railway line. There’s plenty to see – quarries, nature reserves and animals. If you don’t have a bike or the kids have outgrown theirs, don’t worry – you can hire them at the Monsal Trail Cycle Hire at Hassop Station.
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