Where to Bike in the Peak District

It's amazing where pedal power can take you if you know which paths to take! Here are a few of our favourite routes in the Peak District.

We get out biking a fair bit in the Peak District - especially now that we can pop into our new Hathersage store for a brew part way round - and we've managed to learn a thing or two about where to ride in the area.

Whether you want to blast away the cobwebs after an evening of merriment, test your pedal power against the famous Peak District climbs, or explore the area on two wheels, we have a selection of routes that'll get you making the most of all those special landscapes you've heard all about!


Thornbridge Loop - 33km - 776m Ascent

One of AlpKenny's favourite Sunday morning rides, this route begins at Thornbride Outdoors, leading you through Bakewell (Bakewell Pudding anyone?) and up Castle Hill to the idyllic landscape of the villages that surround the Chatsworth Estate. Aftere winding your way North, you'll return back to camp via Great Longstone. With only a few short stretches on main roads, you'll be able to concentrate your efforts on digging down deep to make it over the rolling hills.

 

 

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Hathersage Loop - 35km - 942m ascent

When we opened our Hatherasge store, we decided that it would be the perfect base from which we could explore the Dark Peak. And explore we have! This route starts with having a cup of tea in AK Hathersage. You'll need that cup of tea, as the first 7 km take you up and out onto Shatton Moor on your way over to Bradwell. Stop for an icecream at Bradwell (you won't regret it) before winding round to Hope and climbing over Win Hill leads you down to the River Ashop where it joins the reservoir. From then on, it's plain sailing all the way back to Hathersage for a recovery brew at the shop (with maybe a few small hills along the way...). 

 

 

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Cross Loop - 75km - 1565m ascent

For those of you who fancy a big day out, why not make it a Big Day Out exploring on two wheels? Beginning at Thornbridge Hall, or indeed whereever else you want it to, this route leads you on a large loop through the northern White Peak, up into the Southern Dark Peak, giving a taste of variety of landscape that the Peak District has to offer.

From Thornbridge you'll head East towards Baslow before beginning a Northwards climb up onto the moors above Froggatt, remaining at a (relatively) steady altitude as you snake between Burbage and Houndkirk Moor until you reach the South Eastern reaches of Sheffield. Next you'll round Redmires reservoir and bearing East as you whizz down into Bamford. Make the most of the steady incline to Edale, as the steep climb via Mam Tor to Lords Seat will definitely leave your legs burning! Don't worry, the views from the top sure do make up for it. The descent back towards Thornbridge sure make the few last climbs a lot easier to stomach. Ideal for a big day out when you really fancy a challenge!

 

 

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Remember: all outdoor activities involve risk, you must have a clear understanding of these risks before pursuing any activity.

We have tried to make all information as accurate as possible, however trails are not marked on bridleways and use of any of information is entirely at your own risk, please always take a map out with you.

You are responsible for your personal safety and must exercise your own independent judgment as to whether the activity is suitable for you in the context of your fitness, training, skills and experience.

02 01 2018

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