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Peak District

Cycling and MTB

On this page (click to see) – Family Cycling, For the more dedicated, Clubs and associations

(for Cycle Hire and Guided Cycling see the Outdoor Activity Providers and Multi Activity Providers pages)

Family Cycling

There are a number of cycle tracks in the Peak District area suitable for family cycling, though with young children you may need to select your route with stops and refreshments in mind. I hope you find the following useful.

Carsington Water – The Reservoir is owned by Severn Trent Water and they have provided a fine recreational facility here, car parking, visitor centre, play area, cafe, but best of all is the full circuit walking / cycle track. About 8 miles some short steep climbs / descents, lots of places to stop take in the view, watch the birds or have a picnic, for the Mountain Biker or a family cycle/ walk. The route can also include a stop at the village pub!
for more info see www.moretoexperience.co.uk and download this map

Derwent Reservoirs – There are a number of cycle routes / tracks around the Derwent Valley Reservoirs, from easy family rides to off road and strenuous. There is a road along one side of the reservoirs which provides easy cycling, this road is closed to traffic from the Fairholmes visitor centre at weekends and bank holidays providing a safe cycle route. Cycle hire is available from the Fairholmes visitor centre. download a leaflet and map from www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Dove Dale – Tourist areas tend to have hot spots, generally because they have some intrinsic attraction and have developed the infrastructure and services for visitors. These are popular for a reason and so deserve a mention.
for more info see

High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail These trails use old railway routes and are therefore gentle White Peak Trails (775KB) – cycle route map and information about the High Peak and Tissington trails and linking routes
for more info see www.peakdistrict.gov.uk (PDF) and www.derbyshire.gov.uk

Ladybower, Howden and Uper Derwent Resivoirs – Three linked reservoirs, a visitor centre, cycle hire etc, a road runs up 1 side of the valley while, tracks and trails cross the other side – for families the circular route from the visitor centre is best taken off road side first, this is a bit of a steep start and rough track but for children an adventure, this leaves the easier road section on the way back
for more info see – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/…dark-peak-three-reservoirs-cycle-trail

Longdendale Trail – A 7 mile track (old railway track bed) surfaced, gentle climb, 5 reservoirs along the valley – see www.unitedutilities.com www.cycle-route.com and www.gps-routes.co.uk

Leek to Rushton Spencer Greenway provides a family cycling route – a well surfaced track approximately 8.5 kilometres long between Leek and the northern end of Rudyard Lake.
for more info see www.staffordshire.gov.uk/…/OpenSpacesLeektoRushtonGreenway.aspx

Macclesfield and Bollin Valley – There are a number of walking / cycling routes on the website – www.bollinvalley.org.uk inc The Bollin Valley Way 25 miles / 40 kilometres

Manifold Valley – 8.5 miles, most is off road on a surfaced track, easy ride good for children
for more info see www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/…/Manifold%20Valley%20lflt.pdf

Middlewood Way (Cheshire) – 11 miles of old railway track provides this pleasant cycle track running from Macclesfield to Marple, just outside the Peak District National Park it can be linked in with a visit to Lyme Park. Part of Route 55 it offers easy and scenic cycling for the family. For much of its length it runs close to the Macclesfield Canal. Download a PDF leaflet from here for more info see www.cheshireeast.gov.uk

Monsal Trail – This cyle track runs from Bakewell Station to Wyedale near to Buxton, it runs along the old Midlands Railway track bed and tunnels. The tunnels were reopened in 2011 after many years and now this trail provides a gentle walk / cycle through some of the Peak Districts stunning countryside. There is also access at Millers Dale Station –
Monsal Trail leaflet (103KB)
for more info see

Sett Valley Trail – New Mils – two and a half miles – for more info see www.derbyshire.gov.uk and www.walk4life.info

Win Hill Circuit cycle trail – …20 miles circular route see – peakdistrict.nationaltrust.org.uk

For the more dedicated and experienced

Chatsworth Circuit – 18.5 miles / 30km – Energetic, MTB, Inspiration Start/Finish: Youlgrave/Youlgrave see – www.peakroutes.com/blog/peak-district-mtb-gopro-chatsworth-circuit/

Derwent Valley The Three Reservoirs – 18 miles (challenging) see – www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Edale Valley – Tough cycle trail…- 16 miles (challenging) see – www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Trans-Pennine Trail 207 mile coast to coast route from Southport to Hornsea – see www.transpenninetrail.org.uk

Pennine Cycleway 355 mile Derby to Berwick upon Tweed – The Peak District section passes through Ashbourne (Tissington Trail), Buxton, Whaley Bridge and New Mills – see www.sustrans.org.uk/…/route-68

Pennine Bridleway – 130 mile route suitable for mountain bikes see www.nationaltrail.co.uk

More info is available on these websites –

www.peakdistrict.gov.uk, www.derbyshire.gov.uk,
www.mountainbikerides.co.uk, www.peakdistrictcycleways.co.uk



YouTube videos

Pedal the Peak District – 9 Journeys of Discovery by Bike
Cycling The High Peak Trail in Derbyshire 2015
Riding The Longdendale Trail Video 2015



Clubs and associations

www.bmbo.org.uk British Mountain Bike Orienteering

www.glossopkindervelo.co.uk – based in Glossop, Derbyshire, in the High Peak. As a growing club with over 60 members, we cater for cyclists of all disciplines including road, MTB, track, TT, triathlon and long distance

www.hayfieldhub.net – The Hayfield Mountain Biking and Cycling Club/Group

monkeyspoon.com – a website and blog about mountain biking in the Peak District

www.peakdistrictmtb.org – Peak District MTB